Kindergarten Seed Art, take II

With the Kindergartens, we’ve also been looking at seeds – we’ve been doing a very similar activity to the one we did last year, matching seeds to the plants they come from, but this year I added a counting element.

I’ve been starting with a book called “One Watermelon Seed” by Celia Barker Lottridge, but there are lots of counting-themed seed books out there that would work just as well.  This particular one was fun with the kids, since it gave them lots of chances to count along, first in ones, then in tens.  They really enjoyed that. Though they didn’t want to stop counting when we reached the right number! Clearly very proud of their counting skills – cute!

After the story, I introduced the four different seeds we’d be using for the worksheet – beans, peas, corn and calendula. While the first three seem like pretty evident choices for a kindie activity, I decided to include calendula for a few reasons:

Calendula seeds in the Blake garden last fall.  We used these seeds for the kindie seed activity.

Calendula seeds in the Blake garden last fall. We used these seeds for the kindie seed activity.

1) I have tons of seeds saved from the garden last year, 2) some of the kindies planted calendula last year, so now they’re using the seeds that came from the plants they planted from seed last year, and 3) calendula seeds are very strange looking things and I figured the kindies would be amused by them. They were. I didn’t anticipate how many would think they’re gross – not really sure what’s gross about them, but anyway…

After we’d identified the seeds, they started working on the worksheet.  First, they had to colour the pictures of beans, corn, peas and calendula. Then they had to glue the proper number of seeds under the picture of the matching plant. (I had Xs indicating how many seeds to glue – they had to glue one seed onto each X.)  And then, they had to count and write the correct number under the picture.  Lots of steps, I know. But Kayla and I were both helping, so it worked out well.  One of the teachers has already posted some examples of the activity outside her class, so I’ll have to take a picture of that this week and post it here soon.

Happy growing!

PS – Here’s the picture of the Kindergarten seed matching and counting activity that I said I’d post:

One of the Kindergarten pictures posted some of her students' worksheets, as well as making a poster to explain to parents what we did.

One of the Kindergarten pictures posted some of her students’ worksheets, as well as making a poster to explain to parents what we did.

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