Discussions Regarding the Preschool Observation Checklist and Evaluation Tool (POCET)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Activity Idea: Tiny Seeds

Head Start QuickSource® reminds us that the Physical Development & Health domain refers to "physical well-being, use of the body, muscle control, and appropriate nutrition, exercise, hygiene, and safety practices." Physical well-being, health and motor development are foundation to children's learning and early health habits lay the foundation for lifelong healthy living.

Here's an activity called Tiny Seeds that encourages children's creative expression and the development of their fine motor skills. For this activity, you will need paper plates (DIXIE), Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera Yellow Paint (WSTYE), paint brushes (LOTCHB), Colorations® Heavyweight Green Construction Paper (9CPGR), Colorations® Washable School Glue (SCWGSET), and The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.

Materials Needed:
9" White Paper Plates (DIXIE)
Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera Yellow Paint (WSTYE)
Colorations® Best Value Plastic Handle Paint Brushes (LOTCHB)
9x12" Colorations® Heavyweight Green Construction Paper (9CPGR)
Colorations® Washable School Glue (SCWGSET)

Let's Get Started:
1. Talk to the children about the flight of the seed in the story. Remind them what happened with each season.

2. Discuss how big the sunflower grew and how there were hundreds of seeds in the middle of its pod.

3. Give each child a paper plate and have them paint it yellow.

4. Show them how to glue sunflower seeds into the center of the plate.

5. Attach a strip of green paper to the back of the plate to resemble the stem.

6. Display your field of sunflowers on a classroom bulletin board.

Bring a variety of seeds or nuts in to the classroom and encourage the children to examine and sort them. Suggestions include acorns, seedpods, pumpkins or acorn squash cut in half. Include whole sunflower seeds as well as ready-to-eat sunflower seeds and peanuts in a shell and out of the shell. How are the seeds alike? How are they different?

If using POCET™, this activity corresponds with the devlopmental guidelines shown in PH2: Begins to show Fine Motor Dexterity and Control.

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