How Does Your Garden Grow?
Language: To foster ways in which your child collects and gathers information, and the way in which your child uses it.
This is an activity that will encourage children to observe and talk about how seeds grow into plants as they learn to use gardening materials.
You will need:
- Planting containers (pots or Styrofoam cups)
- Potting soil
- Seeds (beans sprout fairly quickly)
- Masking tape
- Permanent marker
- Prepare the planting materials, placing the potting soil in a large bowl and the seeds in a container so the children can see and touch them. Label and describe the materials being used, helping children to build their vocabulary around planting and gardening (i.e. “We will plant our seeds in the soil and water them so they take root and grow into bean plants”).
- Children can spoon soil into their container, poke a hole into the soil, put in one or two seeds and then cover them up. Label each child’s container with their name.
- Over time, the children can water their plants, watch them grow and talk about the changes they observe.
- You are now ready to begin this activity!
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- Pictures of planting materials (i.e. soil, seeds)
Prepare pictures of planting materials beforehand
When you begin the activity, think out loud by asking your child "What do we need to plant seeds?" and label the items as you go through the pictures, for example "We need seeds, soil ect.."
Place all the materials for planting in one area. Encourage your child to smell and touch each material.
As you are planting, ask questions to encourage your child to talk about what they know about planting seeds.
Nurture, Explore & Share
- If your use pictures to show your child the list of planting materials
- Your child will see what materials are needed for planting seeds
Nurture, Explore & Share
- If you allow your child to explore the materials through touch and smell
- Your child will learn words to describe scent and texture
- Spend time with your child by engaging in the activity with them & allowing them to take the lead
- Learn to care for the needs of living things when they participate in watering plants
- Engage your child’s imagination in the experience of planting and gardening (i.e. pretending to be seeds or fruits & vegetables)
- Feel encouraged to express their imaginations and ideas
- Provide your child a space or area to build their own garden
- Observe the life cycle of plants and see what happens when a seed transforms into a plant with a stem, leaves and roots
Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments
• Provide concrete experiences with seeds and plants, either by looking at neighbourhood gardens, or by visiting plant nurseries. Involve children in simple planting activities.
• Provide appropriate props that give children the opportunity to role play their experiences.
• Provide gardening props in the drama centre or in the sand table so children can build on their understanding of planting through role playing. Include plastic pots, gardening gloves, empty seed packets, and a small watering can.
• The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle, and Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown.
Everyday Moments: Play Time