Seed Dispersal

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In this outdoor activity and bingo-like game, learners explore why and how seeds spread far from the plants that produce them. To understand natural adaptions that let seeds and fruit be dispersed, learners make modifications to dried beans and peas so they could be dispersed by natural forces like water, air, or an animal moving from one place to another. In the "Seed-Go" Game, learners match ways that seeds are dispersed, to fill rows on the game board.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Action card (for each learner)
  • 50 dried bean or pea seeds


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Populations

Informal Categories

  • Games
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Culture, ethnicity, and gender

  • Girls

    • Uses inclusive images of people from this group
  • African American

    • Uses inclusive images of people from this group


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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