A quick and easy growing project for kids to do – we like using our junk modelling box for many different project and a lot of the materials are perfect for using in the garden as they will easily compost. Cardboard Tubes and Egg Cartons are perfect for seedlings. If you read our 5 ways to encourage creativity with Kids once they start school one of the ways is putting out invitations to create for after school. This was a quick one from last week for the kids.
Materials needs for Egg Carton Seed Trays
Seeds – good ones are peas, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, peppers, beans
After School Gardening Project – Egg Carton Seed Trays
With my after school invitations to create for the kids I set them up on the table either as a free art project or with a project for them to complete in mind. Coming home from school J was greeted by the Egg Cartons and a pack of pea seeds – peas are fantastic for kids to grow as they are quick to sprout and grow quickly. We’re growing peas in succession plantings this year to give us harvests throughout the summer.
With gardening there are many different learning opportunities and sitting down with the kids whilst they look at and think about this project gave us an opportunity to talk about what plants need to grow – soil, sun, water, where do the plants grow from – seeds, and what are seeds like – small, big, hard, soft. Examining the seeds close up led to talk about how the seeds grow and at the same time we set up our bean experiment but with some peas so that we could see what was happening below the soil at the same time as the peas were growing in our egg cartons.
To get out a bit during the day after discussing that seeds need soil to grow in we headed out to collect some soil. I have a lot of compost in the garden for growing seeds however normal soil would work just as well and will give your kids a nice chance to get outside after school especially as the weather warms up to collect the soil needed for the project.
Once soil was collected – back to the egg cartons to fill up – filling up led to discussions about maths. Two rows meant that we could talk about the maths concepts that J had been learning about in school doubling and halving. As we filled up we counted with T (3 years old) and J tried his best to explain doubling to her.
Once the cartons were filled with the soil – it was time to add the peas to the soil. This was great 1 to 1 correspondence counting practice for T and she counted out the seeds for both of the trays. With the seeds in place on top of the soil the kids pressed in the peas and covered them over.
With the seeds watered and placed on a window sill we wait for them to grow – with the warm temperatures inside I estimate that growth ready to be planted out will be between 2 and 4 weeks.