Activity 4: Starting Seedlings
Activity time: 15 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Paper cups or cardboard egg cartons
- Potting soil
- Packet(s) of fast-sprouting seeds, such as marigolds or zinnias
- Pitcher or watering can
Preparation for Activity
- Fill pitcher with water.
- Set planting supplies on work table(s).
Description of Activity
Gather the children around a table. Give each child a paper cup or a section of an egg carton. Pass the potting soil around and tell children to fill their cup with soil.
Using the seed packet directions, tell the children how deep in the dirt to plant their seeds and how much water to add. Help children plant and water the seeds.
Tell the children to put the planted seeds near a sunny window at home, and to keep them moist but not too wet. Tell them to check on their seed each day. Explain that in a few days, a seedling should sprout!