Garden in a Glove is a fun way to play with STEM and introduce your kids to all the fun science hiding in your garden! You don’t even need a green thumb!
Mitch and I love doing science experiments together! So far we’ve blogged about Squishy Circuits and Rainbow Milk, but I’m hoping to get even more of our experiments photographed and on the blog. Monsanto is helping us out by providing fun Science Camp experiments for us to share with our readers, so look forward to tons of STEM fun this summer! All the experiments can be done with common household objects, so you can do the experiments too!
Psst: STEM is Science/Technology/Engineering/Math. But you knew that, right?
Garden in a Glove
Have you ever wanted to watch a seed grow? Well, here’s a great way to do it!
You will need:
- 5 Types of Garden Seeds (beans, carrots, tomatoes…)
- 1 Food Service Glove (clear plastic)
- 10 Cotton Balls
- 1 pipe cleaner or twisty tie
- Permanent Marker
To continue the experiment once the seeds sprout, you’ll want some Garden Soil and Biodegradable planters.
Step 1: Label the Glove! You will plant a different seed in each finger/thumb of the glove. This will help your kid scientist identify each plant as it grows.
2) Wet five cotton balls with the water, squeeze out the extra water, then place them in the fingers/thumb of the glove.
3) Place 3 or 4 seeds of each plant in the labeled finger. You might need a parent to help with this part!
4) Wet and squeeze five more cotton balls, and place them on top of each group of seeds. The seeds should be sandwiched between cotton balls. Use the marker to help push things in place if you need help.
5) Blow air into the glove, then tie off with the pipe cleaner or twisty tie.
6) Hang in a sunny window and wait! We taped our to the glass. In 3 or 4 days you should start to see some plant action.
Want to learn more? Here’s a Monsanto scientist to show you how the experiment is done, the science behind seed growth and some fun variations you can add to your experiment!