Materials: quick sprouting seeds (examples: chia, grass, or flax), pot (plastic cup, terra cotta pot, small recycled food container), soil (non-fertilized), nylon socks or panty hose, string or rubber bands, wiggly eyes, stickers, pipe cleaners, glue, gravel or small rocks, water spray bottle
Soak the seeds overnight in preparation for this activity.
Have the children stretch the nylon sock or panty hose over the opening of their pot.
Sprinkle a thin layer of soil into the sock.
Sprinkle a thin layer of seeds over the soil.
Add additional soil, enough to cover the seeds.
Take the sock out of the pot and tie off the end and form the soil into a ball.
Place small rocks or gravel into the pot. This will create a base for your plant monster to rest on.
Place the plant into the pot.
Decorate the monster, adding eyes, antennas, etc.
Place the plant monsters in a sunny location.
Twice a day spay the monsters with water. Keep moist but do not over water.
There are many different kinds of plants. Plants can be found on land, in oceans and in fresh water. Most plants have roots that live in the soil or dirt. All plants need water, sun, minerals and carbon dioxide in order to germinate or grow. Plants provide oxygen to breathe and many plants provide food for both humans and animals. Plants get their energy from the sun. Some plants need a lot of sun to grow while others need very little.
Plants are divided into two groups: flower- and fruit-producing plants and those that do not produce flowers or fruits. Flowering and fruit plants include all garden flowers, grasses, shrubs and most leaf trees. Non-flowering plants include pines, ferns and mosses.
Plants reproduce, or make more plants, through flowers. The flowers have pollen. When the pollen spreads to other plants, it produces fruit and seeds. Bees or the wind will help to pollinate most plants.
The roots of a plant typically grow underground. Roots help the plant to stand up and bring in food and water from the soil. Food for the plant travels up the roots through the stem. The stem holds up the leaves and flowers on the plant. The leaves are the food-making factory of a plant. Leaves are typically green and contain a substance called chlorophyll.
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Additional PBS LearningMedia: Curious George: Paper Towel Plants This video from Curious George shows students helping bean seeds sprout outside of soil by meeting their essential needs for moisture, temperature, air, and light. The children place the beans and a wet paper towel inside a zippered plastic bag and leave them undisturbed in a warm, well-lighted place.
Strawberry Mouse | Sesame Street A garden mouse demonstrates growing a strawberry plant. This resource provides a step by step explanation of the process of growing a plant.