Wonder Wednesday 44: Seed Tapes

Combine nature journaling and gardening in this fun Wonder Wednesday seed strip activity! Click through to get the full instructions, free from Wings, Worms, and Wonder!

It’s time to seed and plant spring gardens pretty much everywhere in the northern hemisphere and in many places in the southern, you can still plant fall crops too. So this month we are making seed tapes! It is cheap to do, easy to prepare, and fun for all!  I’ve been doing this project in my workshops all month with children ages 18 months – 12 and they all like it equally!

 

Wonder Wednesday 44: Seed Tapes

Materials

Thin cheap construction paper. Newsprint can be used too, just not the glossy pages.

Scissors

All purpose wheat flour

Water

Cotton Swabs

Various Seeds and their Flowers, ideally in different stages

Nature Journals

Pencils, colored pencils, and rulers

 

Optional:

Little bowls and trays

Paper plates

Desiccant packets and plastic bags

 

Preparation

Cut the construction paper into approximately 1 inch strips

Make the wheat paste (paper mache paste):

Mix 1 cup of flour with plain water to make a paste the consistency of a thick milkshake. Add the water a little at a time and adjust the flour ratio if it gets too runny.

Combine nature journaling and gardening in this fun Wonder Wednesday seed strip activity! Click through to get the full instructions, free from Wings, Worms, and Wonder!

 

Procedure

Go to the garden and collect seed pods or use store bought seeds. Small seeds work well. I’ve been using radish, basil, bok choy, marigold, and sunflower (not mammoth). Any seeds should work though, try and experiment!

Combine nature journaling and gardening in this fun Wonder Wednesday seed strip activity! Click through to get the full instructions, free from Wings, Worms, and Wonder!

 

Study the flower heads and seed pods, remove seeds from the pods and document their findings in your nature journals. Measure, draw, and write to create a beautiful page!

Combine nature journaling and gardening in this fun Wonder Wednesday seed strip activity! Click through to get the full instructions, free from Wings, Worms, and Wonder!

 

After the creative documentation is complete, either the same day or a later day, it’s time to make the seed tapes from the seeds you studied. Place a strip of the construction paper on a paper plate.

Combine nature journaling and gardening in this fun Wonder Wednesday seed strip activity! Click through to get the full instructions, free from Wings, Worms, and Wonder!

 

Dot the paper mache paste onto the strip. Make the dots fairly thick so the seeds will really stick.

Combine nature journaling and gardening in this fun Wonder Wednesday seed strip activity! Click through to get the full instructions, free from Wings, Worms, and Wonder!

 

Add seeds into the paste dots. You could make a pattern or go wild style!

Combine nature journaling and gardening in this fun Wonder Wednesday seed strip activity! Click through to get the full instructions, free from Wings, Worms, and Wonder!

 

Set the paper plate(s) in a place where it (they) can dry completely, preferably a non windy spot!

Combine nature journaling and gardening in this fun Wonder Wednesday seed strip activity! Click through to get the full instructions, free from Wings, Worms, and Wonder!

 

Then, plant the strips in the garden! If you’d like to save the seed strips for a longer period of time, you can place them in zip plastic bags with desiccant packets. This keeps the paste from absorbing humidity. I’m not sure how long the seeds can be stored like this though. If you try it, let me know!

 

What seeds are ready in your garden from which you could make seed strips? Share in the comments below!

Share pics of your seed strips on Instagram #wingswormsandwonder

 

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Combine nature journaling and gardening in this fun Wonder Wednesday seed strip activity! Click through to get the full instructions, free from Wings, Worms, and Wonder!

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