Thursday, March 24, 2011

Book: The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

This week we continued on our gardening path. We read the book, The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. It was a cute book about a tiny seed that survives and thrives much longer than all of its other larger seed counterparts. One seed falls in the ocean, one seed grows to flower that gets picked, another seed gets stepped on as a small plant, and other seeds had other adventures. The book is a great spring board to discuss seasons and planting seeds. As our follow up activity for the book we looked at some seeds under a microscope.  We looked at flax, coriander, and chive seeds under a microscope. The coriander seed was the most visually stunning seed with its round shape and pretty markings on the outside.
Coriander seed:
Chive seed:
Flax seed:

Flax seed up close:

After we looked at the seeds under a microscope we planted herb seeds in recycled pots and plastic containers. We took plastic containers like milk jugs and cut the tops off and poked holes in the bottom. Little BBQ painted the pots. Then we planted flax, coriander, chive, anise, and lavender seeds in the various recycled pots. Little BBQ got a little impatient and wanted the flowers to grow NOW so he took a fake flower and planted it in one of the pots so he could have his flowers now.

Carnival of Homeschooling

Shibley Smiles


  1. I love your pots! JDaniel would have loved to use the microscope! Great post!

    Thanks for sharing this post on Read.Explore.Learn

  2. What a fun activity. I love read-along projects!

  3. This is great! My son has been asking for a microscope. I love your cute, repurposed, painted pots.


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