Planting seeds in preschool

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Gardening and planting seeds in preschool is a wonderful outdoor activity!

Today was all about seeds and all things green. Gardening and planting seeds, whether at home or in the classroom, is a great way to encourage collaboration and build community!

Begin with a book

Together we began by reading Plant the Tiny Seed by Christine Matheson. The kids loved learning about planting seeds and how seeds grow. They especially loved this interactive story as they tapped the clouds to wish for rain, clapped to bring out the sun, and more! It is also introduces counting and colors throughout and the end of the book includes some fun info on how to plant seeds.

Planting seeds of our own

After reading the story, we decided to plant some seeds of our own! We gathered some potting soil and our grass seed. Each child had their own gloves and watering cans to garden with as well.

A hands-on experience

The kids loved putting on their gardening gear and working together to plant their seeds. This was a great community-building experience as kids collaborated to prepare their soil and plant their grass.

Filled with anticipation

The kids especially enjoyed seeing firsthand how grass is grown and they are eagerly waiting for their own grass seeds to grow! As the kids planted and watered their grass seed we made predictions. They are excited to make observations and check the progress of their grass each day.

Investigating Color

Exploring grass and seeds led us to an investigation of the color green. We identified things around us that are green and we made our very own class book about the color green. We also did a fingerplay called The Seed Begins in the Garden and it goes like this:

The seed begins in the garden

Tiny and small

But then it grows, and grows, and grows

Big and tall!

(Repeat)

A perfect day outdoors!

It was a wonderful day filled with fun, friendship, and lots of quality time spent outdoors! These little gardeners are becoming wonderful stewards of the environment and I can’t wait to see the fruit of their labor soon as their grass begins to grow.

Links to grow on…

From seed to flower at the sticky table

Seeded playdough sensory play

Making our own tiny seed pods

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

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