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Seed poetry

How can seeds be vehicles for learning to write poetry?

A fun way to seed ideas for poetry is using seeds as the focus for exploring forms of poetry:

The task: Write a poem with a seed as the seed for your poem!

Use either the cinquain/haiku/couplet/limerick form of poetry.

For example, a limerick:

I once saw a seed that could fly

It rode on the breeze way up high

The wind did abate

Dropped the seed by my gate

Some orach grew there by and by.

How can seeds be devices for learning poetic devices (such as metaphor, simile, alliteration, onomatopoeia)?

The task: In your poem, include poetic devices with seeds as your theme.

Metaphor: a seed is a sleeping bag for a plant

Simile: a seed is like a gift that keeps giving – from the surprise of its first unfurling, to the food it provides to nourish our bodies.

Here’s a handy summary of the forms of poetry


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Seed packets

2 seed packets made from old books, and one made from Juliette's picture.

2 seed packets made from old books, and one made from Juliette’s picture.

Here’s another great idea shared by Urban Farming Tasmania.

Make your own seed packets so you can start seed sharing  and grow vegetables and fruit as a community.

First create a template for cutting seed packets from using old cardboard. Here’s one from City Girl Farming:

To make personalised seed packets, kids can make them from their own drawings (colour or paint a picture, then cut it out using the template). Use a glue stick to seal the side and bottom flaps of the packet, then it’s ready to put seeds in. Glue or tape down the top flap and remember to write the name of the seed type on the packet.

Tip: Only put one seed type in each packet (so you may need to make multiple packets if you are packing a range of seeds).

How about personalised packets of vegetable seed for Christmas gifts?

Origami seedling pots

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Thanks to Urban Farming Tasmania for sharing this origami seedling pot activity!


All you need is newspaper and busy fingers to make a cute pot for a seedling which can be planted straight into the veggie patch because the newspaper is biodegradable.

Here’s the easy to follow instruction sheet:

Thanks to Urban Farming Tasmania for this idea.