Rooting a Sweet Potato added
To root a sweet potato in water, push toothpicks halfway
into the potato. Then place the potato in a glass of water with the
toothpicks resting on the top rim. Make sure the end of the potato
is immersed in water. Place the glass where it will receive adequate
light. Maintain the water level so that the bottom of the potato is
always immersed. Note that in a few weeks roots will grow out of the
sides and bottom of the potato, and leaves will grow out of the top.
The plant can be left in the water or replanted in soil. This
activity provides the children an opportunity to observe root
Need: Birdseeds, sponge, plastic plate
Place a sponge soaked with water in a plastic plate and allow child to
sprinkle it with birdseeds. Place the plate in a sunny place and watch for
the seeds to sprout! The seeds will continue to sprout as long as the
child keeps water in the plate.
Chia Pet Egg
Need: Eggshell with the top 1/4 broken off,
Ring cut from an empty paper towel roll to hold the eggshell or part of an
egg carton, 3 Damp cotton balls, 1/8 teaspoon alfalfa seeds, Fine tip
Set the empty eggshell in the holder cut from the empty paper towel roll
or part of egg carton. Draw a face on the eggshell with colored markers.
Place damp cotton balls
inside eggshell. Sprinkle seeds over the cotton and keep the cotton damp.
In two or
three days, the seeds will begin to sprout. Put in a sunny spot. As the
sprouts grow, your child can give the egg friend a "haircut".
Cup of Seeds
Stuff crumpled paper towels into a clear plastic cup, and add water to
dampen but not soak them. Place some seeds between the side of the cup and
towel so that they are visible from the outside. Cover the cup with
plastic wrap, and tape a second cup on top of the first. Observe the seeds
for a while. Once they start to grow you may want to transport them to
Made a greenhouse out of 2-liter pop bottles. Ask
each child to bring one to school. Just cut them in half with
an utility knife beforehand and peal off the label. Make slits going
long ways so the top section will fit over the bottom section. Have
them fill it with dirt and plant bean seeds, flowers seeds, grass, or
whatever you have. Put
the top section back on. Put them in a sunny spot. The great
thing is you only have to water them about once or twice a week. The
items really grow great and it gets really warm inside of the pop bottle!!
Grow a seed
Put pumpkin or lima bean seeds
in a wet paper towel and put it all in a clear ziplock baggie. Hang it
on a bulletin board where it gets moderate sun. Watch it grow. (remember to
water it from time to time.)
Begin by taking a cardboard milk carton and cutting out a flap on one side,
cut three sides so it can be opened like a door. Tape a piece of plastic
wrap over the window on the inside. Fill the carton with soil and
plant a couple of seeds (pumpkin works well). Place the side opposite
the window up on a block the the carton is at and angle. When the
plant begins to grow, the roots will grow towards the window,
allowing you to open the window and see the roots. Be sure to keep the
window closed when not viewing.
Grow A Pine Cone Tree
cone for each child (keep inside over night so they will be dry and
wide open), grass seed in measuring cup or cup with pouring spout, small jar
in which pine cone can sit, but not go all the way into, water in bowl
Each child will wet his pine cone in the bowl of water. Fill a jar with
set the pine cone in the top of the jar. About 1/4 of the pine cone needs to
fit snugly in the jar and reach the water. Sprinkle the pine cone generously
with grass seed. Place the jars in a windowsill. Help the children add water
to their jars when needed. Be careful not to wash the seeds away. Grass will
sprout in a few days.
Grow Your Name
added 7-9-02 Original
Need: Small Box (roughly half the size of a
shoe box), Grass Seed, Potting Soil
Directions: Get small boxes, line them with
plastic, and fill them with potting soil. Have your children scratch out
their name in the soil. Have them sprinkle grass seeds into the name Gently
cover it with soil and soon you will have their name growing in a garden.