Toddler Approved virtual bookclub pick for this month is The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. Sassyfras and Juiciness really enjoyed this simple book. They have been very active in our gardening this year, so I think it hit their interests.
I asked the kids if they thought the boy's carrot seed would grow and they excitedly said, "Yes"! However, when the green of the carrot was shown on one of the pages I asked them, "Where is the orange part of the carrot?" Sassyfras and Juiciness didn't know! Little J has grown carrots before, so he knew, but I never thought about the other two not realizing where the rest of the carrot was.
I decided that we should plant some carrot seeds and see for ourselves. I thought planting them so we could see the roots would be a fun way to do it. I'm sure the carrot will be small, but at least we can see it growing. We made our version of a root viewer. It was quite a bit cheaper than the ones I was seeing online.
clear juice glasses
seed starting pellets
Each of the kids planted their own glass. They started by adding 4 soil pellets and pouring water over them until they were fully expanded.
I think they enjoyed watching the soil pellets "pop" open just as much as planting their seeds!
Once the soil pellets expanded they used a spoon to spread the dirt around and make a smooth surface for their seeds.
They added about 5 seeds to their glass. They know that if all the seeds start to sprout that we will need to thin them to one or two plants. Our seed packet tells us that we should see them sprout in about 2 weeks. Until then, we have them in a nice spot outside and the kids are watering their plants as needed.
Linking to: For the Kids Friday, Toddler Approved, It's Playtime!, TGIF!, The Kids Co-Op, The Sunday Showcase