Kids plant seeds in eggshells to observe how seeds grow up. Planting seeds allow children to understand and have an idea for how things grow. Kids need to water and care for the plants so planting seeds encourage responsibility. They are very easy to grow and fun to watch for them.
I wrote a blog post when we started to teach 5 year olds’ first PYP unit ‘Growing up’. You can click the title to read it. “Creating Inquirer Students Through the PYP – Part I
Before telling ‘The Great Big Enormous Turnip’ story, I bring flowers to the class and explain them plants “grow up,” just like people do. This is called a life cycle.We read the ‘The Great Big Enormous Turnip’ story to learn how a very small seed grows into a very big turnip. The story is repetitive so the kids learn the story easily.They are willing to act out the story using laminated story characters cards. As each character struggles to pull up the turnip, the kids invite the next character to help.
When the kids wait for their seeds growing into plants, we read The Tiny Seed Story by Eric Carle to understand plant cycle. They learn what a seed is, how it grows, how it travels and what it needs to grow. After two weeks observation , they can sequence the life cycle of a plant.They create their mini books of the plant cycle based on the information they learn through ‘The Tiny Seed’ story and planting seeds activities.
You can play ‘Flower Pot Game’ with kids to reinforce their knowledge.When they play the game, they test how the flower grows and develop their strategic thinking and social skills.You can find more information about the educational games for kids when you read my post ‘Making Books and Educational Games’.