Gardening Science

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.
Procedure: Have children fold two pieces of paper towel so that it fits into the baggy. spray the paper in the bag until it is quite wet sprinkle the seeds into the bag on the towel. About 1tsp seal the bag and hang in sunny window or bulletin board. Keep an eye on the bags – make sure they don’t dry out. Sprouts will appear quickly. The neat thing is you can see the roots form and it can be planted including the paper towel.

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