I feel so incredibly lucky that I’m part of a fantastic learning playdates group. Our group is like a homeschool preschool co-op group and our kids always have a blast. We all take turns hosting and teaching which makes it that much easier on us moms. Plus, did I mention our kids love it? Seriously, I don’t even think they know they’re learning. If you’re looking for an activity this growing plants homeschool preschool activity is so fun.
This is definitely a project best suited for spring, especially for us since we live in Texas and it gets really hot starting in the Summer.
The preschoolers in our group really enjoyed planting seeds and then watching them grow. We also washed hands and did two different printables which you can also print (for free, of course) below.
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What are the best seeds to plant for a growing plants homeschool preschool project?
We used basil and radish seeds for our project. If you have younger preschoolers, peas or sunflowers are also great picks since they’re easier for toddlers to grasp. As always, be sure to have good supervision over your kids while handling seeds. The great thing about radish seeds and basil seeds is that they both sprout very quickly!
The radish seeds can sprout as soon as three to four days which is super fast in my opinion. Ours sprouted in about five days. Our basil sprouted a few days later. Each day, the kids were a little disappointed when they couldn’t see anything. Once everything started growing, the little plants really took off. Once they saw the plants shoot up, we started to check on our plants daily.
I’m also glad we did basil and radish so we could incorporate a V is for vegetable coloring sheet. Growing your own vegetables is a great way to encourage picky toddlers to try new things as well! I’ve been working with my oldest on eating more vegetables and we can’t wait to harvest our radishes.
Other great seeds you could use:
We kept our theme somewhat simple and just talked about how seeds grow but you can take it to a higher level if you want. I think anything you can teach kids about plants is great, it’s definitely something the next generation isn’t as close to as older generations. One of my favorite activities as a child was having my own little garden! I thought it was so cool.
We also bought seeds for our project, but you can also collect seeds from your produce like bell pepper or cucumber (seeds from organic produce tend to grow best).
This is very much a “get your hands dirty” type of learning experience!
Free printable worksheet
After planting the seeds together as a group, we talked about how the sun makes the plants grow and then each took home several copies of this worksheet. Each week the kids grew how their plant looked since each week the plants grew. You can download the PDFs by hitting the black download button.
We also did a coloring page called V is for vegetable included below:
I was able to get the dirt at my local super store for less than $10. I got the rest of the supplies on Amazon. There was more than enough for our group which is five children.
As the plants started to grow larger, we did have to transfer the seeds to larger pots, but I found these awesome ones on Amazon for just under $3! If you have gardening space or pots hanging out in your garage that might not be an issue though.
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