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Are All Seeds the Same?


Using a packet of mixed wildflower seeds or bird seed, ask your child to sort the seeds by properties they observe. Maybe they can sort the seeds by size, by color, or by shape. Count how many different kinds of seeds there are.

Safety Tip: Some seeds can be eaten, like sunflower seeds, but all seeds are not edible. Check with an adult before eating any seeds.

Questions to Ask: 

  • Which seeds are the largest? Which seeds are the smallest? 
  • What shape are the seeds? (Teardrop, round ball, oval, pointed, bean shape.)
  • What colors are the seeds? 
  • How are the seeds the same? 
  • How are the seeds different? (Look for any observable properties the seeds have in common.)