During our preschool seed theme I put together a seed tray for the kids to explore. They each used the tray in different ways, and it gave us a lot of opportunities to practice fine motor skills, engage in math activities, and discuss the properties of seeds.
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SEEDS FINE MOTOR SORTING TRAY
Lovey’s first choice for exploring the tray was trying to transfer seeds using the tweezers. I always know she’s really concentrating when that little tongue starts to peek out, but she persevered and ended up with a great collection of seeds in the small pots.
After she finished with the tweezers she used the flower tray to sort the seeds by kind.
Big Buddy preferred using small scoops. To begin he filled the tray with seeds at random. Then he emptied the tray and began to sort them by kind. I loved his creativity…he very carefully arranged the seeds in the flower spots so that the seeds made the shape of the flower. It was awesome! Sadly, he dumped it before I snapped a picture.
Tinker also enjoyed the seed tray. She preferred using her fingers to transfer the seeds and fill up the pots…over and over again in toddler fashion!
You might also extend these activities by:
- Counting how many seeds it takes to fill one spot on the flower tray (and compare the numbers when different kinds of seeds are used)
- Practicing nonstandard measuring by counting how many scoops of seeds it takes to fill one of the small pots
- Making seed patterns with the seeds
How else would you encourage kids to explore this seed tray?
If you’re hoping to find a little more inspiration, you might be interested in The Garden Classroom. This new book is a terrific resource for learning to create your own garden classroom no matter the size of your gardening space or your skill level. In addition to great tips about gardening with kids, there are literacy, math, science, craft, and play ideas.
You can find more activities and ideas for teaching kids about seeds on my Pinterest boards.
Please be sure to supervise young children closely when they are using small objects like seeds.
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