Preschool activities on planting seeds allow children to understand and have an appreciation for how things grow. Planting seeds can encourage responsibility; preschoolers need to water and care for the plants on a daily basis. These activities can be done in one week, although you may need to revisit the plantings a week or two later to enjoy the results.
Planting beans or other types of seeds allows children to see something growing. Provide paper cups for each child as well as potting soil. Supervise them in filling their cups half way with potting soil. Have them each place a seed in the soil. The children then cover the seeds with more soil and water them. As the activity leader, you may want to poke drain holes in the bottoms of the cups to prevent children from over-watering their seeds. Help the children water the plants as needed and watch and record the progress of the seeds over several weeks.
Place a bean seed on a damp paper towel inside a clear plastic zipper bag. Seal the bag and check on it every few days. The bean should sprout on its own, although the process may speed up if you include a corn seed, as well. This activity for preschoolers shows what happens underneath the soil when a plant grows. Show the children the root system that grows and explain what the roots do for the plant. You can also show them the roots of a larger plant when you transplant a growing plant.
Painting Flower Pots
Buy small ceramic pots for the children. The flower pots can include the dish to set underneath the pot. Provide acrylic paints for the children to decorate the pots. Be sure to have them dress in smocks before they begin the project. Once the pots are dry, have them plant grass or flower seeds and give them as gifts for Mother's Day.
Different Seeds, Different Plants
Show several different types of seeds to the children. Ask them to guess what type of plant will grow from each type of seed. Include seeds that can be found in fruits and vegetables or on trees or flowers. Also cut open an apple to show the apple seeds, and open grapes or oranges to show the citrus seeds. You can gather pine cones and nuts to let children examine the seeds of a tree. Talk about how each different type of plant has its own seed. Explain to the children that some plants grow quickly while others such as trees can take years to grow.
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