In this nature garden activity for kids, your children will start a seed collection. What a neat way to discover nature's tiny treasures!
What You'll Need:
- Envelopes or clear film canisters
- Cardboard (optional)
- Glue (optional)
- Paper (optional)
- Pen (optional)
How to Make a Seed Collection:
Before you begin, decide how you want to organize your collection. Clear plastic film canisters are useful for storing seeds; they are waterproof and you can see the seeds. Ask for them at any store that develops film.
You can also store seeds in paper envelopes, which can be kept in a shoebox.
Step 1: Collect seeds in late summer and fall. Watch for wild fruits to ripen. Remove the seeds from the fruits and let them dry on newspaper before storing them.
Step 2: Watch for maple seeds to drop. Oaks will drop acorns in the fall. These are seeds, too. Let pine cones dry indoors, then pull out the scales and look for seeds.
Step 3: As flowers finish blooming, leave some on the plant so you can collect the seeds they make.
Step 4: To collect weed seeds, wear socks over your shoes and walk through weeds or a meadow. Look at the seeds stuck to your socks! Make sure the seeds are dry before you store them, or they will mold.
Step 5: Put each kind of seed in a different container. If you want to make a seed display, glue different kinds of seeds to cardboard and make a paper label for each.
Keep reading to learn how to collect soil and grow your own garden from nature's seed banks next in nature garden activities for kids.