This fun spring time activity is one that I did with my girls last year as we were forced to teach them from home due to COVID. I scoured the internet for pre-school resources and came across one that my girls throughly enjoyed … especially at the end, where they got to give themselves a hair cut.
Check out this fun and engaging science experiment which allows your child to use and develop fine motor skills, introduces the topic of observation and maybe even hypothesis and drawing a conclusion. (My child was 3 and we discussed these things) It’s also a great time to talk about flowers and gardens and what they need to grow. Soil, seed, water and sunshine! If you have any books about seeds you can incorporate those into the activity as well. The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle is a good one to check out.
Growing Grass Activity Supplies
Here are the supplies you’ll need to plant grass at home in a cup
- Plastic cup (one per child)
- Potting soil
- Toy shovel or measuring cup
- Grass seed
- Watering can or water spray bottle (spray bottles help build those tiny hand muscles)
- Silly face photo of child
- Child safe scissors
**Pre-work** this is completely optional but fun for the kiddos.
Take the photo of the child’s face and tape or glue it to the outside of the cup. Once the grass starts to grow it will look like wild, silly hair. At the end of the experiment have your child give themselves a hair cut. Using the scissors will help develop those little hand muscles.
- Have your child fill up their cup 3/4 of the way to the top with potting soil using the toy shovel or measuring cup.
- Sprinkle in some seeds – the more seeds the more grass will grow
- Use the spray bottle or watering can to water the seeds. (Note – using a spray bottle will prevent the grass from being over watered)
- Place your cup on a window sill that receives lots of sunlight
You child will need to water the seeds daily, keeping the soil moist. Grass seeds should start to grow in 1 – 2 weeks time.