We’re down to the last days of seed-pods before winter settles in and gets comfortable in our neighborhood, but if you’ve got a pocket full of acorns from your last nature walk, this post is for you. Since we’re on quite a tree-kick here at the Art & Nature Center, I’m focusing on tree-seeds for this Ideabox:. However, if you have great seed-based activities for other kinds of plants, please do share them in the comments below!
Seeds in homemade paper, seeds glued to burlap for a plant-able ‘mosaic,’ seeds preserved like jewels in resin (See more of Beth Galston’s works)–there are a lot of cool options for making art with seeds! My favorite is below:
Take a sock-walk! Collect seeds from trees (and other plants) by putting an old fuzzy pair of socks on *over* your walking/hiking shoes. Head to the nearest green space/meadow/park/forest preserve/backyard/hiking trail and see what you pick up from the sides of the trail. Pair this with a seed identification book and see how many species you collected.
Plant a tree! Fruit trees are a great option for trying some sprouting experiments, because it’s easy for kids to relate to them. Here are a few sets of recommendations for sprouting trees from your lunchtime leftovers:
Combine some hands-on, soil-on botany with math by measuring, tracking, and graphing your seed-germination experiments! What percent of seeds planted sprouted? What is the average sprout height after two weeks’ growth? If you give each plant pot a half-cup of water (or considerably less, depending on the size of your pot!) how much water is that in milliliters?
Literature & Dramatic Arts
There are lots of good stories out there about famous tree-planters (Wangari Maathai, Johnny Appleseed, etc.) but here are a few other ideas for talking about tree seeds through literature and dramatic interpretations:
What did I miss? Share your favorite seed activities, stories, and more in the comments below, or explore other tree-related posts.
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