Garden Seeds – Sensory Poem


You will need:

  • A selection of garden seeds – three types is ideal but even one would be enough
  • Small bowls to hold your seeds.
  • A pen and paper

To begin:

  • Place a selection of different vegetable seeds into small bowls so that you can see and handle them with ease.
  • Begin by asking your partner if they have ever grown vegetables. What did they grow? Was it easy or hard? What successes did they have? And failures?
  • Explain that you are going to write a poem inspired by vegetable seeds – use the seeds as a starting point.
  • As you are talking about the seeds write down everything that is said in response to them – this will be the basis of the poem that you create

Possible questions:

  • Do you recognise any of the seeds?
  • How would you describe how they look?
  • What size are they?
  • What colourare they?
  • What shape are they?
  • What do they feel like when you handle them?
  • Are they heavy of light?
  • How do you think you would plant them?
  • What kind of plant would they produce?
  • How may they be spread in nature?
  • Any other questions you would like to ask…

To end:

  • Read back the words you have written down to create a simple poem.
  • Can you agree a name for the poem?
  • Finish by reading the poem one more time, or by inviting you partner to read it.