Many families are busy getting vegetable gardens started or planting flowers. Kid Scientists can explore germination with a few left over seeds.
Ages: This exploration will be interesting to all ages of Kid Scientists. Read on for extensions for the Big Kids.
Materials: Seeds, paper towel, water, plastic bags, plastic cups, garden soil
Procedure for Little Kids:
- Choose a question to test
- Can seeds germinate (sprout) if they aren't in dirt? (set seeds in damp paper towel or in a plastic cup with a bit of water...try both!)
- Will one type of seed germinate faster than another? (use two or more different types of seeds, they can be planted in cups of soil, or tucked into a baggie with a damp papertowel)
- Will seeds germinate faster if they are in dirt? (try seeds planted in a cup of soil and seeds in a damp paper towel...make sure you use the same type of seed)
- Can seeds germinate in the refrigerator? (put seeds in damp papertowel in both the fridge and on the counter, compare germination)
- Can seeds germinate in a dark place? (use a similar set-up to the refrigerator)
- Will seeds germinate faster outside or inside? (use a similar set-up to the refrigerator)
- With help, Little Kids can set up their seed experiment.
- Make observations every day
- Ask Little Kids to describe what they saw and what they learned.
Procedure for Big Kids:
- Encourage Big Kids to come up with their own questions to test...if they're stumped they could choose from the list
- With a question, Big Kids should decide how to set up their investigation. Help them with their variables, making sure they have a control and only one manipulated variable.
- Big Kids could also figure out a way to collect data. What observations will they make? How will they record their observations?
- Ask Big Kids to describe what they saw and what they learned
The Science Mommy would love to see pictures of your investigations!