Growing plants indoors can be a wonderful learning experience for young children. Parents, teachers and any person that provides child care will benefit from using these “What do plants need to grow” printable worksheets for this exciting project.
These worksheets are free and can be copied for a large group of children. They highlight different phases of plant growth in a way that kids will have some fun while learning.
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If you are in charge of a larger group of children you may want to laminate these kindergarten worksheets.
Planting can be messy and it is beneficial to have these worksheets laminated so they can easily be wiped clean and used throughout the duration of the plants growth.
What do Plants Need to Grow
A great way to trigger thought in young children prior to the start of this project is to ask them what does plant need to grow? They may provide typical responses like sunshine, water and dirt.
The exciting part about this project is when each child gets their own planter and seed. The children will fill their own potters with planting soil and then plant their own seedling.
After the seedlings are planted you can discuss the first steps of growth and what each seedling will need. Children can add a little water to their individual planters and place their seedlings in a well-lit area.
1st. graders and kindergarteners enjoy checking on their seedlings every day. This experiment will teach children the importance of taking care of a living object as well as the benefits of research.
Each day the children can log growth progress onto their printable experiment sheets. They will be able to see a time frame develop from when the seedling sprouts to when it is full grown and ready to be planted into a real garden.
Young children will be so proud of their research that they will want to keep their printable experiment sheets and show their parents all of the hard work they put into growing their plant.
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You should also check this Plant Life Cycle worksheet. It would go well with what do plants need worksheets.