Science For Kids

The Science of Spring

AAAS and Science participated in the 2010 White House Egg Roll on April 5, 2010. Educators, scientists, and staff helped children and their families play fun games and find ways to learn about the science of spring. Now you can join the fun! Check out facts about seeds, fill in the AAAS Seeds Activity Sheet, and find suggested reading materials.

Did You Know?

egg icon Seeds come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures.
egg icon Seeds contain all the material a plant needs for making more of itself.
egg icon "Monocot" seeds start life with one seed leaf, like grass.
egg icon "Dicot" seeds start life with two seed leaves, like beans.
egg icon Seeds have a protective coat that can be thin, or thick and hard.
egg icon The baby plant inside the seed is called the embryo.
egg icon Seeds can be spread by wind, water, and animals.
egg icon Most seeds remain dormant (asleep) until they are given water.
egg icon Insects or other animals that transfer pollen from plant to plant are called "pollinators."
egg icon Pollen is the fine, powder-like material plants needed to make seeds.

Bonus fact! Lots of foods we eat are seeds, or have seeds we can eat. Can you name some of those foods? (Answers below.)

More activities!

Kids at the White House Egg Roll got this AAAS Seeds Activity Sheet to take home. You can have one too!

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Suggested Reading

  • A Seed Is Sleepy, by Dianna Hutts Aston
  • How a Seed Grows, by Helene Jordon
  • Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move, by JoAnn Early Macken
  • A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds, by Jean Richards
  • From Seed to Maple Tree: Following the Life Cycle, by Laura Purdie Salas

Bonus fact answer

Here are a few foods we eat that are seeds, or have seeds we can eat: Tomatoes, sunflower seeds, strawberries, pomegranates, sesame seeds, zucchini, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, green beans, blackberries, and raspberries.

Can you think of some more?

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