3 Tips for Starting Seeds with Kids
Much of our work as Natural Teachers is about reconnecting children to nature. The winter months can be extremely challenging. Planting and growing seeds is a great solution for keeping kids busy and connected with Nature.
Let’s talk SEEDS! Planting seeds with kids is an easy way to them excited about gardening. There is so much to learn. Seed identification, seed parts, investigation, germination, and photosynthesis. We all have seeds stories. My seed story begins with me and my own Seed Sanctuary. I always look forward to running to check the germination process and witnessing the birth of new baby plants. I can’t wait to get started! I hope you and your children can join me. Here are a few tips.
Tip #1: Curiosity Conversations:
Asking questions is a great way to learn and get kids engaged with any topic. Here are a few questions to get you started on your seed explorations:
- What type of seeds is best to start with kids?
- When is the best time to start seeds? How do I find out?
- How much room do I need to start seeds?
- Do I need a special grow lamp for seeds? Or can I use a window with the natural sun?
- What if I grow seeds using toilet paper rolls?
- What if I grow seeds using newspaper?
- What different activities can we do to teach kids about plant parts
Tip #2: Materials Checklist:
- Potting Soil
- Seeds with growing directions
- Good Light
- Growing stations
- Seed Growth Log
Tip #3: Get Started: Dig In
Step One: Create Grow Stations (these can be made out of recycled materials or commercial seeding trays)
- Toilet Paper Rolls
- Milk Cartons
- Plastic Soda Bottles
- Egg Cartons
- Newspaper Rolls
- Plant Trays
- Old Shoes, Hats, and Baskets…
Step Two: Purchase Supplies
- Grow Lamp
Step Three: Create Learning Stations, PLAY & Put It All Together
Do you have a seed story? Share your seed story in the comments below. Do you want to learn more about how to design your outdoor classroom? Check out the Teaching in the Dirt: Designing Outdoor Classrooms e-Course.