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This is a great introduction to get children into understanding the lifecycle of plants, how they grow and looking after them. 

Materials Needed:

  • Plastic cup/ small jar (one for each child)
  • Potting soil
  • Photo of each child's face to fit into the plastic cup/small jar
  • Grass seeds to grow
  • Water

What to do:

  • Add each child's photo to the plastic cup and these can be kept in place by clear contact or double sided tape.
  • Fill up the cup with potting soil.
  • Add the grass seed to the top of the cup.
  • Pat the seeds down into the soil.
  • Water generously.
  • Wait for seeds to grow. 

Hints and Tips: 

  • You can use the following to grow: Mustard Seeds, Chives, Alfalfa, Peas, Lentils etc. 
  • Once the hair grows children can cut their "hair", tie them, make pig tails etc.
  • Keep the cups on the shelves and involve children in watering them so the grass starts growing.
  • You can use Basil, Mint or other herbs so the activity can be sensory as well helping in engaging children when the plant will be fully grown.
  • The seeds don't need sunlight just a warm environment but once the germination starts it's better consider to move them in a more sunny place or they will stop growing.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    Following direction in to fill up the bottle

    Use provided resources to decorate the bottle as they like

    Listen and asking question, interact with peers and educator

  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play, Exploratory Play
  • Interest Areas: Science and Nature, Sensory Play
  • Games Categories: Learning Games, Science Experiments, Sensory Games, Social and Emotional
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 1, Learning Outcome 2, Learning Outcome 3, Learning Outcome 4
  • Sub Outcomes:

    1. Developing knowledge and self-confidence through new skills development

    2. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

    3. Developing social and emotional well-being and creating a sense of achievement by working together with educators and/or peers and developing fine motor skills manipulating seeds and decoration materials

    4. Using senses to investigate natural and processed materials

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