make a craft: seed books

seed book - ourschoolathomeblog-wordpress-com

we’re weaving into our days the continued exploration of our “things that grow” theme with experiencing so many wonderful seeds. and, yes, beyond the touching and the planting and observing the growth of a plant — the exploring the vast variety of seed types, shapes, and colors has been top of the list!

but, the question remained for us adults to mull over: how do you explore all seeds that we wanted to? larger seeds like beans, peas, sunflower, cucumber and even pumpkin, were seemingly easy because of their larger size. but what about lettuce, spinach, pepper, and the wonderful carrot? smaller in size and hard to wrangle over the long term, we just needed a way to explore these. {and touch and feel, compare and contrast, create hypothesis and observations as well}

and, so, we all took on a couple of formats of making many variety of seeds available:

:: our seed book

materials:
:: brown-paper bag book (I source them here  from a wonderful seller on etsy)
:: a variety of seed packages (I purchase them at the end of the season or use leftovers from our garden)
:: clear packaging tape
:: cardstock (I cut ours using a 3″ scalloped edge die-cast punch cutter)
:: tacky glue (I had this brand on hand and it worked beautifully)
:: marker of choice

how-to:
:: (1) for each seed to showcase in the book, I used a two-page spread (seed packet and name on one page, seeds on the following page) and pre-determined how many pages I had to fill and cut out the cardstock circles in advance

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seed book 2 - ourschoolathomeblog-wordpress-com:: (2) for each seed type, the seeds were glued to the cardstock circle: spread a thin layer of the craft glue onto the cardstock and apply the seeds

this is an optional step but makes the placement of the seeds far easier when assembling the book pages

{{do allow the glue to dry before moving to the next step}}

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seed book 3 - ourschoolathomeblog-wordpress-com

:: (3) assembly of the book is simple, but will test your skills with packaging tape
for each seed to be showcased:
: the seed packet was fully taped onto the left-side page
: the seeds on the cardstock circle were fully taped onto the right-side of the page spread
: the name of the seed was written above the seed packet

the results are a very simply and easy book  — but one that has already been studied, seeds compared, discussions spurred on with hypothesis, observation and so much more.

:: next up for our school? seed cards! we’re using 5×7″ chipboard to create the same format with seeds as we did the book, but instead making these seed-cards for the felt boards: to be explored on their own or in groups. 


related seed fun around the web:

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