Let’s Celebrate: Seeds

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Without seeds there is no new life. I honestly believe that growing a plant or tree is truly magical and fascinating to watch. The whole process is so exciting, from getting the seed, placing it in the dirt, watering it, and watching it grow to produce more seeds.

The seed process

Look who joined us while we were learning the seed growing process. Yes, I’m holding a California Quail. We have been taking our school outdoors these past two weeks. As we were busy painting, learning, and molding we heard a loud sound and saw a hawk trying to attack the California Quail. Because we got up to see what the noise was all about we had scared the hawk away. The quail sat with us for 10 minutes and then he flew away once the hawk was out of sight.

There are two main groups of seeds: monocots and dicots. The embryo’s first meal is its seed leaves. If a seed has one leaf then it’s called monocot and if the seed has two leaves then it’s called dicots. Sunflower seeds have two leaves and corn seeds have one.

Every seed has 3 things: a seed coat, embryo, and food tissue.

We received an amazing seed process set from Montessori Shop (www.montessorishop.co.nz/)
Girls made replicas of the seed process by using beeswax molding from Bella Luna Toys (instashop.co/bellalunatoys).

We placed some sunflower seeds in a zip lock bag and added a wet paper towel. This is simple and easy to do especially if you will be out of town like we were for a few days. When we came back our sunflowers had germinated and had roots and a stem. The first true leaves had not yet emerged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dancing Seeds

Have you ever watched a seed dance? Would you like to dance with a seed? Then you’d love this experiment.

All you need is a jar, ¼ cups of vinegar, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, handful of un-popcorn kernels, 1 cup of water, and an empty bowl.

Place the glass in the center of your bowl. Add your corn kernels. Add water and watch what happens. Then add vinegar. The last step you’ll want to add is baking soda. Now let the dancing party began.
When baking soda hits vinegar acid is created, the acid creates bubbles and then the bubbles stick to the corn. The corn rises to the top then when the bubble pops the corn drops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun with Popcorn

Have you ever asked yourself why a corn kernel is the only seed that can be turned into popcorn? It has to do with two important factors: it has a super hard shell and each seed contains a small amount of water in them. Corn is a monocot.

Corn contains water and when it is cooking it builds steam and the steam builds pressure until it pops. When the shell breaks we have popcorn. The white part of the popcorn is the endosperm this is what provides energy for the embryo. The end piece of the popcorn that is hard and often times gets stuck in our teeth is the pericarp (the hard seed coat).

All you need to make popcorn is a frying pan, lid, un-popped popcorn kernels, oil, butter, and seasoning (cinnamon or barbeque). Add some oil to the frying pan and place un-popped popcorn kernels. Make sure the lid is on or else you’ll have a big mess. Once the popcorn has popped then add some melted butter and seasoning to it.

 

Examining Seeds

 

We really enjoyed gathering all the seeds that we had so that we could open and examine them closer. Did you know that a seed as small as a freckle can grow into the world’s largest tree? Yep, Redwoods seeds are so small but the tree so tall. The smallest seed is the orchid seed and the largest is the coco de mer palm. It can weigh up to 60 pounds.

 

 

 

 

How Seeds Travel

Seeds need a place to grow and majority of the seeds sprout far from their parent plants. Three ways seeds can travel: the wind can blow it to some place, a seed can float in water, or it can land on an animals fur.

If a seed gets stuck in a spider web or if it is in the water for too long it will began to rot.

This experiment or demonstration is so easy to do. All you need is a handful of different kinds of seeds, a bowl of water, and a hairdryer. It is important to explain to children that the hairdryer should not come close to the water.

 

 

 

Seed Booklet

I love vintage books, papers, and pressed flowers. I made a booklet where I could keep seeds and pressed flowers in homemade vintage envelopes. This is my favorite corner in our house because it’s my creative corner and a the corner where I get to sit down and talk to so many lovely people around the world. To learn how to make the envelopes and to see my booklet, please watch the video below.

 

 

 

 

The seed unit cards are from Twig and Moth.

The flower press is from Bella Luna Toys.

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24 Responses

  1. robin rue

    My boys would love the dancing seeds experiment! They are both SO into STEM stuff right now and that is right up their alley.

  2. I remember planting seeds in wet paper towels in elementary school! I had forgotten about that until this post! It was such a great way to see how the seeds transformed!

  3. These are lovely experiments and activities for the kids to learn more sbout seeds and how they grow into a plant. I like that one with the popcorn. There’s so much to learn from this post!

  4. That quail is adorable! I love all these ideas for learning more about seeds. My son is cyber schooling next year, so I’m collecting resources for science things we can do at home.

  5. This looks like such a fun day! I love mixing learning with fun and hands-on activity! At school I was never good at just sitting there and learning – I always wanted it to be interactive!

  6. This looks like a very fun activity to do with your children. I have several friends who homeschool and I will certainly pass along this information to them .

  7. andrea

    this is so cool, i mean i know i’m 27 but this all still intrigues me SO SO much. and the drying the flower in a book I too do this all the time, and then frame them. so cool little touch.

  8. This looks like it was a real success! I have been thinking about doing a little garden with my daughter, it would be a fun little learning experience.

  9. Ahhh what a cool and fun activity to do with children! And it teaches them so much as well! How interesting!

  10. I used to love trying to grow new things when I was a kid, sunflowers were always my favourites as they grew so tall x

  11. My girls and I will try out the dancing seeds this weekend, it sounds like an easy and fun adventure to do. I didn’t know that the smallest seed is the orchid seed and neither did I know about the largest seed. This was quite fun to read!

  12. I find the process of growing seeds fascinating as well. There is something so exciting about teaching kids the process of how life forms grow and what a great Stem activity too. Always important to stimulate the mind x

  13. I love all the activity you do with your kids! I honestly believe you might be the best educational environment I have ever seen. I love all the seed activity!

  14. You have a wonderful family! Your kids are so blessed to have you, I admire you for teaching them patiently

  15. Brittany

    I’m really excited to homeschool my kids this year to do stuff like this. They would love an entire unit on seeds and flowers like this!

  16. When I was a kid, I always loved doing these type of experiments in class. It was so fascinating to watch nature at work. I know I would have loved the dancing seed experiment.

  17. This is something I’ll have to do with my kiddos! I think they would love to do this and watch the seeds dance!

  18. Wow!! This looks like such a fun way to learn about nature and how things work. I love that a qual decided to join in on the lesson

  19. Jeanine

    This looks like so much fun! My kids love doing things with seeds, but we never really bother. Our new house will have a garden so it will be fun to teach them about seeds when we move!

  20. That’s beautifully done for the kids, all the details that they’ll ever need are here and in a manner that they can understand as well. I love lesson plans like this!

  21. What a great learning opportunity. I love how your lessons are hands on with so many different components. I’m sure your children loved the activities.

  22. The dancing seeds experiment is so cool! My kids would love it! They would also love the flower coloring/drawing. Such fun activities.

  23. This is such a great post! I vaguely remember learning about this in school when I was younger, but I never had the fun experiments and hands on learning like this! What a great way to learn!

  24. It’s so great that you do all these activities with your kids. I love it and I love plants. I learned something new about corn seeds. I am also in the process of growing a lemon plant. Wish me luck!

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