Friday, August 3, 2012

Nature Explorers - Seeds


Welcome to The Nature Explorers Club. I am a mom who loves nature and loves to share it with others. Using my experience as an Outdoor Education Instructor and my basic love of nature, I will be venturing out to explore the great outdoors every week with my kids. Every week I will share what we did, and every week you are welcome to join us. So get your boots ready, because we're going exploring!

This week for Nature Explorers, we went on a family adventure.  We focused on seeds and learning about them.  Though I didn't get to do everything I wanted we still had a great week.  On our adventure, the goal was to find as many seeds as we could.  Luckily Daddy got to come with us!

 Yep, this is the man who puts up with all my craziness...

We found several forms of seeds, in cones, in pods, in berries.

 The coolest was this Paw Paw tree. 

Of course a nature adventure would not be complete with out a frog.  I think we may be a bit obsessed with them.

Earlier in the week we did a few other activities in preparation for our outing.  We grew beans in a jar using paper towel and a little bit of water.

We learned the parts of a seed.  The seed coat, endosperm (or food for the embryo), and the embryo (the wee little baby plant)

We also learned in what order a plant grows using a felt board in a file folder. First a large tap root grows, then smaller, finer roots grow off of that.  It then send up a stem, with leaves following.  Eventually there will be a flower.  We also started to learn the parts of the flower.  This next week we will learn about pollination, bees and flowers which circles back to this topic of seeds.

Some books we enjoyed were:
How a Seed Grows - Helene J. Jordan
The Tiny Seed - Eric Carle
The Berenstain Bears Grow It! - Stand & Jan Berenstain

If you and your kids went out and explored nature this week, please feel free to link up below.  It is not necessary to have focused on seeds, we just want to share our adventures in the great outdoors.

1 comment:

  1. I never even thought about looking at seeds with the kids! My 4 year old is obsessed with planting things, so we should definitely try walking around looking at all the different kinds of seeds. Thanks for sharing!