What Will Grow? – Fun Seed Activities for Kids

Spring is coming! I love the spring time. The snow melts away, the flowers start to pop out of the ground and we can get outside again. Springtime feels like it is full of possibilities. We bought our house in November a few years ago, so when the gardens around our house started to bloom, we had no idea what types of plants and flowers to expect. It was so fun watching the plants start to come up through the soil and wait to see what would grow. Today’s book asks the same thing, and offers a lot of fun opportunities to learn about plants with different kinds of seed activities.

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What Will Grow? was written by Jennifer Ward and illustrated by Susie Ghahremani. This book explores a variety of different seeds in a short rhyming text and colorful illustrations. Some of the pages fold out, allowing the reader to see how plants grow. (For example, the sunflower page folds up to show how tall they grow). Each two page spread shows what the seeds look like before they are planted, as well as what the plants look like after they bloom.

I really like how the illustrations show different animals interacting with the seeds and the plants. It introduces readers to the growth cycle of these seeds and plants without human interaction. There are squirrels playing with the acorns which will become a tree, and birds pecking apple seeds out of a core. The final spread showcasing a beautiful garden full of wildlife will inspire kids to want to grow their own. The book also includes a glossary giving readers more information on the seeds and plants shown in the book, including when and how to plant them. They also break down the growth cycle of the plants from seeds to flower, and then back to seeds again. This book provides a great introduction to gardens and plants for young children.

Learning About Seeds

Sensory Seeds – Seeds present a great sensory learning experience for kids. Put a variety of different seeds into a container and let kids explore them. Talk to them about how each of them feels, looks and sounds. Are they rough, pointy or round? Do they sound heavy or light when you pour them into a container? Have them use descriptive words to talk about the different seeds and introduce them to new vocabulary. Give them an opportunity to play with them using cups, spoons or other tools.

Counting/Sorting Seeds – Seeds are a great manipulative to practice sorting, counting or grouping. You can use them for kids at various skill levels. Have young kids sort seeds based on certain characteristics (round or long, brown or black). Children who are working on counting can place numbers of seeds on a counting mat. Older children can sort seeds into groups or threes, fives, tens, etc. I created a free counting mat printable to help kids organize their seeds. The first printable is marked 1-10 so kids can add the correct number of seeds into each box, while the other is blank so they can organize their seeds into groups.

What Will Grow?

Predicting What Will Grow – This is a fun way to get kids excited about science and teach them how to grow plants. Get an assortment of seeds and have kids plant them in different planters without knowing what they are. Have them make predictions when they first plant them and write them down. Show them how to take care of the plants, making sure to give them water and place them in the sun. As they start to grow, see if they want to adjust their predictions at all. This activity also helps kids to work on making predictions and altering their answers based on the evidence they are given.

Planting a Garden Together

Planting a Garden – Find a space in your yard, or on your rooftop or windowsill, and give kids the chance to plant flowers or vegetables that they like. This could be a fun project to get the whole family involved in. Go to the store together and check out the selection of seeds available. Discuss the types of plants that will be best suited for the size and placement of your garden. Read up on how to correctly plant and care for the seeds you have picked out. Assign jobs to everyone, whether it is digging, planting or watering the plants. This is a great opportunity to teach kids about responsibility, because the plants can’t grow if they don’t take care of them!

Dramatic Play Garden- Dramatic play is a great way to introduce kids to real world situations, while giving them the opportunity to use their imaginations. Create an area in your home where kids can act out gardening and tending to plants. You can purchase fake flowers at a craft store or online (here are some from Amazon). You could also make your own out of colored felt. Cut various flower shapes out of  felt and attach a green pipe cleaner for a stem.

You can create a garden area by lining up pool noodles in a box and draping brown or black felt over them. Tuck the felt between the noodles to create rows. You can then “plant” play food or felt food. Make sure you stock their garden area with shovels, buckets and a watering can so they can mimic tending to their garden. You can also poke holes in a paper towel holder and place the flowers inside so your child can “pick” them.

Seed activities for all kinds of learning!

There are so many fun ways to incorporate seeds into learning activities, and this book is a great starting point. From science and math to dramatic play, there is a little something for everyone. Get kids excited about the spring time with some of these fun activities!


124 Comments

  • Ilana

    March 20, 2017 at 7:26 am Reply

    Looks like a very interesting and educational read. I love the idea to bring children, from an early age, as closer to nature as possible!

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 2:19 pm Reply

      I agree! I want my daughter to understand and appreciate nature as early as possible.

