Every child learns differently, but one method that works very well with our children is when we get them involved in hands-on activities where they get to see, touch, and play with real objects. We have observed that when engaged in hands-on activities, children actually absorb the information better than if they were just shown a picture. Of course, abstract learning through pictures and concepts is good, but hands-on play and learn is very important for kids under the age of 7. When a child’s brain is drilled with the abstract it can retain the information, but only because the brain learns to cope. With play and learn, however, the brain can actually understand the information presented. So, in addition to abstract learning, we do different types of hands-on activities at home with our 5 and 3-year-old boys.
This spring, as the weather was slowly getting warmer, the blooming trees and plants sparked kids’ curiosity. We decided to learn where the plants come from, so we organized our own little experiment. The kids loved the observation process and the first thing they did every morning was run to their planted seeds to check how much they changed. Check out the experiment below and feel free to try it out.
What you need:
Seeds (any kind - we used Mung beans, corn, and radish seeds)
Small Ziploc bag
Potting soil and a flower pot (if want to plant the sprout)
Fold one piece of paper towel
Place it inside the Ziploc bag
Pour in enough water just to soak the paper inside the plastic bag
Carefully place seeds on the surface of the folded paper towel so they are visible and seal the bags
Hang the prepped plastic bags in a window that gets direct sunlight using Scotch tape with the seeds facing the inside of the room
Check every 2 days and water if necessary (we watered Mung bean and corn every other day, but reddish did not need any watering).
Observe and notate the development every other day
Transplant into a pot to further observe the growth of the sprout into a seedling