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What do Plants Need to Grow?

Plants are fascinating! But what do they need to grow?  With this Garden themed science activity, your child will discover the answer!

Materials Needed

What do Plants Need to Grow?

Image by Markus Spiske

Difficulty Level: Easy

Time Needed: 5 Minutes * 7ish days

Best done: Indoors/Outdoors

Mess Level: Medium

Materials Needed

  • Small plant (in a pot with soil)

  • Water

  • Somwhere with sunlight and without

  • Observation Page (optional)

Time to Experiment!

  • For this activity your child(ren) will observe what a plant needs by experimenting with taking things away. 

  • Place plants in the following locations and observe them during the week.

    • Sunlight with water

    • Sunlight without water

    • No sunlight with water

    • No sunllight without water

  • Which plant looks the best at the end of the week? Which one looks the worst?

  • Optional extensions: 

    • Try removing soil​

    • Plant some outside and see how they compare

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Seed Planting and Observation

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