Nature Garden Activities for Kids


Seed Bank for Kids

Plants save for a rainy day by putting their seeds in seed banks. Seeds that fall to the ground don't grow right away. They wait until conditions are right. In this activity, kids will learn how to grow plants from a seed bank all by themselves!

What You'll Need:

  • Clean soil
  • Trowel
  • Aluminum baking pan
  • Water
  • Plastic wrap

How to Make a Seed Bank:

Step 1: Collect soil from any natural area (such as a dark forest or under a shrub) that hasn't had herbicides or pesticides applied to it.

Step 2: Scrape away any decaying plant material and dig enough soil to fill your pan one-half to one inch deep.

Step 3: Water the soil so that it is moist but not soggy. Cover the pan with plastic wrap to keep it moist and warm. Set in a warm place and wait.

Step 4: After about a week, young plants will be growing. Where do they come from? They sprouted from seeds already in the soil. This is what we call a seed bank.

Step 5: Try this with soil from various places. How is the seed bank in a forest different from the seed bank in a meadow? Try garden soil too.

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