There’s something magical about seeds sprouting into plants. Kids watch them expectantly for days. It’s their daily mission to check on their plants.
For days they come back with nothing to report and then it happens. They come running and shouting that their plants are growing, their seeds have sprouted.
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Our kids love to help plant the garden in the spring. It’s a great way to get them outside, active, and invested in the vegetables we will be eating over the summer.
They get so excited when I tell them it’s time to plant the garden. They rush around and help gather all the supplies and equipment.
It never fails, ever year we end up with seeds dumped in a pile. Last year it was the carrots. There was some (or a lot) thinning out that was needed.
When we were offered the chance to review Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® this year we were super excited! No spilt seeds! We even made a fun printable to go along with our seed pods to help kids track the germination progress.
Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® are so simple and easy to use and give kid a hands on opportunity to learn about gardening. They make gardening a breeze. Each ready-to-plant seed pod contains everything needed to get started. Each Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® contains a seed, plant food, and growing materials. They take the guesswork out of gardening; no need to worry about planting depth or dumping too many seeds into one hole.
Just 3 easy steps and you will be on your way to fresh vegetables and herbs:
Start by loosening the potting mix, peel off the lid and push in the seed pod until the top of pod is even with the potting mix. You don’t need to cover the top with potting mix. Each seed pod will give your instructions for spacing.
The kids like to dig, so they dug a hole for the seed pods and then filled around the seed pods with potting mix.
Keep your seed pods moist by watering daily.
Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® are guaranteed to grow. Before you know it, you will be enjoying fresh garden salads, BLTs with lettuce and tomatoes from your garden, salsa, cucumber salad, zucchini bread and all your other favorite garden recipes.
After you plant your Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables®, to help curb the when is it going to grow questions, have them record their data on this Germinating Seeds printable. There is a column for date planted, type of seed, estimated days until germination, and date they observed the germination.
I really like the estimated germination date. It gives kids an idea of when they will be seeing their plants begin to grow. They know that if we plant cucumbers today, they will not see anything for 7-10 days.
Download Germinating Seeds Printable
Extend the Activity:
1. Plant the seed pods in pots and do an experiment. What do seeds need to grow? Alter water and light and track the affect it has on seed germination.
2. Plant the seed pods in pots that the kids decorate and give it as a gift.
3. Compare the growth of Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® to other forms of seed germination.
Miracle-Gro®, believes that there’s a lot to learn from even the smallest plants, so they started The Gro-ables Project. It’s a movement that shares the joy of growing herbs and veggies while giving kids truly hands-on learning experiences.