Have children sponge paint the outside of a styrofoam
cup. After it dries, fill it with potting soil and plant sunflower seeds.
If you have room in your classroom, grow them at school. As a group
activity, show what happens if you don't water, what happens if you don't
have light. Place several plants away from the light and watch how plants
reach for the light.
Flower Arranging added
Buy an assortment of plastic or silk flowers and put them in your water
table filled with sand. Put little plastic pots and toy shovels, watering
Put cold water into three glasses and add drops of food coloring to each.
Stand white flowers in each glass. After a few days the petals will start
to change color.
Leave for two more days and the flowers will be the same color as the
they're standing in. Ask the children why this happens. Get the children
to record the experiment by drawing what they saw.
Planting Without The Mess
added 5-26-03 Submitted
1. You need One small terra cotta pot.
2. One bag a beans.
3. A flower, cut to fit in the pot (One with a wide stem is best)
The kids are given a flower pot and some stickers to decorate it.
Once they are done decorating they can fill up their pot with beans and
then you can give them the cut flower and they can plant it in their pot.
When they are finished putting the flower in you can write their name on
the flower pot.