Grow and Harvest Wheat – Imaginative Play

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Grow and harvest wheat – imaginative play – an activity for young children. This activity allows a young child to use imaginative play, where they will sow a few seeds, watch them ‘grow’ and then harvest them. Imaginative play allows a child to express themselves and experiment with life. It grows their curiosity and and enhances their knowledge while learning through play. This activity pairs well with the ‘Easy Homemade Bread’ activity. For older children, please see the ‘Grow Your Own Wheat’ activity.

  • Supplies:
    • outside patch of dirt OR playdough  (learn how to make your own brown playdough here)
    • stick
    • watering can or hose
    • seeds (wheat seeds are preferable for this activity)
    • stalks of wheat (you can buy them at your local craft store or on amazon)
    • play tractor with trailer (optional)
  • Go outside and, using a stick, make rows in a patch of dirt (or roll out the playdough and create rows using a stick or playdough roller).
  • Plant the seeds.
  • Water the seeds with a watering can or hose. Talk about the importance of water and sunshine for seeds in a garden.
  • Insert the stalks of wheat to watch the seeds ‘grow’.
  • Cut the wheat at the ground.
  • Drive the tractor alongside the wheat to harvest and collect the wheat heads. This is a good time to talk about the story of Ruth (chapter 2), how she was allowed to glean the wheat that was “left” by the harvesters.
  • Separate the wheat from the chaff by beating the heads of the wheat on the inside of a bucket until the seeds come out.
  • Winnow the wheat (or clean it of all the hulls) by gently blowing on it or placing it in front of a fan.
  • If you are wanting to bring the wheat to the table and the cycle of wheat full circle, see the activity ‘Easy Homemade Bread’ (included in this lesson).

*This activity was adapted from