This activity encouraged the children to categorise everyday objects into two groups: living and non-living.
They gave examples of things what are living and we went on to discuss the concept of a living thing. We listed the common characteristics such as growth, the need for food, respiration and reproduction. We then looked at non-living things and check them against our "living things" criteria, just to double check. Seeds provided quite an interesting focus for debate and discussion.
Following on from this, we talked about things which once were alive, such as pencils, clothing and paper.