Today the preschooler and I spent the morning looking at, tasting, planting and making art with pips and seeds!
We’ve been planting lots of seeds lately, especially since we started this week’s gardening and growing theme, and I wanted to talk to the preschooler about seeds that we can eat, seeds that we find inside fruit and vegetables, and pips that we can plant too. I bought a pack of mixed sweet seeds for this purpose and presented them to the preschooler with some tools so that he could start to explore. He quickly realised that some of the seeds were coated in chocolate and yogurt and he enjoyed using the plastic tongs to find and eat them! We then sorted the rest of the seeds into two pots- one for pumpkin and one for sunflowers. We:
- talked about the different shapes, colours and sizes
- made predictions about which ones came from a pumpkin and which from a sunflower
- talked about where we could find these seeds- the preschooler knew they came from the garden, so we talked about cutting open a pumpkin and looking into a sunflower to find the seeds
- talked about seeds you can eat and seeds you can plant
- re-capped what seeds needed to grow
- talked about how many seeds we had- too many to count!
- made guesses about which pot had more or less seeds than the other
We then talked about fruits and vegetables that we have at home, which have seeds inside them. We cut open an apple and took out the pips. The preschooler knew they were seeds and wanted to plant them straight away! He also knew that we don’t eat these seeds, as he remembered crunching one once at it tasted gross. We tasted the apple though and that was delicious, my favourite!
So we decided to plant apple pips! I made some quick pots using newspaper, following the same method as for the Plenty pots. Then I left the preschooler to it. He:
- filled each pot with soil
- added water spladoosh!
- popped two seeds into one pot and three into another for each apple type
- pressed the seeds into the soil
- covered with a little more water
- stuck 4 lolly sticks into each pot (we had to use cotton buds for two of the pots though as we ran out of lolly sticks! I’m sure they’ll work just as well…?)
- popped a clear plastic bag over the top of the sticks (we used a zip lock bag cut in half)
- secured the bag with a rubber band
The little apple pip greenhouses are sitting on the kitchen windowsill as they need to be in a warm place. I hope they grow!
We had lots of plain sunflower and pumpkin seeds left over so I thought it would be nice to do some artwork with them. I drew a large L on a sheet of paper and stuck it inside the Tuff spot. I gave the preschooler some glitter glue, a paintbrush and the two pots of seeds. This is what he did:
- he painted the glitter glue all over the L shape
- he used his fingers to spread it: slimy!
- he sprinkled the seeds onto the glue, listening to the raindrop sounds
- he poured the seeds onto the glue and used his fingers to spread them out
- he carefully painted more glitter glue over the top of the seeds
The result was really lovely! The glitter glue has lovely star sequins in it so the finished piece was very sparkly!
Once we’d finished the artwork, the preschooler was still really keen to play with more seeds so I brought out the minty playdough I made the day before. I wanted him to relate this playdough to the mint seeds we planted earlier this week so we talked about the smell a little before we started to play. To make this playdough I:
- mixed 4 tablespoons of cornflour with a generous squeeze of tea tree and mint conditioner
- added a little water
That’s it! This is another playdough that you can make as soft or as crumbly as you like. When soft, it is rather reminiscent of gloop and when firmer, it can be used as a playdough, which is what we did. The rolled, cut, shaped and prodded the dough for some time, before he decided to push it into the small seed pots to make a pie. He soon discovered that he couldn’t get the pie out again, so he decorated it with a few seeds. Then he pressed it into the Tuff spot and was delighted to see that it left patterns! This kept him busy for ages and he didn’t mind at all that the dough was getting slightly sticky. It was a lovely multi sensory dough for him to play with,
It was really lovely to see the preschooler so involved in these activities today and I can’t wait to see his face when the apple pips start to grow!