Here are some activities we will do this week as we have fun with SEEDS and PLANTS:
What Will Grow?
Supplies: various seeds, paperclip, rocks, shells, penny, soil, plastic cups
Activity: Let the children guess what can and cannot grow in soil.
Plant a seed
Supplies: plastic bags, cotton balls, lima beans
Activity: Put a lima bean and a moist cotton ball in a plastic bag. Hang the plastic bag in the window. You can also hang a couple more in various places to discover what plants need to grow!
From Seed to Sprout
Supplies: seeds, soil, cups, 6”x18” paper folded in half, glitter, brown paint
Activity: After planting some seeds, discuss how plants need nutrients from the soil to grow, as well as water, sunlight, and air. Paint the bottom half of the paper brown, like soil, and sprinkle glitter on top, like seeds.
(After your seeds start to sprout, you can paint little sprouts on the picture using your fingertips.)
Plants Use Water
Supplies: two stalks of celery, two cups, water
Activity: After looking at the celery very closely, place one stalk in a cup of water and the other in an empty cup. Observe the plants over the next few days.
Supplies: cupcake wrappers, seeds, green construction paper, glue, blue construction paper, glue
Activity: Cut the green paper to make a stem and leaves. Use the cupcake to make a flower and glue the seeds inside. Use a crayon to draw the details of the sun, dirt, grass, etc.
Supplies: paper plates, watercolors
Activity: Cut the paper plates in half. Use the watercolors to paint a rainbow!
Plants Use Water
Supplies: stalks of celery, celery from earlier experiment, 2 cups, water, food coloring
Activity: After looking at the celery very closely, discuss what happened to the celery that stayed in the water. Place the celery in the cups of dyed water. Observe the plants over the next few days.
Carrot Seed Graph
Supplies: baby carrots, orange/green paper, white paper, crayons, glue
Activity: After reading “The Carrot Seed” have them taste carrots. (You could use the carrots to make something yummy for dinner!) Make a graph titled “Do you like carrots?” Then ask around! You can post it on FB or call family and friends to ask. Check out the graph and make observations: more than, less than, equal, etc.
- Seeds and Plants Book (Make a book using leftover seeds and seed packets. "When these seeds grow, they will become _______.")
- Discover Seeds (Place lima beans between a wet paper towel overnight. When you open the seed up, you can use a toothpick or tweezers to investigate the tiny plant that has started to grow inside!)
- Seeds Discovery Bottles (Make a discovery bottle using basil seeds and water. Keep this discovery bottle in the sun to make sure the seeds sprout in a few days!)
- Writing in Soil (Use the end of silk flowers to practice handwriting in soil.)
- Your Garden (Book from www.hubbardscupboard.org)
- Seeds (Book from www.hubbardscupboard.org)
- Spring Sentences (from www.pre-kpages.com)
- Flower Counting Game (Make a flower mat by drawing flowers on a paper. To play, roll a dye and cover that many flowers with cotton balls. Continue playing until all the flowers have been covered.
- Flower 1:1 Game (from www.pre-kpages.com)