Watch a Seed Grow

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Watch a seed grow: an activity for children of all ages.  To learn more about seeds prior to this activity, consider reading, One Bean by Anne Rockwell, (for preschool children ages 4-6), How a Seed Grows by Helene Jordan, (for children ages 4-8) and/or Seeds: A World of Plants by John Farndon (for children ages 7 and up). In this activity, the children will learn how a seed grows. This is a great way to get the kids 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 journal/notebook
    • pen or pencil
    • eraser
    • art medium of your choice (colored pencils, watercolors, etc.)
  • 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.
  • Have an older child document the findings in their gardening notebook.
  • As the seed sprouts, draw a seed and label each part. For an older child, you can 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 nature 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, one of my kids was surprised that seeds can make oil when pressed.