Preschoolers With A Green Thumb
Suite101 offers several comprehensive experiments geared toward first and second graders that teach them the importance of light and water for plant growth. They are great activities to add to your life science unit. While your preschoolers may not be able to complete them in their entirety, lessons tend to be more effective when children can take part and personally observe the concepts.
Bean sprouts are actually one of the few plants that can survive and grow year round. This provides quite a bit of flexibility. If you’re looking for a lesson to supplement springtime themes of growth and new life or a fun activity to complete during the long winter months, conditions are always just right! Give each of your preschoolers a Styrofoam cup and provide markers, glitter, construction paper, and glue for decorating. Encourage students to write their name, draw a silly face, or create other unique designs to set their cup apart from their peers’. To restrict the mess to one spot, prepare a ‘potting station’ where children can use spoons or their hands to fill their cup about three-quarters full with soil. Instruct them to choose three or four dried bean sprouts and plant them in the dirt.
Explain to the children the how crucial light and warmth are to make the bean sprouts grow. As a class, brainstorm places that might make good homes for their seedlings. The windowsill is generally the favored location. Take time each day to check the plant’s progress and talk about what factors might be causing their growth patterns.
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