Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity children explore some of the different types of seed that we eat. Children begin by looking at a range of dried seeds, comparing their size, colour, texture, and shape. Younger children then make maracas using some dried seeds and milk/juice bottle lids. Older children can make maracas or use the seeds in other craft projects, including making mosaics. This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

This activity has been developed in partnership with    ACT_FOR_BEES_Inline_Ident_CMYK

 

EYLF Learning Outcome

Elaborations

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

4. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies, and natural and processed materials

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

1. Children interact verbally and non verbally with others for a range of purposes

 

Unit of work: Love Food? Love Seeds! – Early Learning

Resources required:

Ages 0 – 2 – 

  • Collect a range of dried seeds, such as rice (white, brown and/or black), wheat, barley, lentils, chickpeas, beans, poppy, sunflower, pumpkin (pepitas), sesame, chia, quinoa, corn. Place the different types of seeds in plastic tubs or clear plastic zip-lock bags and seal with sticky tape (by placing seeds into bags, children will be able to feel the seeds, however, if you think little fingers might be able to poke through the bags then place seeds into plastic tubs). If you find that your supermarket has a limited range of seeds, consider visiting a health food or produce store. 
  • To make seed maracas you will need:
    • Dried seeds
    • Two milk/juice bottle lids of the same size for each child
    • Masking tape
    • Ice cream sticks (optional)
    • Seed maracas instructions (optional)
    •  Tape and marker pens to decorate (optional)
  • Optional: Print the Nut Flashcards and stick the provocations to the back of each corresponding image.

Ages 3 to 5 – 

  • Collect a range of dried seeds, such as rice (white, brown and/or black), wheat, barley, lentils, chickpeas, beans, poppy, sunflower, pumpkin (pepitas), sesame, chia, quinoa, corn. If required, place the different types of seeds in plastic tubs or clear plastic zip-lock bags and seal with sticky tape (by placing seeds into bags, children will be able to feel the seeds, however, if you think little fingers might be able to poke through the bags then place seeds into plastic tubs). If you find that your supermarket has a limited range of seeds, consider visiting a health food or produce store. 
  • Seed crafts:
    • Maracas – Dried seeds, two milk/juice bottle lids of the same size for each child, masking tape, ice cream sticks (optional), Seed maracas instructions (optional), and tape and marker pens to decorate (optional).
    • Mosaics or mandalas – Dried seeds, glue and paper (or use this template to stick seeds to).
  • Optional: Print the Nut Flashcards and stick the provocations to the back of each corresponding image.

Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Background information

Learning goals: The aim of this activity is to get children thinking about the diversity of seeds in our world. Children compare and contrast a range of different dried seeds, and then use seeds in craft projects.

Teacher content information: Bees first appeared on Earth at least 80 million years ago. The ancestors of modern bee species lived alongside the dinosaurs - a time when giant pines, cedars, tree ferns and cycads were the main plants and the air swarmed with primitive insects, including oversized dragonflies and giant butterflies. During this time, the first flowering plants (angiosperms) appeared and a more effective way of pollination was needed, other than simply relying on the wind. The challenge was how to increase the chances of pollination and reproduction to ensure the success of future generations. The solution was to attract insects to assist with pollination. Over time flowers evolved a range of advertisements to attract pollinators, includi

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