Last year we did a topic that I labelled “From Little Things Big Things Grow”. We talked about how everyone can make a difference in the world, no matter if you are 4 or 44. We listened to the Paul Kelly song, “From Little Things Big Things Grow” and learnt that one person can make a difference. We discussed how even little things can make a change and grow into something big. It might be as simple as smiling at someone. We watched a YouTube video called Change the World in 5 Minutes – Everyday at School.
After watching the video we got talking about planting our own vegetables to help the environment. This lead to an investigation of seeds and the different ways that seeds are dispersed (EYLF 4.2: Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating). I’d seen a Peter Pan Seed Dispersal Theory post at Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning and found it intriguing. I made up my own A4 posters to show how the theory works and give examples of the seeds. You can download a copy here if you want to use it: The Peter Pan Seed Dispersal Theory.
I collected a variety of seeds from my backyard, the school playground, the pantry and the hardware store. We watched part of a David Attenborough film, The Private Life of Plants, on YouTube which showed how different seeds are dispersed. My class was especially fascinated with the rhino!
We followed that up with looking at the various seeds and trying to decide which seed dispersal method was used. The class was very engaged in this activity and I found a few later on collecting their own stash of seeds.
Karen from Pre-Kinders has a recent post called Make a Seed Book. This is a book made using snap lock bags. The seeds along with the seed packet are in the snap lock bags. What a great way to display the seeds! I’m thinking this is a must do if we cover this topic again this year as it will compliment it nicely.