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What are some good activites that deal with plants for 5-8 year olds?

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  1. Keeping silk worms but they need mulberry leaves. Also having a vegie patch.
  2. Grow an avacado tree. Get celery and put some water in a glass with food coloring and let them see how a plant drinks when the celery begins to change colors. Grow sprouts, those grow pretty quickly. Have them trace leaf shapes, or patterns on a paper and use different colors. Press a flower in a book in wax paper. Show them some interesting seed pods you find while taking a walk.
  3. gardening in warm weather growing plants inside the house in pots
  4. A bean plant in a larger waxed dixi cup. It will grow fast and tall! Just fill the cup about 3/4 the way with soil and make a hole with your finger about 1 inch deep, drop the bean in and cover lightly with soil. Within days you should see activity It is possible that a bag of pinto beans could do the trick. lol I soaked some "overnight" one night and forgot about them. 2 days later I remembered them and some were already sprouting. I only mention this because a pound bag of pintos is under 2 dollars. Have fun!!
  5. Give them a seed (beans are easy) and let them grow a plant. Put leaves under a sheet of paper and run a crayon over the top for nice designs. Dip leaves in ink/paint and blot on paper and then label. Flatten leaves in books use for bookmarks, framing, etc. Take walks and identify plants. Visit a botanical garden. Visit a farm. Visit a plant nursery.
  6. You can go to the dollar store and buy little egg like cartons for starting plants for about $2.00, then potting soil for around the same price, then seeds for 3 or 5 for $1.00. Have the children help you put the potting soil in the potters, then plant the seeds and water. It will take time for them to grow, but if you use veggies, they can learn about how to grow real food and probably eat what they grow. You can start them in the house now and transplant them later when the ground is warmer so it will be more activities later on to do. In the mean time you can go to the library and rent books on veggies to read to them, they can watch excitedly the potters for any signs of growth, and it will be a very educational activity about growing food to eat.
  7. I'd plant a small garden with them in the spring/summer. Let them tend to it and see how it grows. Things like cucumbers and other veggies are really easy to grow, and they taste WAY better than the ones you buy in the store! Even a flower garden would be fun.
  8. get leaves place them under paper ..use a sideways crayon and color over it for a traced impression...or use chalk collect moss dry it and glue it to a picture frame use sticks and acorns ect too make acorn necklaces braid flower chains
  9. Get some Cress seeds. You can plant those in all sorts of creative ways. They grow very quickly so it's something that can excite and keep the attention of impatient 5-8 year olds. Also, when they are grown you can harvest the cress and make sandwiches. Yum. I loved doing that when I was that age. My aunt and uncle kept me busy looking after little cress farms all the time.
  10. I have an 11 and an 8 year old, as well as a 1 year old. We homeschool, and we live in the country so we have done a lot with plants. Here are some suggestions. You could plant a bean in a baby food jar, but that is so basic-it is a lot more fun. Right now, Target has a $1 section at the front of the store with little flower pots that a child can grow daisies and sunflowers in. That would be a nice start. You can go to Lowe's and get a small Venus Fly Trap for less than $4. We recently got one as my son was interested in carnivorous plants. I also purchased an aloe plant for about the same price-it is from the cactus family, but it is also a medicinal plant of course. Plant a small garden-it is the perfect time to do so. Watermelons, perhaps, though they take a lot of room. Fruits and vegetables would be great-they could later enjoy their work. There are also some things sold by educational supply companies where you can plant the seed and watch it grow, because you plant it in a narrow, then container with plexiglass walls. Start a small compost heap, and talk about the benefits of fertilizer and also the negatives-such as chemical fertilizers running off and getting into waterways. Discuss bees and butterflies, and how they are essential to plants, along with other insects. I am not sure what kind of activities you are looking for, but the number of arts and crafts is unlimited. THey could purchase terra cotta pots from the local arts and crafts store and decorate them, they can make scarecrows to keep pests out of the garden (you can use old aluminum cans). Pack O Fun magazine always has some great ideas in it! One I like was making bird feeders out of old shoes. Sounds weird, but looked neat and a great way to recycle. Other activities-plant related word searches, history of the peanut plant or others, etc. I hope this helps...I could go on and on, so please feel free to contact me via my profile if you want do discuss this more.
  11. Have them plant seeds in little containers and watch their plants grow...it teaches them a sense of responsibility and builds their self esteem that they actually grew the plants.