Seed Saving with Preschoolers at Sullivan

Today’s three words to discuss were Flowers, Bees and Seeds. Together, we learned how how these three topics relate. Holding up a sunflower that had grown in their garden, I asked the kids at Sullivan Prek to identify what I was holding. “A flower!” many students shouted. We labeled the color and even learned the name, “Sunflower.” We talked about a few of a flower’s purpose in the garden: to look pretty, to attract bees and to make seeds for next year. I demonstrated how a bee pollinates and flower (as it buzzes to a flower to collect nectar for honey, it rubs against the outside of the flower and gets yellow pollen stuck on its body … it takes this pollen to different flower). Finally, we discussed ways not to be scared of bees.

The kids helped me to collect fennel seeds off the plant's stems into a bucket.

The kids helped me to collect fennel seeds off the plant’s stems into a bucket.

We talked about how seeds grow on the inside of flowers and are fully mature when the plant has died.

We talked about how seeds grow on the inside of flowers and are fully mature when the plant has died.

One of the gorgeous beds at Sullivan, beaming with dino kale, onions, poppies, carrots, fava beans and milkweed!

One of the gorgeous beds at Sullivan, beaming with dino kale, onions, poppies, carrots, fava beans and milkweed!

Hope Cox

Hope is an urban farmer, garden educator and foodie transplanted from Tennessee to SoCal in 2014. She hopes to move out of the big city one day to pursue the life of a sustainable farmer; but in the meantime loves to teach elementary kids about how food is grown, nutritious and tasty recipes and connecting with nature.