Making our own tiny seed pods

Making our own tiny seed pods was a fabulous exploration in science, nature, and sensory play!

After reading the book “Plant the Tiny Seed” by Christie Matheson, Miss Lauren invited the children to make their own tiny seed pods. As you can see from the table set-up, this process was quite an impressive undertaking!

The children began the process by tearing up old newspapers into tiny pieces. A great workout in fine motor control and strengthening.

After the paper was torn up and ready to go, the children soaked the paper in a pan of water. We let the paper soak while we went off to morning greeting and to read our story.

Now it was time to get to work making our tiny seed pods. First, the children needed to transfer the wet paper scraps into a blender so we could blend the paper into pulp. We added more water as needed.

Once the paper was blended into pulp, then the children strained the water out of the paper pulp.

Next, the children kneaded seeds into the paper pulp.

And then the children formed small balls of seeded paper pulp and placed them in an ice cube container to set aside to dry.

Once the tiny seed pods dry out, the children will toss the seed pods around our play scape area which should produce some interesting plant growth all around the area. I think before the children spread their seed pods throughout the playscape, we will have them do a little charting and hypothesizing as to what they think will grow and compare their guesses to what actually does grow. Excellent way to continue the science that this process presents us with!

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By |2018-11-02T11:04:38+00:00April 7th, 2017|

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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. Janet April 9, 2017 at 9:36 am - Reply

    This sounds so interesting. Do the seeds really grow? The water in the pulp doesn’t start germination?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 9, 2017 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Yes – the seeds do really grow but in our case, we still haven’t “planted” our seed pods so I will update to let you know how it goes!

  2. cathy January 7, 2019 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Do you leave them in the ice cube tray not understanding where they go after they
    dry out.

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