What will grow?

45 min.

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Wonder of the Day #589

How Do Seeds Sprout?




Understand how seeds grow

Big Idea

Scientists still don't completely understand the miracle of seeds and how they grown

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Other books to use:

What Will Grow? - Ward, JenniferA Seed Is Sleepy - Aston, Dianna Hutts
What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward
A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston

Soak paper towels and pumpkin seeds (or sunflower seeds) - line up the seeds on paper towel in shallow tray, and monitor.

Do seeds need their seed coat to grow? || Gift of Curiosity

There are a number of factors that affect seed growth - ask the kids to brainstorm:


This site recommends using a clear jar:


Keep the towel moist. How many days does it take for seeds to germinate? Plant the sprouted seeds in soil (Because we are in the fall season in Cleveland, Ohio- this might be a project that is better to have in spring.) What is the best way to store seeds?


The Cleveland Seed Bank is the domestic work of The Hummingbird Project, an international permaculture aid non-profit based in Cleveland, OH. It aims to safeguard and restore the biological diversity vital for sustainable agriculture, both in the U.S. and around the world.

Epic Books has a quiz that can be completed after reading the book - What are seeds.

For preschoolers we modify the program with rhymes--Make a circle, circle BIG, BIG, BIG (Small ")
Hello, hello, hello
Make a circle UP, UP, UP (Down ") Now let's sit down!

Pumpkin, pumpkin on the GROUND
How'd you get so big and ROUND
Once you were a seed so SMALL
Now you are a great big BALL
Pumpkin pumpkin on the the ground, how'd you get so big and round.

Share the book What Will Grow and this fall classic:

The Busy Little SquirrelThe Busy Little Squirrel