In honor of Earth Day, our April cluster meeting topic was planting seeds with children. We met on Zoom with several other clusters from the DMV area and discussed different activities we can do with our kids planting seeds.
Here are some of the supplies needed to complete this activity with your host kids:
- Potting soil
- Cups for planting the seeds (biodegradable cups can be planted directly in the ground. If using small plastic cups, you’ll need to remove the plant from the cup after they sprout before you plant them in a bigger pot or in the ground). There are links below showing how to make your own biodegradable cups out of newspaper.
- Seeds (we planted Black-Eyed Susans – the Maryland State flower, but sunflower seeds are easy to find and grow).
Below you will find some of the resources we used during this meeting.
Information sheets on growing seeds.
- Planting Seeds Activity Resources Suggested books and links to virtual experiences related to plants and gardening.
- How to plant page 1
- How to plant page 2
- Maryland state flower coloring page
Making your own biodegradable planting cups from newspaper.
This time lapse videos showing the growth process of a sunflower.