Objective: The children will discover the characteristics of seeds and use the seeds to create a picture.‹ Return to Theme
Note: Pre-cut the poster board so each child has a maximum of an 8” x 10” sized sheet with which to work. Be sure to provide a wide variety of seeds with different colors, patterns, and textures. Small fingers handle large seeds more easily than small seeds.
Although most seeds are tiny and may seem insignificant, seeds are incredibly powerful. Seeds are a source of food for humans and animals. A small handful of tiny wheat seeds can produce a whole field of wheat. A tiny half inch long little acorn can become a huge oak tree. A beautiful apple tree started life as a small apple seed. There are hundreds of thousands of different types of seeds, and many of them are used to grow food for humans to eat. Seeds are plentiful and are an important part of everyday life. Seeds come in a huge variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Some seeds are smooth to the touch; others are bumpy. Seeds have an outer layer called a seed coat. Its job is to protect the baby plant on the inside. The seed coat also stores nutrients for the seedling. Some seed coats are thin and soft while others are thick and hard.
Making mosaics is an ancient art form. Early mosaics were made from bits of tile and glass that were arranged in interesting designs. Seed Art is a contemporary form of mosaic art, but instead of tile and glass, seeds from crops, flowers, or fruits are used to make a design. There are many artists who are known for creating seed art portraits. Probably the most famous artist who used seeds to create portraits was Lillian Colton. Her portraits included famous people such as Abraham Lincoln, Elvis Presley, and President Barack Obama.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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