Flying and Falling Seeds

After a season of rain, we found that  many new weeds were growing in and around our beds. How are these plants growing if we did not plant any seeds? I asked the kids what they thought and they began brainstorming. Perhaps the small patch of grass started growing because seeds from the soccer field blew into the garden. After throwing out more ideas we established 5 ways seeds might travel from a plant to new soil where it can grow– by gravity, wind, water, animals, or mechanically.

I gave each child a small ball of clay and some wildflower seeds to act as “animals” transporting seeds from plants to a fresh soil. As we learned last semester, soil has clay in it– so we can use a bit to hold seeds together in making seed friends! We rolled the wildflower seeds, a little soil, and clay into a ball. The kids then shaped these balls into animal shapes and took them home to plant somewhere in their neighborhood where they wanted to see flowers.

Til next time!

-Ranger Claire

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Claire Heddles

Claire is a researcher and sociologist who grew up in Tucson, AZ. She loves being outside and sharing the joy of growing with the kids at Utah Street School.