We love using gardening activities for preschoolers to promote developmental skills. These seed collection printables are the perfect way to say hello to spring!
I’ll admit it. I don’t have much of a green thumb. I’ve killed more houseplants than I care to remember and last year our vegetable garden yielded a whopping six cherry tomatoes – and that was it.
Luckily, there is still lots of fun to be had with seeds, leaves and flowers outside of the garden with all kinds of great fine motor activities. Today, we’ll challenge fine motor, grasping, manipulation, and visual skills while using up those leftover seeds with some fun gardening activities for preschoolers and elementary school kids!
Gardening Activities for Preschoolers and Elementary school kids
Working in the garden with kids is a great way to get them interested in nature and teach them about plants, insects, and the environment while also working on fine motor skills! Here are some tips to make it a fun experience:
- Start by choosing a few plants to grow that are easy to care for and that the kids will enjoy, such as sunflowers, strawberries, or cherry tomatoes.
- Involve the kids in the planting process by letting them help dig the holes, plant the seeds, and water the plants.
- Teach them about the importance of soil and compost, and let them help you add compost to the garden bed.
- Encourage the kids to observe the plants as they grow, noting any changes in size, shape, or color.
- Use the garden as an opportunity to teach the kids about insects, pointing out the different kinds of bugs that visit the plants and explaining their role in the ecosystem.
- Incorporate some garden crafts, such as making plant markers or creating a bug hotel.
- Make sure to take breaks and have fun while working in the garden, and don’t worry too much about things being perfect. The most important thing is to enjoy the time spent outside with the kids and help them develop a love for nature.
What You’ll Need
-A variety of fruit/vegetable/flower seeds/dried beans/dried corn kernels (you’ll need a range of different sizes and colors)
-Printable seed collection templates (collection, sort by color, sort by size)
What to do
These simple printable activities for kids will allow kids to sort and categorize seeds in a variety of ways, working on visual discrimination skills as well as fine motor coordination.
1-Simple seed collection: First, look through and explore your seeds with your child. Talk about what a seed is, how it grows, and his favorite foods that come from seeds. Have your child write his name on his seed collection page. Then, have him glue 5 or 6 of each type of seed into each box. Have him label each box with the name of the seed that he glued inside.
2-Sort by color: Now, have your child try sorting his seeds by color. Most are black or white…what other colors can you find?
3-Sort by size: Last, your child will sort his seeds by size, classifying them as small, medium, or large.
How to change it up:
-Kids have an easier time grasping small objects when they’re presented to them rather than having to pick them up from a smooth table where they can slip around. Try placing several seeds in your hand and allowing your child to pick one up at a time.
-For younger kids or kids who have more difficulty with grasping and fine motor coordination skills, use larger seeds like pumpkin, sunflower, etc.
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Fine motor skills, grasp, coordination, visual perceptual skills, visual motor integration, cognitive skills
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Emma @ P is for Preschooler says
I love this way of exploring seeds before you even start planting with them!
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