Welcome 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)
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.