Contact_FullName: Dee Dee
Area: Gardening Science
This year, I set up a Garden Center. I bought a plastic, kids wheelbarrow, kid size garden gloves, a 3 pc. set of plastic garden/lawn tools, trowels and lots of seeds and dirt. They picked out their own seeds and planted them in cups. I marked each cup with the type of seed and the amount of days it took to germinate. They watered them for a week or so and once they were growing, they went home. They had a lot of fun playing in the dirt and making things grow!!
Area: Vegetables Science
Give each child a paper plate. Have children soak cotton balls in water and lay them on plate. Let them sprinkle sprout seeds on the cotton balls. In a few days they will sprout teaching children about vegetables and nature. They can also eat them which they all enjoy
Contact_FullName: Dee Dee
You will need a bag of white beans roll of paper towels and one zip lock baggie for each child. Wet one paper towel and out in the baggie then put in 5 beans. Zip up the baggie make sure to leave air in the baggie. Hang in your windows and watch them grow. Later you can transplant to pots and send home!!!! Let me know how this turns out for you.
During gardening week, we plant a tree. This year, my children helped plant a tree in a wagon. We wheel the tree in from outside daily and water it. The children named it also. They really enjoy watching the tree grow!
To illustrate how plants grow in vivid reality, use old fish tanks to grow vegetables. First, choose the vegetables you want to grow; we used carrots, radishes, beans, and potatoes. Consult seed packages for information on soil requirements and mix sand, soil, and potting mix to required soil texture. Next fill 2-3 inches of various size rocks in the bottom of the tank to provide drainage, then fill the tank with soil to the black edge on the top. (Filling the tank to the black edge prevents light from filtering to the roots.) Next allow the children to plant seeds against the side of the tank. (You can also plant the center of the tank) Wrap the bottom of the tank with thick, black paper (use a double fold of butcher paper) and place near a light source. Be sure to leave the front paper so that you can open it fairly easily to see the plant growth. The vegetables will develop against the glass so children can see how they really grow. Check the plants weekly and chart their growth, when mature, have a feast!
Plant seeds in small, clear Solo cups. Add Jell-O, in a thick mixture, like Jell-O Jigglers consistency. Push seed down into the Jell-O after it has hardened. The cup should be about half-way filled. Sunflower seeds work best. Once the seed has started to grow, take Jell-O and seed out of cup and plant into the ground. The seed need not be watered while growing in the cup. It draws its moisture from the Jell-O mixture. It is a fun way to watch a seed sprout and grow!
I first read the story "Surprise Garden" I buy 8 or 9 different seed packs. I empty them in a divided tray. I buy moss planting cups and have the children put potting soil in the cups. Then I ask them to choose what seed they like. When they pick it, I ask them what they think it will become, corn, sunflower, green beans etc. I document this on a tongue depressor along with their name. We leave them at school and monitor their growth. At the end of the school year they take them home and plant them...to become surprised what they actually planted!
Which Water Is Best?
Supplies: Three identical plants in soil; Tap water; Bottled water; Distilled water
What kind of water makes plants grow the best? To find out, water plant #1 with only tap water. Water plant #2 only with distilled water. Water plant #3 with bottled water. Do this for one month and chart any differences that you see.
To explain and demonstrate how flowers need water place a white carnation in a vase with colored water (use a good amount of food coloring) after a day the flower will take on some of the color of the water! Very fun!!
Take a large sponge...get wet and squeeze out excess water. Cover with grass seed and then water. The kids will have fun doing this. I take photos of the children preparing and keep camera on hand to "watch" progress w/ children looking on. Put sponge on a plate (or similar) for water leakage.
We saved our pumpkin seeds from our Halloween pumpkin and planted them in milk cartons. The pumpkin plants sprouted quickly and the children transplanted them into clay pots they decorated with paints in the art area. The pumpkin vines are gorgeous and grow and change it seems daily. When they become too large to handle, we will send them home.
In order for my students to see how plants sprout and root systems form, we used clear plastic cups, wet paper towels and radish seeds. Children wet the paper towels and placed them in the cups. We sprinkled radish seeds between the paper towel and cup, so they were clearly visible. We kept the towels moist, placed them in our window sill, and in just a day or two the radishes were popping out all over. The children loved it!
Our students "grew" their names! We used the tops of boxes that grocers cut off to remove merchandise and lined them with plastic. We filled the "gardens" with potting soil and then the children used their fingers or a stick to trace their names or initials in the soil. The students placed radish seeds (you could use grass or other seeds of your choice) in the trench and lightly covered them with soil. In a few days the children were delighted to see their names sprouting!
"Hairy Harry's" Have each child draw a face onto a Styrofoam cup. Each child can scoop soil into their cup so it is almost full. Add grass seeds, water, put near a window, and watch Harry's hair grow. When it grows long enough you can give Harry a haircut.
Take fenureek seeds, soak them overnight, tie them in a muslin cloth. Next day they will be sprouted. In a flat, small carton put good fertile clay. Ask child to make the "A", "B" etc. with a small stick. Help child to sow the sprouted fenureek seeds on the clay-bed in "A" "B" shapes.
Tell the child to water moderately. Next day the Fenureek plants start appearing. Show the growth of the plants to child everyday and tell him to water it every morning and evening.
Good experience for child. He loves to grow plants.
Seed Bags Materials: Ziploc type sandwich bags paper towel spray bottle
with water quick sprouting seeds i.e. Marigolds.
Core out the top of a carrot and put a hole on both sides to attach a string. Hang from the window or ceiling in a sunny place have the children put water in the top of the carrot where you cut it out and watch the magic in a few days keep it watered.
Crew Cut Garden Choir
Supplies needed: Dixie cup for each child, tag board pre-cut in shape of head with ears to go around Dixie cup, markers, soil, grass seed
Have each child make a face on the precut tag board - then glue to the Dixie cup. Fill the Dixie cup with soil and then top with grass seed. Add a little water. Place on window sill. Watch as the grass grows. It will look like a character growing hair. Children can take scissors and cut the grassy hair.
We love to grow things at our preschool--we are limited on outdoor ground space--so we use a small plastic wading pool for our garden--its not to wide so the children can work the garden--make sure you poke holes for drainage.
Cut the tops off of carrots. Place the tops in a shallow dish with some water in it. Let it grow. You should see some growth in a few days. If you want this as a science thing, then graph the results, for math- cart the number of days before it began to grow.
"Garden Helpers" You will need 1 wide mouth glass jar, small rocks or gravel, dirt or potting soil, dry leaves, water, 3 or 4 live earthworms. first place the rocks or gravel in the bottom of the container. Second fill the container half way with a mixture of dirt and leaves. Third sprinkle 1 cup of water over the top of the dirt and let it soak in. The soil should be kept moist but not wet. fourth Place the earthworms on top, and put the container in a cool dark place. fifth in a couple days add 2 cups of water to your worm world. Ask kids what will happen (worms will crawl to the top) then ask why (when water soaks the ground, it floods the earthworms tunnels. They crawl to the top so they can breath. This is why we see so many worms on a rainy day.
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