This week I have been sharing a number of space-themed activities that you can do with your children. We started the week with Constellation Exploration Mats. Today we will be gardening. This hydroponic gardening activity will be fascinating to do with your children. They will be amazed that you can grow a bean seed without soil. It will be like they are growing a seed in space.
Hydroponic Gardening with Kids
While we did our hydroponic gardening with a single large bean seed in a single serve water bottle, you could use a 2-liter bottle and several seeds if you like.
Hydroponic Gardening Supplies:
- 2-liter bottle cotton balls; heavy cotton string; green bean seeds; tape
- cotton balls
- heavy cotton string or twine
- large bean seeds
You can cut the top third of the bottle for your children if they are young. Older kids can probably cut the water bottle on their own with scissors.
Next children will need to place the top section of the bottle into the bottom section upside down. It will look like a funnel!
Then they will fill the bottle section of the bottle until it is about 1/4 of the way full.
A piece of string or twine about 6 to 8 inches will need to be cut. It will then be threaded through the neck of the bottle. You will want it to sit on the surface of the bottom of the bottle. The remaining end will be wrapped around the inside edge of the funnel.
Cotton balls will need to be pulled and stretched until the are fluffy. When they are ready, you can place them in funnel section. Children will want to fill the funnel to the top with cotton balls.
It is now time to tuck a seed or seeds into the cotton balls. Children will want to make sure the seeds are towards the center of the cotton ball area. It will give them a chance to start growing in a completely covered area.
Then you will pour a small amount of water on the cotton balls to slightly dampen them. The string will bring them water during the hydroponic gardening process, but this gives them a little water to start with before the water rises to them.
Finally, place the space garden in a sunny spot and watch your seed grow. You may need to add water to the bottom bottle from time to time.
Oh! It is okay to lift the cotton balls and check on the seeds progress.
If your children love gardening, here are a few more gardening project they will enjoy.
You will find even more gardening projects on my Gardening with Kids Board on Pinterest.