  • Sincerely Miss J

    March 20, 2017 at 7:30 am Reply

    Aww! This is adorable! I’m sure that kids will love this. 🙂

    Sincerely Miss J
    http://www.sincerelmissj.com

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 2:20 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Virtuous Mama

    March 20, 2017 at 7:31 am Reply

    I love this! I will have to try this out with my boys! They both love helping in the garden. 🙂

    I’d love to link you in one of my recent posts! <3

    Virtuous Mama
    http://www.virtuousmama.org

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 2:21 pm Reply

      Sure! Thank you! I hope your boys have a lot of fun with it!

  • Lisa

    March 20, 2017 at 7:42 am Reply

    My kids love “helping” me garden! Great ideas!

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 2:22 pm Reply

      Thanks! I hope they enjoy these activities!

  • Sasha

    March 20, 2017 at 8:00 am Reply

    I love these ideas! My 9 yr old daughter loves flowers and botany!

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm Reply

      That is awesome! I hope she enjoys these activities!

  • tineke - workingmommyabroad

    March 20, 2017 at 8:23 am Reply

    Great ideas, we were planning to put a little garden on our roof terrace with our little guy…. really looking forward!

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 2:24 pm Reply

      That is so fun! I can’t wait to see how my daughter likes playing in the garden.

  • Amanda Appiagyei

    March 20, 2017 at 9:55 am Reply

    Ohhh I love these, the dramatic play garden idea is brilliant, and so simple to make, my three year old would love this.

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 2:25 pm Reply

      I hope so! My daughter has been enjoying picking the vegetables and flowers out of it.

  • Dara

    March 20, 2017 at 11:39 am Reply

    Great ideas! I think I’ve read that book to my kids at some point. Gardening can be such a fun activity to share with kids!

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 2:26 pm Reply

      I agree! While a bit messy at times, it can definitely be worth the mess!

  • Kayla

    March 20, 2017 at 12:44 pm Reply

    I love all of these ideas! What a great idea to have them sort different seeds…a great hands on learning experience!

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 2:27 pm Reply

      Thanks! I hope kids of different ages and skill levels can all enjoy it!

  • Mary Barham

    March 20, 2017 at 2:09 pm Reply

    My son is working on rhyme words now!! This book would be perfect to tie in the season and our rhyming lessons!

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 2:28 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! There isn’t a lot of text on each page, so you can really focus on the words that do rhyme.

  • Carly

    March 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm Reply

    Love all of these ideas! Some of them may just make their way into my little one’s Easter basket this year. 🙂

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 7:49 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you have a lot of fun with them!

  • Desiree

    March 20, 2017 at 3:42 pm Reply

    Awesome suggestions! My daughter loves to help start seedlings and watch them grow!

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 7:49 pm Reply

      That is awesome! I hope she enjoys these activities!

  • justine

    March 20, 2017 at 4:16 pm Reply

    What a great idea! “planting” a garden! I’ve always wanted to do a garden and have my boys help… but they ate the dirt. LOL

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 7:50 pm Reply

      Haha, I have a feeling my daughter will try to do that as well this year, but hopefully it will still be fun!

  • Kim

    March 20, 2017 at 4:46 pm Reply

    Another great post with great ideas! We have a garden, and my toddler loves to help. I’ll have to try the fake flowers garden. She would love that!

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 7:50 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope she enjoys it! It is really easy to put together.

  • kristin mccarthy

    March 20, 2017 at 4:54 pm Reply

    This is a really awesome list that I can use when i feel like getting my super parenting on!

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 7:51 pm Reply

      Haha, I hope you have a lot of fun with it!

  • Hannah

    March 20, 2017 at 5:07 pm Reply

    Really good ideas here that I am sure my little one will enjoy always looking for simple easy activities like this thank you

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 7:51 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

  • becca

    March 20, 2017 at 5:20 pm Reply

    What a cute post! I love gardening with my kids.

    Thank you!

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply

      Thank you! Being outside with kids is so much fun!

  • Caitlin

    March 20, 2017 at 6:42 pm Reply

    Love these ideas and book. I plan to start a garden this year and hope my son wants to help!

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply

      That is awesome! I hope he joins in and has fun too!

  • Hanna

    March 20, 2017 at 7:27 pm Reply

    This is PERFECT for my son! We Garden every year and he would really love a book to go along with it!

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply

      That’s awesome! I hope he enjoys it!

  • Jessica Peresta

    March 20, 2017 at 8:53 pm Reply

    My kids love nature and being outside. This looks like a great read!

