Using tweezers I encouraged them to dissect the plant, one seed at a time. While they did this we discussed how plants have a life cycle (seed to plant to seed) and how our food comes from plants.
Using the tweezers also helped my children develop good fine motor control - a great skill especially for Caleb as he practices his pincher grasp, which is essential for writing skills later on.
Once we were done picking seeds we added them (along with the sunflower head and remaining seeds) to our platform bird feeder.
It didn't take long for some hungry visitors to discover the new treats awaiting them!