Planting seeds and bulbs is a fantastic job for Autumn, and it’s one of our kids favourite.
Help Your Kids Grow Seeds And Bulbs
Each year we have a shopping day to pick some new flower bulbs plant up some pots full of bulbs as we plan and dream about Spring for next year.
Like Most Things In Life, Seeds and Bulbs Need The Right Conditions To Grow.
Photosynthesis is the process where the plants are able to convert sunlight into food.
Activities With Seeds And Bulbs
- Why are bulbs all different sizes?
- We identify the different parts of the bulb and flower.
- Then we check out how to plant them and whats the best way for each variety.
- We look at pollination and where seeds and bulbs are produced and what types of seeds we can find.
- Also, we look at the growing conditions each one likes and where the best place it for each type of plant.
- Simply tear up some brown wrapping paper or newspaper into small pieces and soak them in a bowl of water, stirring them in. Try squashing them with your hands to break them up a little.
- Once the paper is mushy and completely soaked, flatten a piece in your hand
- Sprinkle over some of your chosen seeds and then cover the seeds with more wet paper and roll into a ball.
- Squeeze out all the water. The drier you get the ball the quicker it will be ready to dry.
Wrap your ball in coloured tissue paper to smooth the balls and keep any escaping seeds from falling off as it dries.
- Leave to dry for a couple of days for them to dry and then ‘plant’ them in an area in need of brightening up.
We planted some on our favourite river walk, near woodland, and we put one in a pot at the front door so the kids can see the seedlings coming up close at hand.
So,What is a bulb?
Some plants grow from bulbs.
Bulbs are simply large seeds that contain a complete store of food to help each seed grow and develop into a seedling capable of making its own food from the sun. Kinda like a packed lunch.
There are many different types of seeds and bulbs; corms, rhizomes and tubes are also forms of seeds with food storage to help the growing plant inside develop correctly.
To teach kids how plants grow is to teach them about life cycles and the seasons and give them a wonderful connection to the rhythms of nature.
Whether its edible or floral seeds and bulbs like garlic, onions, tulip bulbs or crocus bulbs or pumpkin, poppy, marigold. There is a lot to learn so why not try…
- Help your kids plant their own garden? Whether its an edible space or strictly full of pretty flower your kids will love their own space.
- Teach kids about planting bulbs by planting with different sized bulbs
- Cut them open and allow kids to see their insides. Try bulbs like Tulips, daffodils, , hyacinths, onions, garlic, or alliums are good choices for beginners. You can find bulbs for sale online or in your local garden centre.
- Its important to discuss the different types of seeds and bulbs and the way they grow. Each group of plants has different growing habits and requirements.
- Look at how the seasons affect the plant choices you make. There are seeds, bulbs and plants suitable for every colour, season and enviroment.
Be adventurous and creative with seeds and bulbs, try out something different today, your kids will love learning a new skill and engaging their imagination and you’ll be amazed when your chosen seens or bulbs begin to flourish next year.
For some other Autumn activities to try check out these Kids Garden Activities For Autumn.