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 11:03 pm Reply

      I hope they enjoy it! I can’t wait for us to be outside more often!

  • Geneva

    March 20, 2017 at 9:06 pm Reply

    I also love Springtime. This is a great post. Thanks for sharing this nice book—kids will absolutely love this. They can learn to have a green thumb at an early age.

    • Vicki

      March 20, 2017 at 11:04 pm Reply

      Thanks! I hope my daughter having experiences like this early on will encourage her to keep it up later in life!

  • Kate AL

    March 20, 2017 at 11:11 pm Reply

    I never thought about using pool noodles for the planting dramatic play- that is PERFECT and totally going to be happening at my house. Thanks!

    • Vicki

      March 21, 2017 at 12:32 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy it! It is really easy to set up and so easy to customize.

  • Danielle

    March 20, 2017 at 11:36 pm Reply

    We just started a garden last year. It was small, but the kids loved helping! This year we will be doing much more, and it will be more hands on for the kids! We’re excited! The girls ask me everyday if today’s the today we can plant!

    • Vicki

      March 21, 2017 at 12:32 pm Reply

      Aw, that is awesome! I’m curious to see how my daughter will like planting things this year!

  • Sally

    March 21, 2017 at 4:59 am Reply

    This is such a great Spring time activity to do with kids! What a great learning experience!

    • Vicki

      March 21, 2017 at 12:36 pm Reply

      Thank you! We have been having a lot of fun preparing for Spring!

  • Amy

    March 21, 2017 at 7:23 am Reply

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Vicki

      March 21, 2017 at 12:36 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Jo - Pickle & Poppet

    March 21, 2017 at 8:13 am Reply

    I love this! I have been talking with my hubby about getting a planter area for my children so they can grow their own plants, great for learning!

    • Vicki

      March 21, 2017 at 12:37 pm Reply

      That’s awesome! There are so many things they can learn while growing their own plants!

  • Lisa Grooms

    March 21, 2017 at 8:24 am Reply

    This book sounds adorable! What a fun way to learn about plants!

    • Vicki

      March 21, 2017 at 12:38 pm Reply

      It is! The illustrations are beautiful as well!

  • Stephanie Lowry

    March 21, 2017 at 8:25 am Reply

    This is the perfect idea to bring in Spring with the kids! I plan on making this a whole day of fun with them. Thanks for the ideas

    • Vicki

      March 21, 2017 at 12:38 pm Reply

      You’re welcome! I hope you have a lot of fun with it!

  • Kristen

    March 21, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply

    We are learning about seeds right now for homeschool. My girls are a little older for these activities but we will be planting a garden in a couple months!

    • Vicki

      March 21, 2017 at 12:39 pm Reply

      That is awesome! Planting a garden has so many opportunities for learning and building memories!

  • Meredith

    March 21, 2017 at 1:25 pm Reply

    OMG I can’t wait to do fun seed activities with my daughter when she’s old enough! Personally I kill every plant there is, so hopefully she’s better than me!!! hehe

    • Vicki

      March 21, 2017 at 1:29 pm Reply

      I don’t have a great track record with plants either! Hopefully the next generation will do better!

  • Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

    March 21, 2017 at 1:34 pm Reply

    Those books sound like great options to help kids learn about seeds. My son loved seeds when he was little and always wanted to plant them. Would have loved to have those books for him.

    • Vicki

      March 21, 2017 at 4:23 pm Reply

      I think it is really good for introducing young children to seeds and planting!

  • Christina Shoemaker

    March 21, 2017 at 1:41 pm Reply

    I love the printable mats! My kids love being in the garden so they’d think this was awesome!

    • Vicki

      March 21, 2017 at 4:24 pm Reply

      I’m so glad!

  • Ashley | Spit Up and Sit Ups

    March 21, 2017 at 2:04 pm Reply

    Fun post! Living in an apartment building, a play garden would be such a fun idea!

    • Vicki

      March 21, 2017 at 4:25 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! It’s the only garden we have right now with all the snow outside our house!

  • Kendra

    March 21, 2017 at 3:52 pm Reply

    We always grow from plants …but this looks like it would be fun to try!

    • Vicki

      March 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm Reply

      I don’t have a great track record with seeds, but I try every year, haha.

  • Melody

    March 21, 2017 at 4:02 pm Reply

    I can’t wait for my son to get old enough to do such fun activities like this! I especially like all the extra activities you can create around the process of growing seeds. Thanks for this review!

