A little while ago, I wrote a post on seed germination for kids where I showed you exactly how we set up a seed germination experiment using glass jars, paper towels, water, and of course, seeds! In that post, I told you I would do a follow-up post on the seed activities for kids we did as the seeds were growing, and about the results of which seeds grew fastest (or grew at all!).
Well, wonderful news! You no longer need to wait with bated breath—the results are in! We have found out which seeds sprout the fastest, which are the easiest to grow, and which simply look AWESOME.
But before we get started, be sure to download your free seed germination tracker for your little to record what they observe!
So, without further ado, here are our results as well as some fabulous seed activities for kids!
One of the reasons I love doing seed germination with kids is how quickly the seeds start to grow. It was Day 2 this time when our first seed started to root. By the next day, there were sprouts too. And by Day 5, three of our four seeds were growing strong!
These are the seeds that we chose to germinate:
- Snap Pea
- Swiss Chard
Here is a little run down of our results, though yours may, of course, be slightly different.
Day 1 – Despite checking a gazillion times, nothing happened.
Day 2 – Snap Pea rooted.
Day 3 – Snap Pea started to sprout and Bean started to root.
Day 4 – Bean started to sprout and Swiss Chard started to root (though it was tricky to see!).
Day 5 – Snap Pea, Bean, and Swiss Chard were all rooted and sprouting.
Day 6 – Bean overtook Snap Pea for the tallest and strongest plant.
Day 7 – All growing strong! (Except for the Cucumber…)
There you have it! We had the best success with snap pea and bean seeds. Both grew fairly similarly, easily, and strongly. The roots to the snap pea were a bit easier to see, but the bean seed looks really neat as it sprouts!
So, if I were forced to choose between a bean or a snap pea seed to germinate with my little ones, I would choose (after a long and restless night’s sleep debating the choice) a snap pea! The root system on a snap pea is really fascinating—and that is why I do seed germination for kids in clear jars with paper towels: so they can see the root system.
Truthfully, we didn’t do too many activities while we were observing our seeds sprouting. It was mostly casual conversations. But conversations themselves can be one of the most powerful learning tools of all.
We made predictions, comparisons, developed some new vocabulary, and most importantly marveled at how miraculous the whole thing is.
This is one of the very simplest ways to introduce little ones to seed germination. It can be kept as simple as we kept it, or made to be quite the all-encompassing endeavour! Whatever floats your boat. Our boats are currently floated in a shallow stream… some days a puddle…
This is a great seed activity for kids because it is quick, easy, and almost completely fail-safe.
I hope you find these seed activities for kids helpful for you and yours! They are such fun for early Spring.
Thank you for reading friends!
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