Seeds & Plants Unit

Monday, April 23, 2012

Seeds & Plants Unit

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Kids will love learning about seeds and plants in this fun, hands on unit for toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade kids. Lots of science experiments and crafts for kids.
plants and seeds unit for kids with science experiments, crafts for kids, and more


We spent a week exploring seeds & plants. This is a fun topic for my kids because they are always anxious to plant our garden & starting picking produce! By the time we finished this lesson we were about ready to pick our first radish! [see more hands on science for kids]



We made our own flowers to decorate the inside of our house. I thought this was so much fun, simple to make, and came out super cute! My kids LOVE them!




3D Paper Flower Craft for Kids

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I explained how plants “drink” water like we do from a straw. The stem is their straw from which they get all their water. We did the classic experiment of placing white carnations in colored water. I asked the kids to make a hypothesis of what would happen. After about 2 hours there was a hint of some green & blue on the carnations. 2 days later the blue & green carnations were fairly well colored. The orange watered carnation had traces of orange around the edge of the petals. The yellow and the pink watered carnations had not changed at all. The black carnation turned it green.


Science - Coloring Carnations

carnation science experiment for kids
We also germinated our own seed. This was a great way to observe what happens under the soil when we plant a seed. We moistened a paper towel and rung it out slightly. We placed the wet paper towel and 3 pea seeds inside a small Ziploc bag. The kids taped them to a sunny window and we waited & observed.


Germinating Seeds


growing seeds in a bag
We acted out dormant seeds in sleeping bag popping out. Sorry, I couldn’t see to get a picture that capture it well.

We made Seed Mosaics. My kids were surprised to learn that dried beans (like we use for soup) are actually seeds!


Seed Mosaic Craft

seed craft for kids

We learned what the different parts of a plant are by making this plant & labeling it. Goofy also enjoyed making this Bean Sprouting Book (enchanted learning)


Learning about the Parts of a Flower


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You can make this craft version about parts of a flower or use this free printable flower parts flip book.

Garden Worksheets

I was about to make a Spring preschool pack and discovered Jolanthe over at Homeschool Creations has a super cute Garden Printable Pack! Why reinvent the wheel, right!! Jolanthe has tons of super cool printables, but I’m guessing you already knew that =-)
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And here are our resources & book picks:


3 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post. We will be studying Botany next year with Apologia and these are some great ideas and activities to help incorporate my younger kids into the learning!

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  2. I love these ideas. What a great post! Thanks.

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  3. Love these! We've germinated seeds, but I've never done a seed mosaic! Great idea :)

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