Sunday, April 28, 2013

Seeds & Gardening

Sprouting Sponge

Materials
  • A new dish sponge
  • Bean sprouts or mustard seeds
  • A plastic plate
  • Plastic wrap
  • A light source, preferably the sun
  • A spray bottle
  • Scissors
 
Project

  1. Decide on a shape for your sponge (triangle, star, heart, etc.) Then, using your scissors, cut it into that shape.
  2. Soak your sponge in water, squeeze out any excess water so the sponge is still wet but not dripping, and then place it on a plate.
  3. Evenly sprinkle your bean sprouts or mustard seeds over your sponge and then place your plate in a well-lit area.
  4. Make sure to keep your sponge damp throughout the day by spraying it with a spray bottle. At night cover your sponge carefully with plastic wrap to keep in the moisture.
  5. Continue to do this for two weeks, and by the end you will be able to taste what you have grown.
  6. Seeds carry their own food supply, so when they are starting out, all they need is water, a light source, and the right temperature.  Eventually, seeds that grow into plants need to be put into soil to continue growing.


More ideas for gardening and seeds:

Making Decorative Plant Pots by CraftExpert
A Cup of Spring! by Creative Connections for Kids
Make Your Own Seed Packets by education.com
The Edible Schoolyard Yields Seed-to-Table Learning by edutopia
Little Flowerpots in Bloom: Spring Kids Crafts Project by Gummylump
Preschool Seed Theme by stepbystepcc.com
Melon Seed Necklaces by EasyFunSchool.com
Gardening with Preschoolers by National Gardening Association
Preschool Gardening Science by Everything Preschool


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