Plants are incredibly important for our environment. They produce oxygen without which living on Earth would be impossible. They also have an incredible impact on the quality of the air – they absorb contaminants, reduce the amount of carbon dioxide, humidify air and lower its temperature. That is why it is often said that forests are our planet’s lungs. Thoughtless deforestation leads to the ecological disaster – climate change, air pollution. Let’s have a look at how easy it is to grow your own plants at home. We will conduct a little experiment with kids.

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MATERIALS

  • dirt
  • old egg carton
  • seeds (different ones that you can find in the plant shop)

Course of the task

The teacher prepares 3 boxes for the seeds (pots form the shop can be used but it is good to reuse egg cartons). You can look at the different seeds together – focus on the shape, colour, size. Later the seeds are sown and covered with a thin layer of dirt – not thicker than 5 mm.

Pot no. 1 should stand in the place with a lot of sun and be watered plenty.

Pot no. 2 should also be placed somewhere warm but not watered

Pot no. 3 should be hidden somewhere dark, e.g. cupboard.

 

After 3-4 days you can conduct your own analysis.

Have the plants germinated in all containers?

Are there any sprouts larger than others?

A follow-up observation will be conducted after a week and summarized together with the children. This will facilitate a discussion on what contributed to the plants’ healthy growth – whether they require sunlight and water for their survival. The teacher and the children will talk about how we can assist plants and trees in our immediate environment, for instance, by watering them. The grown plants will be transplanted into the soil in the preschool garden.

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The post is funded by the Veolia Foundation and is part of an international project carried out in Polish-German collaboration.

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The post is a part of the “Preschooler’s Calendar,” which was created as part of a project co-financed by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt in cooperation with Naturschutzzentrum Oberlausitzer Bergland.

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