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!