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FALL HARVEST

SEED COLLECTIONS
Fall is a good time to begin a seed collection. Help your child discover seeds inside fruits and vegetables. Encourage her to start her own seed collection. Seeds should be washed, dried and placed inside small plastic bags. Staple a picture of what the seed is from or could be become at the top of each bag.
 

PERSONALIZED PUMPKINS
If you are lucky enough to live where you can grow pumpkins, your child can grow a pumpkin with his name on it. When the pumpkin is small and green, about the size of a grapefruit, help your child scratch his name into the skin of the pumpkin with a nail or a small knife. As the pumpkin grows, the scratch will leave a bumpy scar that will stand out.

 
APPLE SEEDS
Show your child how to find a star hidden in an apple by cutting it in half diagonally. How many seeds did she find in the star? 
 

PLANTS WE EAT
Take your child to the grocery store. Stop for a moment in the produce section and discuss plants. Point out that plants have different parts, just like their own body. Plants have roots, stems, leaves, seeds, and fruit. As you look through the produce, point out that the fruits and vegetable we eat often come from different parts of plants.

We eat the roots of carrots, radishes, beets and onions.
We eat the stems of celery, asparagus, and rhubarb.
We eat the leaves of lettuce, cabbage and spinach.
We eat the fruit of apples, berries and grapes.