Kid’s science experiments that tie into other learning areas are twice as fun. This planting and growing grass words activity weaves science and words study together. Children are given the opportunity to grow words or letters using grass seed. We grew the word grow. You could have your children grow other plant related words like grass, seed, or plant. Younger children could focus on arranging the grass seed into the first letter of their first or last name. No matter what words or letters you decide to focus on your children will love creating, growing and even trimming during the process of conducting this kid’s science activity.
Kid’s Science Activity with Words
- Metal tray or container wide enough to contain the word or letter your children will plant
- Card displaying the word or letter your children will be creating
- Potting soil
- Grass seed
- Chopstick or pencil
Creating the Words in Seeds
It is really important that your children know what the word or letter looks like. They will be trying to replicate it in the potting soil. Seeing the word in print will help them as they draw the letter or letters. A simple index card displaying the the letter or letters will do. Your children can create the card or you can create it for them.
The next step is to fill the container with potting soil. The deeper your soil the deeper your children can draw the letter. Our container has about 4 inches of dirt.
Then your children will need to draw the letters of the selected word or the letter of their name in the soil with a chopstick or pencil. We created the word on the surface of the dirt and then carved each of the letters deeper into the soil after we knew it looked the way we wanted it to.
The grass seed was then added to this kid’s science activity space. They will want to add enough seed to clearly define each letter. (We could have used more seed on our letter “R”.)
Finally a thin layer of dirt was added to cover the grass seed and the soil was lightly watered. (We watered the grass a little everyday.)
It took a number of days for the seed to sprout. It was so exciting to see the letters of the word grow sprout out of the soil. Once it started to grow, we then had to trim the letters. When the grass got too tall, we couldn’t see the word. That was an added benefit. Trimming the grass was actually a lot of fun. (It is also a great fine motor activity.)
Here are some more science activity ideas with plants I think you will like: