Gardens Galore

Grow an Appreciation for Plants through Gardening!

Gardening is a fantastic way for young people to learn about natural processes and understand where their food comes from. Germinating seeds, planting seedlings, composting, and starting a worm farm are all fantastic ways to connect with nature!

Early Years Learning Framework

Learning Outcomes: 

2.4 – Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

3.2 – Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and wellbeing

4.2 – Children develop a range of skills and processes 

Principles: 

3. High expectations and equity

Practices: 

1. Holistic approaches

CHALLENGE: Sprouting Stars!

EQUIPMENT:

Dried legumes or beans/ mason jars (you could try reusing old peanut butter jars!)/ cheesecloth (you could reuse unwanted scraps of cotton fabric e.g. pillowcase or bandana)/ rubber bands

*Optional: drying rack/ airtight container (to store sprouts)

TIME NEEDED:

Approximately 4 days for peak development of sprouts – STEP 2

Extra 2-3 days allowed for sprouts to be stored in fridge for consumption – STEP 3

Step 1 - ‘Stop and Smell the Roses’

Before starting the practical aspect of the challenge, we recommend showing the children the video below so that they can get a better understanding of the importance of appreciating plants and facilitate mindfulness amongst them. 

Step 2 - Collecting Dried Legumes

Ask the children to bring in dried legumes they may have stored at their homes that are not being used by their parents. Or you have the option of bringing in your own legumes. Here is a list of legumes that sprout the easiest and fastest:

  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Green peas
  • Black beans
  • Mung beans

 

You can create different sprouting stations for the different legumes you choose to use.

 

Step 3 - Soak, Rinse, Dry and Repeat

  1. Soak 

The children will need to add the dried legumes to a bowl/jar with cool water. It’s best to separate the legumes into different bowls/jars according to their type. The water added should only be a few inches about the dried legumes. Soak the legumes overnight.

  1. Rinse

You probably have noticed that the legumes have expanded overnight – they would have absorbed the water that they have been soaking in. Show the children how they have expanded.

Rinse the legumes and place them into different mason jars – try and keep the same type of legumes together so you can make different sprouting stations for them and the children can witness different sprout times amongst the variety of legumes being used in the challenge.

  1. Drain

Secure a clean cotton cloth over the jar using rubber bands. If you have a drying rack handy it would be useful for this step – prop the jars upside down to allow excess water to drip out.

  1. Repeat

Rinse and drain the legumes 2-3 times a day. Ideally, you should continue this for 2-3 days or until sprouts have reached 1-1 and a half inches long.

Step 4 -Sprout Magic

At the end of this process you should have some beautiful, healthy-looking sprouts – now they’re ready for consumption! Wrap the sprouts in a clean cloth and set in a clean, airtight container. The sprouts can be kept in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Get the kids to take some home so they can include the sprouts in their meals!

Step 5 - Photo Submission

Try and take photos of each step of the process so that the children can use the images as reference points of how the sprouting cycle works. You can then print out these images to create a ‘Sprouting stars’ poster which can be hung up in the centre to remind the children of the sprouting process they witnessed.

 

Share your experiences with us by submitting your photos below. The winners of this challenge will receive a fun and exciting prize pack from Bunnings!

Submit!

Use the form to the right to submit!

We can't wait to see your centers' germination station photo journal!

Want to grow more plants or have your own early learning garden?

Your centre can apply for a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant! Click to see more information and how you can apply!

You could even apply for free native plants if your school is within the Brisbane City Council area. 

Finished Germinating your seeds? Check out these ways to upcycle your new seedlings!

  • Sell your plants to families, you can set up a little stall outside your centre

  • Create gifts out of your seedlings for holidays such as Mothers day! 

  • Plant your seedlings in your centres garden 

  • Place in upcycled pots e.g. old tires or containers to use as pot plant decorations! 

Activities about Gardening and Plants

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