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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Seeds, Sprouts, Plants, Flowers, Fruit & Vegetables

So back in March, one of my Sharing Saturday features was from The Artful Child on investigating peas growing in your window with contact paper and a water paper towel. We tried this in Hazel's bedroom window. She now calls our pea plants elephant trunks. However it is neat to see the roots.

A great book to help see the plants and roots is How Does a Seed Grow by Sue Kim. It has fold out pages and shows both the underground and above ground parts of the plant to grow different fruits--tomato, pepper, peas, oranges, blueberries, etc. Hazel of course loves it because of the fold out pages.

On the Monday after Easter we planted some seeds with my father. My parents are avid gardeners and grow amazing flowers and vegetables. We are going to bring some of our seeds to my parents to grow in their garden since they have better space and sun for gardening. However I promised Hazel we would try some gardening. The one thing I want to do is grow a sunflower garden for her to hide in. So sunflowers are on our list as well as watermelons, pumpkins, celery, carrots, zucchini and green beans oh and snap peas, of course.
By Friday we had some sunflowers already popping out. It was so exciting for Hazel to see. My father had cut two milk cartons in half for us and we used them to plant some of the seeds that would take the longest to harvest. Here are the seeds we planted.
We just filled the carton halves with soil and planted the seeds as deep as the package said. Then stuck them in nice sunny windows and watered them often.

We labeled the carton on the top part with what type of seeds we planted. We have one sunflower container, one pumpkin, one watermelon and one celery. Once they start growing we will replant them into cups and then eventually outside in our garden. We will also grow some carrots, marigolds, basil, zucchinis and tomatoes. Do you have a garden? What do you grow?
Sunflowers Day 9
Pumpkins Day 9
Watermelon Day 9



Since our sunflowers popped up first, we have started doing some sunflower crafts.I went to DLTK's Crafts for Kids and found many sunflower crafts. All of these came from there.
Sunflower Mask
Tissue Paper and Sunflower Seed Craft
We also started the You Are My Sunshine Frames for Mother's Day gifts. Now I just need to get a good picture of my little sunshine. She is in her I hate pictures stage. She colored these with her dot markers and they remind me of the flowers in one of her favorite books (see below). We will share them when they are completely done as well.

We also read How a Seed Grows Into a Sunflower by David Stewart, and one of our favorites is My Garden by Kevin Henkes.










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10 comments:

  1. Hi Carrie
    What a great Earth Day activity!! I'd Love for you to come share it in The Mommy Club and or any of your other fun ideas! I saw this on Kitchen Fun With My 3 Son!

    http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2012/04/the-mommy-club-share-your-resources-and-solutions-40/

    Have a great weekend! Crystal

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  2. I am so in love with your tissue paper sunflower craft! I just bought little sunflower starter kids at Target for $1 to do with my kids and I can't wait to try out this craft once they get growing. :)

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  3. Oh I love it! The sunflower craft is fun too.. You know it's funny but this was my first season trying my hands at planting veggies and I bought roma tomatoes.. I was so happy one day seeing my plants growing up to the size of your pumpkins in 8-9 days and the other day I wake up to see them being eaten by birds.. LOL but yeah I was sad all day! :( Oh well! lesson learnt next time indoors while they are small or may be scare crows will work..
    Thanks for linking up at friday fun party! :)

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  4. I love your sunflower! Your seeds look like they are doing well!

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  5. How fun! We just plants our garden a few weeks ago and our sunflowers are doing the best too. Well, the radishes were doing better until I accidentally killed them. Oops!

    Love that sunflower craft. We will definitely be trying that out!

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  6. I love doing plant lessons! This looks like fun. Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

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  7. I love your sunflower craft.

    It always amazes me ho w fast seeds grow. thanks for linking to Fun sparks.

    Emma @sciencesparks

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  8. We just sprouted seeds in a bag too =-) So much fun, isn't it! I loved looking at their progress as much as the kids!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Looking forward to seeing you again tomorrow =-)
    Beth

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  9. Nice books and crafts to go along with your growing activity. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Putting covers will help them grow fast and are protected too.

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