Activity Introduction

Watching things grow can certainly take a long time, especially when you are waiting for plants to grow right out of the ground. Let’s have some fun watching seeds germinate, then break open and sprout!

Some kids will be able to complete this activity with minimal support. 

Ideal for: Early Learning Ages 3 – 4

Themes: 

  • investigate 
  • get messy 
  • chill time 
  • think and connect 

Time required: 15 minutes, spread out over a few days

Curriculum connections: Science, Critical and Creative Thinking

Tips for Parents and Carers

It is an interesting experiment to see how our food grows, before it reaches our plate. In this activity, use seeds that they are familiar with eating so that they can think about the process as a whole.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Resources Required

  • Lentils, chickpeas, buckwheat or other similar seed. Use about 5-10 as some will not germinate
  • Paper towel 
  • Small plate or lid with a lip 
  • Water

 

Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Germinate - Activity Instructions

Watching things grow can certainly take a long time, especially when you are waiting for plants to grow right out of the ground. Let’s have some fun watching seeds germinate, then break open and sprout!

Part A: Prepare

Step 1. Please your chosen seed (lentils, chickpeas, buckwheat or similar) on some paper towel and fold it in half so that the seeds are in the centre.

Step 2. Lay the package on a small plate or lid with a lip. 

Step 3. Pour a small amount of water onto the lid, until it covers the tray. The preparation is complete and now we wait. 

Part B: Germination

Step 1. Observe the seeds by checking in on them each day.

Note: With some tender love and care, the hard outer shell of the seed should split in a few days. Keep the paper towel wet with water, and ensure the towel remains covering the seeds. 

Step 2. Record how many seeds sprout and how many don’t. You might like to measure how fast they grow by measuring the length of the sp

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