Counting and planting seeds

We are continuing our exploration of seeds and today we examined how seeds grow. We started off by reading the delightful children’s book “Ten Seeds” by Ruth Brown…

While reading the book, we counted 10 seeds of our own…

The book starts off with 10 seeds that are planted in the ground but as we take a picture walk through each page we examine what happens to each seed or plant.  One by one, the seeds and plants start to disappear…

And as we discover that each plant or seed has either been removed or stepped on, we also remove a seed from our trays and count how many we still have left…

And before long, we discover there are no more seeds on our board…

But we discover that new seeds start to appear so we can start all over again!

And now that we have counted all of our seeds, we go off to explore a little seed planting fun on our own. The children played with the seeds in their own little box of dirt…

And while playing, each child set aside one seed and planted it in a cup so we can watch it grow…

We wonder how long it will take for our seeds to grow!

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By |2012-03-23T09:45:53+00:00March 23rd, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. andiejaye March 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    oooh! a unique way to explore the plant life cycle and math at the same time! pinning this!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks for pinning!!

  2. crystal@growingajeweledrose March 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    The already planted most of our seeds, but the activities you have shared this week have me wanting to go pick some up just for exploring purposes. These activities never occurred to me. We so should have manipulated and played with our seeds before planting them.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      Haha – I always find something I wish we would have done when it is too late!!!

  3. eryn March 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    This is such a good idea! I like how everything is tied together by the seeds — the book, counting and planting.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 23, 2012 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      Isn’t it wonderful when you can find a way to connect literature with other areas of the classroom? One of my favorite things to do!

  4. Cathy@pre-schoolplay March 24, 2012 at 2:53 am - Reply

    I love your idea. I was going to get the children to plant some seeds over Easter, so this will be perfect! Now I just need to locate a copy of the book:-)

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