    • Vicki

      March 21, 2017 at 4:28 pm Reply

      I hope you have fun with it someday!

  • Elizabeth Brico

    March 21, 2017 at 4:45 pm Reply

    Thank you for these ideas! My littlest one has always been so interested in flowers and plants. I actually decorated our dining nook with images of flowers for her. I think she especially will appreciate these. And both the girls love pretend play so I think that one especially will be a hit!

    • Vicki

      March 21, 2017 at 5:42 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope they have a lot of fun with them! My daughter has loved picking up pinecones, sticks and anything else she can find on our walks. I’m excited to see how she will like actual flowers!

  • Betsy

    March 21, 2017 at 10:26 pm Reply

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time for us…the kids and I just purchased a fairly absurd assortment of seeds to flesh out the starter plants in our brand new vegetable garden. I think they will adore this book!

    • Vicki

      March 21, 2017 at 10:36 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you enjoy it and have a lot of fun planting your vegetables!

  • Elle

    March 22, 2017 at 6:50 am Reply

    You always have the BEST ideas! Your posts *almost* make me miss teaching Kindergarten (I teach 2nd now). I haven’t heard of this book, I’ll have to recommend it to some of my K friends.

    • Vicki

      March 22, 2017 at 1:33 pm Reply

      Aw, thank you! I hope they enjoy it!

  • candy

    March 22, 2017 at 6:56 am Reply

    Learning about seeds and planting them in the garden. Watching them grow as they learn to care for them. Great learning experience.

    • Vicki

      March 22, 2017 at 1:39 pm Reply

      I agree! Kids can get so much out of these experiences!

  • Amanda

    March 22, 2017 at 8:33 am Reply

    This is so well thought out. My toddler will love it. Of course, living in an apartment, it will have to be scaled back. Fortunately her grandpa has a small garden that she “helps” him with. (She loves pulling up the carrots.)

    • Vicki

      March 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm Reply

      Aw, that is adorable! Hopefully she will enjoy pulling pretend carrots out of the dramatic play garden!

  • Meghna Dixit

    March 22, 2017 at 9:09 am Reply

    What a wonderful way to bring kids to appreciate nature so early on.. I like it.

    • Vicki

      March 22, 2017 at 1:49 pm Reply

      That is my hope! I want my daughter to enjoy the outdoors. In a generation being raised with more technology than we can even imagine, I want her to have a basic love of nature too!

  • Lauren

    March 22, 2017 at 9:15 am Reply

    We planted some wildflowers but left the pot out overnight during a bad rain storm and woke up to empty egg cartons! ha! We need to try again 😉

    • Vicki

      March 22, 2017 at 1:49 pm Reply

      Oh no! That is kind of how my track record goes with planting outside! I am determined to do better now that my daughter is helping!

  • Misty D.

    March 22, 2017 at 11:45 am Reply

    What a fun activity to do with the kids!! Gardening is a great passion of mine and I hoped to get my kids more involved and the books and products you recommended would be great Easter basket ideas to get them started.

    • Vicki

      March 22, 2017 at 1:50 pm Reply

      Thank you! I will definitely be using some of them for my daughter’s Easter basket as well! I love filling Easter baskets with fun spring activities.

  • Sarah Clouser

    March 22, 2017 at 12:02 pm Reply

    Great ideas! The kids and I are planning to plant a vegetable garden this year. They are so excited!

    • Vicki

      March 22, 2017 at 1:51 pm Reply

      That is exciting! I hope to plant a couple of things this year. We have to start small since my track record is less than stellar!

  • ashley peavey

    March 22, 2017 at 1:07 pm Reply

    This is so adorable! Thanks for sharing, I am so excited for spring fun!

    • Vicki

      March 22, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply

      Thank you! Me too!

  • Adree

    March 22, 2017 at 2:20 pm Reply

    Great ideas! I love the activities you suggested to go along with the book! My little man would love playing with/counting seeds!

    • Vicki

      March 22, 2017 at 2:37 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you have a lot of fun with it!

  • Meg | The Many Little Joys

    March 22, 2017 at 3:30 pm Reply

    Love it! We just planted our tomato seeds yesterday indoors, and I’m looking forward to planting some early crops in the garden soon. Teaching kids through gardening is one of my favorite things. They learn SO much in such a hands-on way!

    • Vicki

      March 22, 2017 at 7:50 pm Reply

      I agree! It is amazing the amount of things they can learn from gardening!

