While walking back from our forest picnic last week, Miss Possum found some beautiful big seed pods scattered on the ground. I couldn’t help but pick some up, look at them with the girls and then put them in bag for later. I just knew they’d make a simple nature craft activity.
I love activities that don’t take much time to prepare and don’t cost a lot of money to make. The seed pods were free and our craft box is always stocked with acrylic paint and brushes. That’s all we needed for this activity!
A week after the picnic, it was raining outside and we were looking for something to do. I looked out the window and saw the seed pods out in the rain. Bummer, I thought. Then I decided I’d just dry them in the oven. Something happened to the seed pods that was very interesting.
We didn’t expect two of the seed pods to split in half. It started a nice discussion on seed pods and seeds in general. I knew they were itching to start painting though so we went to our outdoor under covered area and got started.
The girls all sat down and enjoyed 30 minutes painting the pods. They loved it. So simple, yet so much fun and they learnt about seeds, seed pods and nature at the same time!
Did you know that another inexpensive activity is to paint on leaves? Make this leaf garland. So stunning!
Extend their learning
- If you put you seed pods in the oven and let them split, take the opportunity to discuss seeds and how a pod helps the seeds to stay safe
- Look at the seed pods and discuss the texture
- Get your child to close their eyes and run their hands over the seed pod.
- Talk about what would happen if we put the seeds in the ground
- Discuss what a seed needs to germinate