Planting for mother’s day

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on April 7, 2012

in Mother's Day, Planting flowers for Mom

In an effort to try and grow a plant as part of our mother’s day tea party coming in May, the children have each planted a flower seed in our gardening center…

The children started by decorating their flower pots with foam stickers…

Our flower pots are actually lids saved from laundry or spray starch cans. I washed all the lids in the washing machine then set them out for the children to use…

The children filled up their flower pots (lids) with dirt then they each added a couple of marigold seeds into the dirt…

And then the children used a spray bottle to water their seeds…

I have no idea if our flowers will grow since I do not have a green thumb but it will be fun to see what happens over the next month…

Each new day at preschool, the children stop by and water the seeds some more…

And of course, they look to see if there are any signs of growth. By the third day after planting, the children were able to see a few sprouts shooting up….

I am quite certain that one of the sprouts shooting up is actually a bean plant because it is quite larger than all the other plants in the flower pots…

Perhaps our flowers will grow and bloom and perhaps they won’t quite work out as we hope but in any case, the children are deeply interested in the plant growth process. There is always someone looking all the plants over and adding just one more drink of water in case the plants need a little more…

We have been on spring break this week, so it has been my job to take care of the plants – so much pressure! I keep forgetting to give them water so hopefully they will survive until the children get back.  If not, we will just start all over again – this is one reason we started a little early…

Have you planted flower seeds before in a small pot like this? If so, I would love to hear what type of seeds worked well for you…

A few photos of our outdoor gardening center are below…

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