Year after year my children are captivated by the seeds that they find, especially in the fall. There are so many interesting characteristics that grab one’s attention and stimulate the imagination. They are creatively designed packages that contain precious, life-bearing gifts. Some of them even employ quite dramatic delivery methods. As we add collected seeds and pods to our nature table once again, we are revisiting our study of the different types of seeds and how they travel. I have updated the printables we use so that I can share them with you.
Seed dispersal is a fascinating, fun and rich topic. With the abundance of seeds around, it’s fairly easy to find some to examine. And their diversity is sure to spark some awe and wonder. I hope after doing some exploring, your child will be curious and inspired to learn more. The resources and activity printables provided will help guide his interest into meaningful experiences.
Activities & Printables
- Start by reading about the different types of seeds (see resources provided below) and print this chart as a quick reference.
- This activity will help your child learn the different seed classifications. Cut out the images on the second page and sort them into the appropriate category (hint: The images are arranged in the correct order. You may like to print a second copy to use as reference.)
- After your child has collected a variety of seeds and pods, use this printable to sort them by how they get dispersed.
- Animals play a huge role in helping to disperse seeds. Your child can record what they have learned about the methods animals use on this sheet.
Resources to compliment your study of seed dispersal…
- A Seed is Sleepy by
- Seeds by Ken Robbins
- Who Will Plant a Tree by Jerry Pallotta
- Flip, Float, Fly! Seeds on the Move by JoAnn Early Macken
Berries, Nuts, And Seeds (Take Along Guides) by Diane Burns
- DK Eyewitness Books: Plant by David Burnie
- Cornell University’s Naturalist Outreach: Seed Dispersal – The Great Escape
- PBS Nature – The Seedy Side of Plants: a selection of videos showing different dispersal methods
- BBC Earth Unplugged: Exploding Cucumbers!
- Seeds on the Move: a Kids Discover post that clearly explains the various ways seeds get dispersed
- Field Studies Council: a simple and informative page with a helpful graphic
- Plum Landing: Seed Racer game