Exploring the seeds of fall in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on September 26, 2012

in Science and Nature, Seeds of Fall

I don’t think I realized how many different kinds of seeds there are to explore in the fall until Mrs. T shared with us an entire collection of seeds last week…

Mrs. T. set our discovery table up with a wonderful collection of all types of seeds for the children to explore. As they walked into our outdoor classroom, the children were able to get right to work…

I would love to tell you the names of all the different types of seeds but that is simply not my expertise. I think my students recognized the seeds better than I did…

The children used magnifying glasses to take a closer look at the seeds and they used their hands and tweezer to pull the seeds out of the pods or plants to take an even closer look at them…

The children even used the larger tweezers to try and crack open a few peanuts (we have no peanut allergies in our group of kids by the way)…

Mrs. T. had some of the seeds she had collected labeled and set out in petri dishes for the children to open up and freely explore as well…

Some of the children placed the seeds they pulled off plants into our three-part clear containers that Mrs. Courtney set out for us as part of their exploration…

There was always someone stopping by to examine and investigate the seeds and plants as long as we had the materials out on the discovery table for the children to explore…

Perhaps you can take a look around and see what sort of seeds you can find this fall – you might be surprised to find that there are so many all around…

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1 Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It September 26, 2012 at 8:03 am

We had fun doing the same thing at our house, it’s such a great discovery time for children. Thanks for sharing. http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2011/09/who-gives-hoot-about-saving-seeds.html

2 kathy abraham September 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I love this idea for our nature table. Living in Florida, it can be a challenge to do a traditional fall table when you don’t really have the same seasonal changes as northern states. But we have a lot of seeds that are native to our state!

3 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I would imagine that you would have some beautiful seeds in Florida! I would love to see some of those myself!

4 Robyn Fischer September 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Hi,
Where did you get the small round plastic holders that contain the seeds?
Cute spread for a science center. It looks like they had a wonderful time!!

5 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Hey Robyn,
I got them 2 for $1 at Target in the Dollar Spot last year but they are also available online at http://www.unitednow.com/product/14546/petri-dishes.aspx?item=31754!

:)D

6 Kimira September 28, 2012 at 2:54 am

This is so cool. I have a collection of seeds but have not really facilitated exploring them. i was thinking of an art form or something, but this kind of open exploration is really cool too.

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