How Does Your Garden Grow?
        Step 1: Things You'll Need
        Step 2: Paper Cup Planter
        Step 3: Cut It Out
        Step 4: Get Crafty
        Step 7: Glue It
        Step 8: Get Your Hands Dirty
        Step 9: Super Seeds
        Step 8: Plants Need to Drink
        Step 9: Bright and Sunny
        Step 10: Blooming Buds
        Step 11: My Green Thumb

        To create Seed Growth Chart, you will need:

        1. Print
          Seed Growth Chart Sheet
        2. Materials
          • Paper Cups
          • Soil
          • Spoon
          • Beans
          • Knife
          • Crayons
          • Small Plate
          • Glue

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        How Does Your Garden Grow?

        Talk about what plants need to live and grow. Explain how the sun, water, and soil are important parts of growing a beautiful garden. Point to the various parts of the plant (e.g. the stem, leaves, and petals) and encourage your child to say the names of those parts with you. Next, make your very own garden with your child.

        Step 1: Things You'll Need

        Collect the items from the materials list.

        Step 2: Paper Cup Planter

        Reuse a small paper or plastic cup. Carefully poke a few small holes for drainage in the bottom of the cup with a pen or knife.

        Step 3: Cut It Out

        Cut construction paper to fit around the cup.

        Step 4: Get Crafty

        Decorate the cut construction paper with drawings and craft supplies.

        Step 7: Glue It

        Glue the decorated construction paper onto the cup.

        Step 8: Get Your Hands Dirty

        Use a small spoon to transfer soil from the bag to the cup. Pack the cup until it is almost full.
        Little Hands Tip: Talk about how the soil smells and feels.

        Step 9: Super Seeds

        Add one or two beans (spaced apart) to the cup and lightly cover it with more soil. Place cup on a small plate.
        Little Hands Tip: Count your beans as you plant them.

        Step 8: Plants Need to Drink

        Add a small amount of water to the cup.

        Step 9: Bright and Sunny

        Put the cup in an open area (such as a windowsill) where it will receive plenty of sunlight.

        Step 10: Blooming Buds

        Encourage your child to water her garden on a regular basis, just like Mary Mary Quite Contrary watered her garden on Sesame Street! 

 Celebrate your child's gardening skills as she cares for her plants. Monitor your garden closely and look for the first sprout!

        Step 11: My Green Thumb

        Invite your child to document the growth of her garden by drawing pictures of the plants at various stages. Use this growth chart to talk about the life cycle of a bean growing into an adult plant. Once the plants grow too large for the paper cups, replant them in a different container or outdoors for all to enjoy!

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