We recently started a local nature group that meets twice a month. We really enjoy it. I thought I would bring you all along on our walks, and share some fun activities we do. You can join in at home or better yet, start your own nature walks where you live.
We start each adventure with a book. This time we read A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Ashton and Sylvia long. It is filled with gorgeous pictures, loads of facts, and fun new ways to think of seeds. It could really make a field guide in it’s own right.
After reading, it’s time for exploring. We read all about seeds, what they were, how far they traveled, what they did, but could we actually find any seeds on our hike? Here is a video of some of the fun things we discovered.
Unfortunately, my camera died, so that’s all the footage I have. After our walk, we planted seeds and talked about the story of the sower and the seeds. As I was sharing the story with the children, something new hit me – something I had never thought about. The story talks about the seed that fell in the good soil, and how those seeds grew and prospered. There are really three things a seed needs – good soil (where it gets it’s nutrients), water and sunlight. For the seed of God’s love to grow in our hearts, we only need one thing – Jesus. He is our nutrients (the Bread of Life), our Living Water and the Light of the World. What a great lesson to learn from God’s amazing creation!
Do you want to do a nature adventure all about seeds? Here are some activities you can do with seeds along with the program plan we used for seeds.
Featured Book: A Seed Is Sleepy by Diana Ashton
Creator Connection: The parable of the sower and the seeds
Activity: As we explored nature, we looked for seeds. Children could plant seeds they found on their walk in cups or they could plant some of the seeds we brought.
OTHER IDEAS FOR HOME:
Books about seeds (I have not previewed all of these):
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
The Way to Start a Day by Byrd Baylor
Giving Thanks by Jonathan London
In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
From Nature Explore’s Family Club:
“There are many ways to collect seeds. Shake seeds out of pine cones. Crack open nuts. Hunt under trees. Picking up seed pods and opening them is fun! While walking, you could wear heavy socks over shoes or a bracelet of masking tape with the sticky side out so seeds will stay with you. Encourage parents to watch young children carefully because of possible toxicity or choking. Help children plant the seeds. Did you know working with soil releases endorphins just like exercise? So go ahead, get your hands dirty and then watch what happens as your seeds sprout and grow!”
Start or plan a garden:
Now is the perfect time to start seeds inside to transplant into your garden when the weather warms up. You can use seed catalogs to let your kids cut out what they want in the garden and they can glue their choices on green or brown paper.
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
Zinnia’s Flower Garden by Monica Wellington
Expanding on the Sower and the seed
– Act out the story with your kids
– Try planting the same kinds of seeds in the different kinds of soils – watch with your little ones to see what happens. Use clear cups to help you see even more.
– Color some printable of the sower and the seed and glue your own seeds on.
– Make seed gifts to give to someone to cheer their day. Include seeds, soil and a little cup – add a little note for extra cheer. Better yet, get it sprouted, decorate the cup and give them a beautiful flower.
Most of all, have fun and get outside!
Do you have any other ideas to share with us? We’d love to see what you all are doing to learn about God’s amazing seeds!
*The Green Hour by Todd Christopher is a great resource. Check out chapter 10: Seeking Out Seeds
I have been using a lot of resources from Nature Explore. You may find the resources helpful too.