The Sunflower Project: How do plants grow?

Growing Plants from Seeds - Growing Sunflowers Provocation [An Everyday Story]Every now and then you stumble across something really lovely. Last week a friend of mine invited us to a potting class for children at a local plant nursery. It was a gloriously warm day, and as the kids sat outside with spade in hand, surrounded by soil, I smiled at how happy they were busy with their potting work.

For just $5 Jack (4yrs) and Sarah (23 months) were guided gently to pot their own plant whilst given freedom to shovel and explore to their hearts’ content. It was really lovely.

Gardening with Children - potting plants [An Everyday Story] Gardening with Children - potting plants [An Everyday Story]And after the flowers were potted and a little morning tea was had, we took our plants home with us.

Jack and Sarah have been taking good care of their plants; watering them and making sure they get enough sunlight. We’ve been talking about how plants grow, how they start from a tiny seed.

We’ve never grown sunflowers before. I don’t know how well they will grow, but that is part of the learning process, isn’t it? How do plants grow? Will these little seeds of ours grow in the cotton wool? How often will we have to water them? How long will they take to sprout?

Growing Plants from Seeds - Growing Sunflowers Provocation [An Everyday Story] Growing Plants from Seeds - Growing Sunflowers Provocation [An Everyday Story]My hope is that they will sprout, that Jack and Sarah will see them sprout and grow into seedlings. And then with our little seedlings, we will carefully pot them into some soil, much like they did at the nursery.

It will be a long project, caring for these little seeds, observing their progress, keeping track of changes in a little blank notebook, but how fascinating to watch, from a tiny seed, a huge sunflower grow.

Growing Plants from Seeds - Growing Sunflowers Provocation [An Everyday Story] Growing Plants from Seeds - Growing Sunflowers Provocation [An Everyday Story] Growing Plants from Seeds - Growing Sunflowers Provocation [An Everyday Story] Growing Plants from Seeds - Growing Sunflowers Provocation [An Everyday Story]So with pipettes in hand, and with the same concentration they gave to potting their plants, Jack and Sarah wrapped each seed in wet cotton wool.

We’ve checked on them already, nope they haven’t sprouted yet. Jack will undoubtedly check again tomorrow.

I really hope these little seeds grow.

12 thoughts on “The Sunflower Project: How do plants grow?

  1. I have just stumbled upon Reggio and your blog and I am so thrilled and overwhelmed at the same time! I am wondering what book is in the post photo? Only the corner can be seen. I am working on a list of books for my children, as well as myself (I saw your list for me, so helpful! Thank you!) Once I am a little more comfortable I will work on our classroom and supplies.

  2. I recently helped my 4 year old daughter plant some seeds in a pot (kit from Bunnings) which is meant to sprout quite quickly. My daughter checked everyday to see if anything was happening and on the 7th day she finally had some sprouts! My fingers are crossed you get some results! The project I did with my daughter highlighted the fact that she had a little trouble with patience 🙂 If the sunflower sees don’t take too quickly try a mung bean… Quick results there and if you put the bean in a snap lock bag and sticky tape it to a sunny window then you’ll see results quickly… Roots and all!

    Sophie xo

    P.S I love the planting group at the nursery idea! I wish more nurseries provided that!

  3. What a wonderful experience at the nursery. I hope some seedlings sprout for you too.
    I know you don’t need any more books but next time you’re at the library try to track down- That’s Not a Daffodil by Elizabeth Honey- such a beautiful book about a boy who watches his daffodil bulb over the months- much slower than a sunflower though.

  4. We love growing sunflowers… ours are coming to the end of their lives now that summer is ending, but we’ve had our best year yet with quite a few of them growing taller than me!!! I hope yours do as well!

    • Whoah that is huge! 🙂 I am hoping that we haven’t left it too late to plant them…I’ve had the seeds for a while but you know how things go… They have sprouted already though so hopefully we will see them grow 🙂

    • This is the first time we have grown something from seed. So far they are very well loved and watered 🙂 We’ve grown seedlings before but I am really loving watching the kids look after these seeds, especially now since they have sprouted. So simple but so fascinating for them 🙂

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