Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity, children explore the ways seeds grow in fruits and vegetables. Children observe and compare a range of fruits and vegetables based on weight, colour, size, texture and smell, and will look for the seeds in these fruits and vegetables. Older children will also explore a broader range of seeds through the use of flashcards. At the end of the activity, children can create salads or soup out of the fruit to share. 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 fresh fruits and vegetables. Where possible collect two of each fruit and vegetable and cut one open to expose the seeds and leave the other one uncut. Consider collecting some of the following: orange, apple,  strawberry, kiwi fruit, watermelon (with pips), grapes (with pips), stone fruit, pumpkin, capsicum, cucumber, potato, tomato.

Ages 3 to 5 – 

  • Collect a range of fresh fruits and vegetables. Where possible collect two of each fruit and vegetable and cut one open to expose the seeds and leave the other one uncut. Consider collecting some of the following: orange, apple, strawberry, kiwi fruit, watermelon (with pips), grapes (with pips), stone fruit, pumpkin, capsicum, cucumber, potato, tomato.
  • Print the Different types of seeds 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 fruit and vegetables. Children will observe and compare a range of fruits and vegetables based on weight, colour, size, texture and smell, and will look for the seeds in these fruits and vegetables. Older children will also explore a broader range of seeds through the use of flashcards. At the end of the activity, children can create salads out of the fruit and vegetables to share.

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

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