tiny seed activities for toddlers

The Tiny Seed Activities for Toddlers

The Montessori method of teaching utilizes a child’s creative mind and penchant for play to facilitate the learning process. Therefore, many of the Montessori techniques involve using real-life interaction and outdoor play. Montessori learning does not just happen in the prepared environment or Montessori classroom; the world around them is their classroom. The tiny seed activities are the best example of this learning approach. 

Find out how to utilize the tiny seed theme to help your toddler learn and the different tiny seed activities you can get them to participate in.


What is the Tiny Seed?

The idea of using the tiny seed for learning is based on a book by Eric Carle, which is also called “The Tiny Seed”. This book is written for preschool, pre-K, and kindergarten-level children. Parents and educators can use this book to help teach their children essential skills to aid their development.

Eric Carle is a well-acclaimed author of children’s books. The Tiny Seed is one of his best works and is used by educators as a guideline for teaching children important skills and knowledge. It is also his work that inspired the idea for the tiny seed activities taught to young children.

The book, The Tiny Seed, tells the story of the life cycle of a flower. The story begins with a flower pod bursting and then its seeds are blown away by the winds. Some of the tiny seeds landed on good soil and grew over time. Even when the growth of the tiny seeds was slow, they eventually transformed into an enormous plant with pretty flowers. The life cycle of the flowers begins anew come fall, when it creates new seed pods that burst into the wind. 

The book features vibrant illustrations that make it a joy for children to read. It teaches an important moral lesson, as well as giving ideas for kids to explore outdoor learning and gardening activities.

Find out how to utilize the tiny seed theme to help your toddler learn


Tiny Seed Activities for Toddlers

When you are reading the book with your child or student, there are several activities that you can participate in with them. You can try some of these fun ideas.


Finger Play 

When reading the text of the book, use your fingers to demonstrate the different actions happening in the book. Here are some ways you can get your child to interact with the book using their fingers. 

Mimic the activity of planting a seed in the garden. Use your fingers to point to the seeds on your palm and then create a raking motion with your fingers. Once you’re done raking, you can begin planting the seeds (again, using your fingers to demonstrate how it’s done). 

Form a circle with your hands to demonstrate the sun shining and then flutter your fingers to show them that it’s raining. Cup your hands together and slowly extend them upwards to show the plant growing. Continue this motion and stand up to show that the plant has grown tall. 

Encourage the child to repeat these motions after you, while you are doing them.


Parts of a Flower Board

Get a board with pictures of the different parts of the flower. Get the child to interact with the board by naming the different parts of the flower. 

Once you’ve taught them about the different parts of the flower, lead them to the board and ask them to point to each part as you name it. This activity is helpful in the identification of the different parts of the flower.


Sing the Parts of the Flower

fun tiny seed theme toddler activitiesAnother one of the tiny seed activities that will be fun for toddlers is to sing along to the different parts of the flower. You can get them to sing the different parts of the flower to the tune of the “head, shoulders, knees, and toes” song. This activity effectively expands your child’s vocabulary in a fun and interactive way.


Planting Seeds

You can take the child outside into the garden to encourage them to have outdoor interaction. Using kid-sized gardening tools, you can get the child to plant seeds in the garden using their tools. Make sure to label the plant with the child’s name so they can look after it and measure its growth. 

You can even get the child to plant different kinds of seeds – from fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Group the seeds so they can distinguish the different types of plants as they grow. It’s a fun learning activity that improves their identification and fine motor skills. 


The Bottom Line

Learning should be fun and interactive for it to be effective for children, especially toddlers. These tiny seed activities fit that bill because they allow them to interact with various objects while learning essential skills. 


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