By John Bomhoff
Art Studio Manager, Children’s Museum of Phoenix
It’s Earth & Sky month at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. This project teaches children how a seed grows into a plant.
Ages: preschool & up.
Materials: brown construction paper or a brown paper bag cut into 6” X 9” pieces, tissue paper scraps, glue stick or white glue, scissors, birdseed, dried beans, peas and/or corn.
Choose a piece of construction paper and fan-fold it along the 9” side to create furrows to “plant” seeds in.
Create plants and flowers out of tissue paper.
Glue beans, seeds, and plants and flowers in the furrows.
Following April’s theme of “Earth and Sky,” we are focusing in the Art Studio on living a “green” lifestyle. This is a wonderful art project using simple materials that introduces the young child to how a seed grows into a plant.
Any art project lends itself to integrating corresponding literature. There are many fine books which have a garden theme. Here are two of our favorites: The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss is a treasured story of how childhood faith is rewarded. It is ideal for the very small child. The Flower Ball by Sigrid Laube and Silke Leffler, French authors, is a story about vegetables who crash a ball hosted by some snooty flowers.
Here is an ideal time to review with your child some facts regarding how a seed becomes a plant:
1. A seed needs soil, water, and sunlight to germinate or grow into a plant.
2. The root grows downward in the soil to receive water and nutrients for growth.
3. The shoot grows upward, reaching for sunlight.
4. When the shoot reaches the surface it becomes a sprout.
5. The sprout develops green leaves, becoming a seedling.
What a wonderful time to plant an actual garden with your child– even in a container pot!
ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX
The mission of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.