Play Together: Seed, Seed, Sprout!

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MA Standards:

Language/L.PK.MA.6: Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, listening to books read aloud, activities, and play.

Head Start Outcomes:

Social Emotional Development/Self-Regulation: Follows simple rules, routines, and directions.
Logic and Reasoning/Symbolic Representation: Represents people, places, or things through drawings, movement, and three-dimensional objects.
Logic and Reasoning/Symbolic Representation: Engages in pretend play and acts out roles.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Language 1: Observe and use appropriate ways of interacting in a group (taking turns in talking; listening to peers; waiting until someone is finished; asking questions and waiting for an answer; gaining the floor in appropriate ways).

Play Together: Seed, Seed, Sprout!

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ELA Focus Skills: Follow Directions, Gross Motor Skills, Vocabulary

Play a game of “Seed, Seed, Sprout!” with children. Explain the rules of the game. Have children sit in a circle. Pick one child to be the “planter.”

  • Explain that the planter will walk around the outside of the circle and tap each player gently on the head. Say, As the planter taps you she will say “seed.” Then explain that suddenly the planter will tap a child and say “sprout” instead.
  • Remind children that when plants begin to grow, they sprout out of the ground. Tell them that when the planter says “sprout,” that child has to sprout up (pop up) and try to tap the planter before he gets all the way around the circle. Say, If the planter makes it all the way around the circle to your spot, he sits down and you become the next planter.

Continue until all children have had a chance to be the planter.

Educator Tip: Be sure to discuss game rules about tapping gently and running carefully.

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