It is spring, time for some interesting seed science activities for kids. Have you ever grown any plants from seeds? At the beginning of plants’ life cycle, seeds are interesting to observe and study. Today we share fun seed science projects for kids.
Science Activities for Kids About Seeds
Pick up a dandelion, and talk about the seeds, and why they are like parachutes. You can even make paper parachutes of similar structures to test out and learn more about air resistance, and of course how plants disperse their seeds.
Another interesting seed example is from pine cones. Go pick up some pine cones, find the seeds, and watch the seeds fly in the sky.
For young children, you can start with food with seeds. Can you name some food that has seeds in it?
After dissecting bean seeds, it is time to grow bean sprouts. Do you know the beans that are the easiest to sprout?
Are all the seeds the same? Collect different seeds, and ask kids to observe and record different features of different seeds, such as size, color, and weight. If you can supervise the kids, and help them cut the seeds open, they can also compare the inside structure of the seeds. This is a great exercise for kids to learn observation, comparison, and differentiation.
Learn how seeds grow into plants by planting some seeds. This eggshell seedling is an interesting setup and I am sure will be appealing to kids.
If you want to observe the sprouting process, this is a good seedling setup that allows you to see the roots.
To be able to easily measure the seeds while it is sprouting, you can plant seeds in CD cases filled with soil. It is easier to do the measurements with the hard flat surface of the cases.
After watching how seeds sprout, you are ready to discuss what seeds need to sprout.
I hope you like these science experiments. Doing science at home is not just for fun, it is also to cultivate child’s interest in science and help them grow scientific thinking skills. Don’t just do it for fun, try to follow scientific steps while working with kids on these activities. I outlined the steps and developed this Science Experiment Recording Sheet. I highly recommend following these steps for each activity, even with young children. They can draw pictures if they can’t write. It is the process that is important, starting with questions and hypotheses.