Travelling Seeds

Isn’t amazing how seeds travel? If you look closely at seeds, many of them will have adaptations which make them easy to travel. Today I made a new poster for the students in our garden. It shows samples of different ways that seeds travel.

On one side of the poster I have collected nuts from my oak tree and my hazelnut tree. As most of us know, animals carry these seeds and plant them all over our gardens. They often forget where they planted the seeds and that’s how we get new plants. Often the animal will eat the flesh off the fruit around a seed and leave the seed behind to grow.

Then there are samples of fire weed and dandelion seeds which have light feathery strands that will blow in the wind. I am sure the children will all be able relate to blowing a dandelion, don’t you? These are good examples of wind blown seeds. The wind can carry seeds great distances before they land.
I also have some seeds that have prickly outsides and can attach to our clothing when outside. They also cling to animal fur and are transported in this way. Seeds can travel very long distances in their ability to survive.

I attached some poppy and sunflower seeds on the poster. In the children’s school garden, the birds come and poke holes in the seed heads allowing the seeds to fall out.Some seeds are ingested by birds but not always digested.
Seeds also travel by water and have a floating adaption which allows them to be carried away on the water. Doing an experiment to see what types of seeds float would be a good introduction to this learning experience about seeds.
Next week the class is going to the garden to learn more about seeds. We will show them how to collect seeds and talk more about how seeds travel.

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