Teach your children to save seeds! Do you have special memories as a child exploring nature? Did you have a big back yard, a favourite park or a Nan with a special garden like I did? Did you ever dissect plants, peeling away layers of bark or seed pods noticing the different shapes, colours & textures?
As a child, I can vividly remember yanking the dead seed heads of marigold bushes, the smell of the leaves, the way the foliage coloured your hands & the fun of rubbing the papery pods until the long thin seeds released.
Marigolds are a flowering shrub that grow throughout the warmer areas of the world. Being very hardy they’re often grown with food gardens as their pungent smell deters pests. Marigolds flower prolifically & each flower can produce over 50 seeds making them a perfect plant to introduce children to the skill of “seed saving”.
Now obviously before you can save your marigold seeds you need a patch of marigold plants or you need someone to donate you some marigold seeds heads.
Marigolds are a very commonly grown flowering plant & if you are an early childhood educator, you or one of your families may already have them growing in their garden. And once you’ve saved the seeds you can then go onto growing more marigolds! The cycle of life is truly amazing!
I hope you have lots of fun with your children exploring this very happy, generous plant and teach your children to save seeds!
If you liked this activity, you might also like to make a no-fail sensory garden.
And as always if you have any ideas, feedback or questions, please email me – firstname.lastname@example.org