You probably know from the title of this blog that I believe fun and learning go hand-in-hand. We have been having so much fun in our garden this year, and the kids (and I!) are learning so much along the way. When I saw all of these great science activities for kids in the Discover and Explore Gardening Linky, I was inspired to extend our learning even further. I hope you enjoy them, too!
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Create a sensory garden like this one from Little Wonders’ Days. It will help kids learn about and explore the five senses.
Dissect a bean seed and record your findings with this science activity and free printable from Buggy and Buddy.
Observe bean seeds sprouting in a clear container, but check out this post from Finding the Teachable Moments for an important tip they discovered. You’ll also find a wealth of other bean-related science and learning activities while you’re there.
Start a Garden in a Glove like The Full Circle Gardener. Record how many days each seed takes to sprout and compare the sprouts to one another.
Observe root growth and changes over time with this indoor root vegetable garden from What Do We Do All Day?
Learn about stems and how they work by studying celery and creating a model of a plant like this one from Learning and Growing the Piwi Way.
Use these suggestions from Mom Trusted to make predictions and record how long it takes for onions to grow from leftover bulbs.
Start now with this experiment from Life with Moore Babies to see if you can grow your own pumpkins in a pumpkin before fall.
Observe plant growth with bulbs and a free printable from Buggy and Buddy.
What other ways do you incorporate science into your gardening activities with kids?
If you’re hoping to find a little more inspiration, you might be interested in The Garden Classroom. This new book is a terrific resource for learning to create your own garden classroom no matter the size of your gardening space or your skill level. In addition to great tips about gardening with kids, there are literacy, math, science, craft, and play ideas.
These posts and other highlights have been pinned to the Discover and Explore Pinterest Board.
Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities is designed to bring hands-on fun to math and science play. It’s full of engaging and powerful learning opportunities in math and science, shared through ideas that incorporate art, play, sensory learning and discovery, for a whole-brain approach.
It includes 40 educational projects and 20 printables including a set of build-your-own 3D shape blocks, engineering challenge cards and a range of math games.