Gardening Science


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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