A wonderful hands on science project that allows children to actually see the changes in sprouting seeds. Allowing you to ask questions and for the children to form a hypothesis that leads to one or more predictions that can be tested by experimenting and examining the growth for the answers.
- Variety of seeds (Beans, corn and peas work well.)
- Paper towels
- Pizza box or card board
- Plastic bag
- Spray bottle filled with water
- Beans and Peas sprout quicker. Usually in two days. Corn takes longer.
- Soak the seeds in a glass of water overnight.
- Cut pizza box in half and lay down 3 pieces of paper toweling on top of one half of pizza box.
- Put seeds on top of the paper toweling.Spray down seeds & towel.
- Place additional 2 pieces of paper toweling on top of seeds. Spray until the toweling is soaked.
- Cover the paper top layer of paper toweling with second piece of pizza box cardboard.
- Place entire seed starter into a plastic shopping bag.
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Thought Provoking Questions
Before & During Starting Your Seeds:
1.) What do you think is going to happen to the seeds?
2.) Why do you think the paper toweling needs to be wet?
3.) Why do you think we have to soak the seeds?
You can test additional theories the children may have. Like set up one without soaking the seeds in water for a night, without wetting the paper toweling, different types of seeds on trays.
Testing what the children believe the outcomes might be for each.
Questions to Ask After Seeds Sprout
1.) How do the sprouting seeds differ from one another?
2.) How do they look alike?
3.) Ask them if they know the different parts of a seed? Good Coloring Guide
Follow Up Activities
1.) Plant the seed sprouts in dirt. Watch them grow.
2.) Printable seed matching game for center activity.