I like to grow items with my children during my spring unit. One of the items that we enjoy growing is the herb, basil.
Over the course of a few weeks, I gather up my egg shells, wash them out and let them dry naturally in the sun.
Hands on Preschool Spring Science Egg Shell Herb Gardens
Anytime you plant something there are new science terms to introduce children to and plenty of experimenting going on. Planting is wonderful hands-on science because the children can ask or even think up questions – questions even the shiest of children will get answers to. During the growing process, many of the questions will be answered.
1.) Wash and dry the eggshells and let them dry naturally in the sun.
2.) Add dirt to the inside cubby of the eggshells.
3.) Read the directions on how to plant the seeds of your choice. Be sure to explain that besides the proper light and water, seeds need to be planted at a certain depth.
4.) Cover your eggs with a clear plastic bag just until the seeds sprouts. It helps provide a humid environment helps keep the conditions right for the seeds to germinate. Remove plastic wrap once seeds sprout.
Some Vocabulary Terms You May Wish To Cover:
Any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume.
Germinate: To cause to sprout or grow. Basil seeds take between eight and 14 days to germinate and emerge from the soil.
Rise out of or up from. The seed, sprouts and emerges from the soil.
A sprout is a small growth on a plant.
A mass of fine droplets of water. The best way to water basil seed is using a mist. Basil seed does not tolerate sitting in standing water.
Humid means: containing a high amount of water or water vapor. Moist or damp; but not wet.
The first set of leaves that emerge on a basil seedling are called the seed leaves. They are actually a part of the seed and act as a food source for the sprouting seedling
As the seedling becomes stronger and healthier, it will begin to form two more leaves that look very different from the seed leaves. Look for the first set of true leaves two to three weeks after the seed leaves. Remember, the true leaves don’t grow until after the set of seed leaves emerges.
Two to three weeks after the first set of true leaves emerge, basil plants should be about 6 inches tall and ready to be re-planted out in the garden or in a larger pot.