If your child liked the writing-with-food activity in yesterday’s post, he or she will like this 子 (zǐ) activity! We usually have bell peppers in our fridge, and picking off the pepper seeds is a sensory/fine motor activity that keeps her busy for a few minutes! We used the seeds to learn the following words:
- 种子 (zhǒngzǐ / seed)
- 孩子 (háizi / child)
- 儿子 (Ér zi / son)
I love the fact that child and seeds are the same 子, because children are truly seeds that need nourishment and care for growth!
You can use any seed with this activity, such as watermelon seeds. If you aren’t fond of picking seeds out of fresh fruit and vegetables, you may already have sunflower seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds in your pantry as well!
What you need:
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- Magnifying glass
- Laminator & laminating pouches (recommended for durability)
- 子 block character template (free download)
What to do:
- Put seeds in bowl
- Put seeds inside block character
- Inspect seeds under magnifying glass
- Count and sort seeds by color, shape, and size!
My daughter has done this activity numerous times!!! Sensory play is ALWAYS a big hit and keeps her happy and busy if I need to get dinner ready or take care of her baby brother.
After writing the 子 character with the seeds, another fun idea is to compare a variety of seeds and look at it closely under a magnifying glass. An open-ended activity such as this has the potential for many learning opportunities beyond what might be planned!
If you try this activity, let us know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag a photo #ChalkAcademy on Instagram. Happy learning, friends!