Let’s collect some seeds and make our own seed packets…!
If you take a close look at your garden, you might be able to see some seeds starting to form from old flowers, vegetables and herbs. Seeds form after flowers have finished, it’s part of their life cycle.
Some great plants that this is happening to in my garden at the moment are Calendula and Nasturtium flowers. Their seeds are really easy to identify and they are some of the easiest plants to grow. You could even keep the pumpkin seeds or tomato seeds when your family is cooking. Go hunting for some other seeds, maybe parsley or coriander?
What you will need -
- Paper bags
- Paper (let’s recycle brown wrapping paper)
- Pencils/pens/gel pens, etc
- Glue stick
Used paper bags are very useful so make sure you always save them to recycle. Pop your seeds into a paper bag and after a couple of weeks they will be dry. Then you can store the seeds into packets that you have designed and made yourself.
How to make your packets -
- Cut out a cardboard template using the seed packet pattern below.
- Draw around the template on some recycled paper and cut it out.
- Fold along the lines and glue all sides except the top.
- Design your label for your packet of seeds. You could cut out old patterned paper or cut out pictures from magazines. Or you could draw and colour your own pictures.
- Pop your dried seeds into your packets and seal the top with a glue stick. If you have very fine seeds like Mizuna lettuce, make sure your corners are really secure.
These are wonderful little sharers or gifts. Your friends will be thrilled to receive them. Don’t forget to send us photos of how you are working through this fun activity, and the designs of your seed packets.
Send us a high resolution photo or photos (minimum image size 500KB) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may need someone to help with this.
If you missed them here are the links to our previous Kids' Corner activities:
Kokedama Christmas Balls