  • Sharon S. (SS)

    March 22, 2017 at 3:31 pm Reply

    This is so clever. I will havd to get this out with my son when he is older.
    http://www.beautifully-created.com

    • Vicki

      March 22, 2017 at 7:50 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you have fun with it!

  • Bethany

    March 22, 2017 at 3:32 pm Reply

    Love the printable mat idea to go along with the book. The pool noodle idea for the garden is amazing!!

    • Vicki

      March 22, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply

      Thank you! My daughter has had a lot of fun with the noodle garden.

  • Lisa Sell

    March 22, 2017 at 3:36 pm Reply

    I like to find new things to do with my Godchildren and to keep them reading. These books will be perfect for getting us out into the garden.

    • Vicki

      March 22, 2017 at 7:53 pm Reply

      I’m so glad!

  • Tifany Lee

    March 22, 2017 at 3:41 pm Reply

    Great article! I am not a green thumb but would love to learn along with my daughter. This seems a great place to start for both of us.

    • Vicki

      March 22, 2017 at 7:54 pm Reply

      Thank you! I do not have a green thumb either, so I hope that my track record improves while teaching my daughter!

  • Sane Mama

    March 22, 2017 at 9:08 pm Reply

    These are great lessons for spring time! Thanks for sharing.

    • Vicki

      March 22, 2017 at 11:30 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • stefany

    March 23, 2017 at 10:44 am Reply

    The book looks very interesting and i love how it is for little children. I specifically love when we teach our young ones these important yet fun activities from an early age.

    • Vicki

      March 23, 2017 at 12:18 pm Reply

      I agree! I think the earlier you start teaching kids about nature and gardening, the more they will enjoy it!

  • Twin Pickle

    March 23, 2017 at 12:21 pm Reply

    We plant seeds every year (that I then usually kill one way or another). I’m so cross with myself that it’s so late in the year already and I haven’t got started. I’m taking this as nudge to get out in the garden with my daughter!

    • Vicki

      March 23, 2017 at 12:24 pm Reply

      I’m glad to give you the nudge! I am also infamous for not doing so well with plants, so I feel your pain!

  • Kate

    March 23, 2017 at 1:34 pm Reply

    What a great post! My children love to get involved in the garden, often more than I do, so will be implementing some of these!

    • Vicki

      March 23, 2017 at 3:55 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you have fun with it!

  • Jessie Festa

    March 23, 2017 at 2:11 pm Reply

    I live in NYC and have tried (and failed) at growing in my non-sunny apartment. Moving soon though to sunnier spot so going for Round 2! 🙂

    • Vicki

      March 23, 2017 at 3:57 pm Reply

      Good luck! I haven’t been able to grow things well no matter where I live, but I still try!

  • Dearlyndsey

    March 23, 2017 at 6:08 pm Reply

    Love this post. My kiddos love helping in the yard and growing things. Last year we grew tomatoes and my daughter loved collecting the tomatoes. It’s fun to see them learn and enjoy doing it.

    • Vicki

      March 23, 2017 at 8:29 pm Reply

      That is awesome! I’m hoping my daughter will have fun with our gardening this year now that she is a bit older. She loves doing housework, so I’m hopeful!

  • Tabitha Blue

    March 23, 2017 at 6:18 pm Reply

    Such great tips! I love this season 🙂 We have a new home and can’t wait to get planting in the garden with the kids, I know they are going to love watching their seeds grow!

    • Vicki

      March 23, 2017 at 8:30 pm Reply

      Thank you! I love this season too. So much possibility! I hope you have fun planting your new garden!

  • Jennifer Corter

    March 24, 2017 at 6:24 am Reply

    I love the seed sorting activity! I think that is something my little guy would like!

    • Vicki

      March 24, 2017 at 12:25 pm Reply

      Thank you! It can help with so many different skills!

  • Liza

    March 26, 2017 at 10:53 pm Reply

    You always have the best ideas! I love how well thought each post is.

    • Vicki

      March 27, 2017 at 12:19 pm Reply

      Thank you so much!

  • Innana

    March 29, 2017 at 10:59 pm Reply

    so much fun! I love toys that teach kids about REAL LIFE activities, situations/scenarios.

    • Vicki

      March 30, 2017 at 12:25 pm Reply

      I agree! I think it is so important to teach them real life activities while they are young!

  • Skye

    April 12, 2017 at 6:38 pm Reply

    Great STEAM activities with seeds! A good way to get kids excited about gardens.

    • Vicki

      April 12, 2017 at 8:39 pm Reply

      Thank you! There is so much fun that can be had with seeds and gardens!

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