Our kids are super excited about planting our garden. They like the planting and harvesting part of gardening, but not the middle part of weeding and caring for the plants as much. I kind of don’t blame them; weeding is time consuming and not so much fun. With our busy schedule, we have done mostly plants in our little garden the last two years. The kids enjoy planting seeds, so I decided try sprouting seeds in sandwich baggies. It’s a great hands on science project.
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One of our favorite kid authors is Eric Carle. We love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The Very Busy Spider, and The Grouchy Ladybug. I recently added The Tiny Seed to our collection and thought it would be a good book to accompany our seed project. I read The Tiny Seed and did this project with my son’s preschool class. I had three different kinds of seeds for the kids to chose from. The kids were so excited to see the seeds sprout within a week!
This activity takes just three items: sandwich baggie, seeds, and paper towel.
Step 1. Wet a piece of paper towel. You want it damp, but not dripping with water. Lay a few seeds on the paper towel.
Step 2. Fold one side to the middle.
Step 3. Fold other half to middle
Step 4. Fold up the bottom of the paper towel
Step 5. Fold top half of paper towel down to middle.
Step 6. Put paper towel into a sandwich baggie. Do not close the baggie. The seeds need air.
Step 7. Place the baggie in a warm well lit area and check on it in a week. These are what they looked like after we removed them from the sandwich baggies.