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Activity 1: Pass the Seed Name Game

Activity time: 8 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • A large seed such as a lima bean, avocado pit, or acorn

Description of Activity

Gather participants in a standing circle. Show them the seed you are holding and say:

This seed can grow into anything you imagine-something tiny like a violet or enormous like an oak tree. The only thing it can't turn into is something that has to be built, like an airplane. We are going to pass the seed around the circle. When you have the seed you will tell us your name and then without words you will use your hands and body to show us what you imagine the seed growing into by acting it out. The person next to you will try to guess what it is with help from the group.

Go first, to model. State your name and then pretend to stretch the air around the seed, making the shape the seed will turn into. Use your body to become the item, for example, use your arms as branches if you are a tree. To show an apple, pretend to cup it in your hand and bite it. When the next person guesses what your seed grew into, pass the seed to that person for their turn.

Continue until all have had a turn. Briefly process the activity by asking participants to consider how amazing it is that tiny objects, seeds, grow into bigger, fully formed trees, fruits, plants, and flowers.

Including All Participants

If the group includes visually impaired children, adapt the activity by describing aloud what is being acted out.

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