Last fall I was given an opportunity to participate in a once a month Homeschool Science Camp for the first half of 2016. We are a science loving family, so I happily accepted. The projects rotate from a mini activity one month to a big activity the next. The literature is provided to us along with a video to watch. For the mini activities I have to provide my own supplies, but for the bigger activities the supplies are provided to me. Back in December we did an activity called The Earth is an Apple. January's main activity was Ecosystem in a Bottle. In February we did The Dirt Beneath Our Feet edible activity.
March's activity is called Garden in a Glove. We have had A LOT of fun with this activity!
When our kit arrived it contained everything we needed except for water. These items are easy to find for you to repeat this activity in your homeschool.
If you would like to follow along by video, you can find a video of the experiment here.
A PDF of the parent guide can be found here.
A PDF of the Experiment Guide can be found here.
plastic food service glove
5 seed packets
10 cotton balls
containers to plant the seeds in once they outgrew the glove
First you need to label the fingers of your glove with the names of the seeds you will be putting in each finger.
Next dip 5 cotton balls in a cup of water and squeeze it out so it is wet but not dripping. Place your wet cotton balls into each of the glove's fingers.
Drop two to three seeds into each of the fingers making sure you match the correct seeds with the labels :)
Dip 5 more cotton balls into the water squeezing them out as well and place them in each finger over top of the seeds.
Blow some air into the glove and tie it with a twist tie or pipe cleaner.
Hang the glove in a sunny place.
Within 3-5 days your children should be able to see their sprouts! Some of ours started sprouting the next day. This is a great journal opportunity for your children. Each day they can draw pictures or describe what their seeds look like.
After 9-14 days, your seeds will be ready to be transplanted. We transplanted ours into the biodegradable containers that were provided for us. You could also plant them directly outside.
I thought this was a great experiment! It was inexpensive and easy to do. The most difficult part was dropping the seeds in to the fingers, but if your child has trouble with that you could put the seeds on the cotton ball, cover with the other cotton ball and place it in the fingers all at once. The bean seeds that we planted grew the fastest.
I am a club leader for a 4 H group and every spring I try to do something different with gardening or seeds. I thought this was such a great project I had my club members do it at our last meeting. Everyone enjoyed it and reported great success with their seeds!
We can't wait for our next #campSci project next month!
Disclaimer: I received the products in this kit complimentary from Monsanto as part of their #CampSci Homeschool Science program. I received no other compensation and all opinions in this post are mine. I am disclosing this in accordance to the FTC regulations.