10 Science Activities – Growing Things

10 Science Activities exploring GROWING THINGSWelcome back to another Science “Hangout” – a video where sciency parents and teachers come together to share fun and easy science experiments to do in the home. Today’s hangout is all about GROWING things. Remember, science isn’t always about the answers, but about exploring together and wondering at the magic of the world around us. We have a set of activities to inspire you to have go.

Science at Home: Growing Things – The Video

In order of appearance:

1 – First up we have our grass heads – I put this on Red Ted Art as a “craft”, but of course it has all the science potential too – talk about what plants need to grow – show how the plant “leans” towards the sunlight and teach children to take care of plants.

2 – Kids Chaos talks about the effect of water and light on growing cress – what are the “optimum conditions” to make cress grow well. Will the cress in a dark cupboard grow? Find out. (Specific blog post links to follow)

3 – Bluebear Wood talks about the science behind non living things that “grow” – looking at fun Water beads. (Specific blog post links to follow). Rainy Day Mum also did a fun Waterbead science experiment post.

4 – Next Bluebear Wood shares a fantastic chemical experiment – where you grow your own magic garden. (Specific blog post links to follow)

5 – Rainy Day Mum shows the classic and wonderful activity of growing beans in a jar – see the shoots and the roots grow and experience growing plants on “all levels”.

6 – Rainy Day Mum also shares her Nature Journal – a great way to get kids observing closely and recording what is happening.

7 – Inspiration Laboratories show how Spring Onions / Green Onions regenerate – you can log how quickly the shoots are growing and talk about the regeneration of plants (Specific blog post links to follow)

8 – To close of the session – briefly talk about the simple “science” activities, such as talking about “age rings” on trees to find out how old a tree is.

9 – In addition (and not on the video) We also looked at how flowers “drink water” and how it travels up the stems and settled in the petals. We added a little “colour theory” to make it even more interesting.

10 – Finally.. Find out about the Tadpole Life Cycle over on Rainy Day Mum’s blog. Visit her site to also find out how to care for tadpoles – and watch how our tadpoles are growing on Life At The Zoo (Part 1) and here they are grown with updated photos and we discuss feeding our tadpoles (Part 2).

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