Watch a Seed Grow

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Watch a Seed Grow: an activity for children of all ages. In this activity, the children will learn how a seed grows and help them to become more excited about planting a garden.

  • Supplies:
    • a glass jar, clear cup, or CD case, or a root viewer
    • paper towels
    • water
    • seeds (preferably fast sprouting seeds such as radish, mustard, bean, or snap pea)
    • tape
    • gardening notebook/journal
    • paper (if using a binder) – copy paper, cardstock and/or 140 lb weight paper if using watercolors
    • pencil and eraser
    • art medium of choice (colored pencils, watercolors, crayons, or markers)
    • page protectors
  • Read one or more of the following books:
    • Seeds and More Seeds by Millicent Ellis Selsam – highly recommended for children ages 5-9 as it encourages a child to research and find the answer to how and why. (R)
    • How a Seed Grows by Helene Jordan – recommended for children ages 4-8. (R)
    • One Bean by Anne Rockwell – recommended for children ages 4-6. (R)
  • Throughout the week, memorize Genesis 8:22, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
  • Pack the jar with damp paper towels (make sure they are not dripping).
  • Push each seed into one part of the side of the jar, clear cup, or CD case. The paper towel should help keep the seed pressed to the side of the container.
  • Put the name of the seed on a piece of tape and place it next to the seed on the outside of the container. This will allow you to make observations about each type of seed.
  • Keep the jar moist and in a warm location.
  • Wait.
  • For an older child: document the findings in gardening notebook/journal.
  • As the seed sprouts, draw a seed and label each part.
  • For an older child: have them write about the function of each part. If your child is younger, have them tell you about the functions of as many parts of the seed as they are able and document this in their garden notebook/journal. (Example: the seed coat protects the seed.)
  • For additional learning: have an older child draw the life cycle of a seed and/or write what interested or surprised them about seeds. For example, seeds can make oil when pressed.
  • Place the page(s) in a protector when finished and include them in the garden notebook/journal.
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.