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We continued our study of plants by examining seeds. Two fun activities popped up on my Pinterest feed that were related to seeds. I decided to combine the two activities together as they were related to one another. The first activity was posted by the Christian Montessori Network called Montessori Science: Dissecting Fruit. The other activity was a beautiful craft idea posted by Pink Stripey Socks called Kid Science: Let’s Study Seeds. Both activities can be used in many different ways, not just for seed study. They are both good for learning about the parts of fruit, using fruit nomenclature cards, etc.
First, we did the dissecting fruit activity. I thought this was such a unique idea to introduce pre-school aged children to science tools and the scientific process. Layaan loved using the tweezers to pull out the seeds. It incorporated fine motor skills along with science. Before we cut open the fruits, I asked her to make a good guess as to wat color and how big she was expecting the seeds to be. We observed all the seeds as we pulled them out and discussed if her guesses matched what we found. Though I only have an apple and pear pictured, we also did it with oranges, grapes, and tomatoes. After we rinsed off the seeds, we did the art activity from Pink Stripey Socks. I drew the outline of the fruit, and she painted the inside. We then glued the seeds onto the respective fruits. Once everything was dry, we continued to observe the similarities and differences between the seeds. This activity was great for comparing sizes of seeds, texture, colors, etc, while also combining art and spatial awareness.
I loved watching Layaan do this activity. I could see that she was really intrigued by it all. I watched a little scientist bloom through this. Check out our other posts from our plant unit listed below.
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