Milk Weed Pods are simply magic. Completely unassuming on the outside, they are filled with floating seeds and covered by a stiff pod, they breaks apart easily.
Discover the different textures of the milk weed pod by exploring a field or walking path. Milkweed likes to grow in areas that were recently disturbed, so keep your eyes open along the side of the road when you're driving in your car.
Materials: Milk Weed pods or plants, notebooks, pencils, a tray, a water source (optional, but fun to float pod boats)
Present the milk weed pods and allow the exploration to begin
A few questions to get you started:
Why do the seeds have white threads attached?
Why are the seeds hidden inside the pod?
Our milk weed exploration was a big hit. We found the pods on one of out nature walks last week and collected at least 10 of them. Hadley and Finley needed very little guidance as they broke open the pods and spread out the seeds. There was a period of careful discovery and some conversation around flying seeds, but pretty soon we were floating pods in the pool, blowing seeds, rubbing them on our faces to feel how soft they were, trying to catch all the little bits that were flying around, and finally planting some of the seeds along the edges of the woods.
Finally, Hadley did a little bit of drawing of the milk weed seeds and pod.