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Wednesday, April 11, 2012


The Planting Song
(Tune:  “The Farmer in the Dell”
Let’s all plant some seeds,  (Pretend to dig.)
Let’s all plant some seeds.
Hi, ho, it’s spring you know,
Let’s all plant some seeds.
The rain begins to fall…    (Wiggle fingers down.)
The sun warms the earth…(Arms over head.)
The seeds begin to grow… (Pretend one arm is a plant.)

Growing, Growing!  What does a seed need to grow?  Brainstorm with the children and write their responses on the board.  Take five cups and draw the following as shown:
  1. soil, water, sun, air
  2. soil, water, air
  3. soil, water, sun
  4. soil, sun, air
  5. sun, air, water
Plant several bean seeds in each cup.  Encourage the children to predict what will happen.  Observe.  Evaluate predictions after several weeks.
Popcorn Plants – This is the coolest experiment.  You will need a plastic jar, paper towel, popcorn kernels, and sand.  Roll up the paper towel to fit down in the jar.  Fill the center of the jar with sand.  Place 5-10 popcorn kernels between the inside of the jar and the paper towel.  Water.  Set in a sunny window and observe. 
Hint!  Encourage children to draw pictures daily to record plant growth.