Creating a mini-greenhouse in preschool

Creating a mini-greenhouse in preschool

Our class had the opportunity to take a class fieldtrip to a beautiful greenhouse, compliments of one of our parents, and it was an eye opening experience to see what all is involved in caring for and nurturing such a massive amount of plant life. In lieu of our greenhouse trip, we made a mini-greenhouse in preschool…

Make a mini-greenhouse by Teach Preschool

Before heading off on our fieldtrip, I wanted to get the kids thinking and talking about a plants. I brought a simple plant that I pulled out of one of my own planters at home and dropped it into a baggie with some water.  As the children passed the plant around the circle, we talked about the leaf, stem, and roots…

Creating a mini-greenhouse by Teach Preschool

One of our students knows all about greenhouses because his grandpa owns the greenhouse we went and visited. So while the children passed around the plant, I asked him to share with the class what a greenhouse is. His answer – “It is a big building where you grow plants.”  With that insightful explanation, we were now ready to make our own greenhouses. In our case, we were going to grow a bean in our greenhouse…

Creating a mini-greenhouse by Teach Preschool

To plant the bean, the children used the droppers to get their paper towels wet with water…

Creating a mini-greenhouse by Teach Preschool

Then they folded up or rolled up the wet paper towel and placed it in the bottom of a baggie…

Creating a mini-greenhouse by Teach Preschool

And finally they counted out at least four beans and dropped them in the baggie on top of the wet paper towel then sealed the bag shut. By the way, I had soaked the beans in water overnight to give them a little head start on the sprouting process…

Creating a mini-greenhouse by Teach Preschool

Once the children had their beans planted in their baggies, they were ready to make their greenhouses. Some of the children made their greenhouse first then planted their beans in a baggie. To make the greenhouse, the children didn’t do much because I prepared the cutout of the greenhouse ahead of time. Yes, I know – this part of the process was not that interesting but I will go ahead and tell you all about it anyway and we can all pretend that this was the most exciting idea you could imagine…

Create a mini-greenhouse by Teach Preschool

The children’s job was to take one of my paper rulers and add numbers along one side of the greenhouse. This is so we can keep track of the growth of our plant as it gets taller in our greenhouse…

Create a mini-greenhouse by Teach Preschool

Then they were to write their name on the greenhouse and had the option to decorate the remaining edges of their greenhouse with other drawings if they wished…

Create a mini-greenhouse by Teach Preschool

And the final step was to put it all together. The children taped their bean in a baggie inside the greenhouse…

Create a mini-greenhouse by Teach Preschool

And then we hung them up in our window to watch the beans grow…

Create a mini-greenhouse by Teach Preschool

We are only on day two of our mini-green house planting and already we are starting to see a tiny bit of growth. The children noticed it right away…

Create a mini-greenhouse by Teach Preschool

Super excited to see whether or not our beans sprout up so we can talk about our measurements along the way!

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  • Maureen Posted April 18, 2013 12:52 am

    Really like the idea of having the measuring chart on the side. I may have to incorporate that somehow. Thanks

  • Mel Posted April 18, 2013 7:33 am

    What a wonderful idea, especially here in Oz when it is winter so harder to get outside in the cold for real gardening! What kind of bean do you use? Thanks!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 18, 2013 7:34 am

    Hi Mel,
    We used a pinto bean but pretty much any type of bean will do!

  • Veens Posted April 18, 2013 7:42 am

    Just one question (because we have never done this before) – do we have to keep the paper towels moist? And if so, how did you do it?

    Sorry if that is a silly question 🙂

  • Eddie – The Usual Mayhem Posted April 18, 2013 8:23 am

    I love the idea of having the baggie in a frame with the measurements right beside it!

  • Shay Posted April 18, 2013 2:49 pm

    Hi Deborah, can i tell you how much of an inspiration you are to me? I subscribed and get your daily post and i wake up each morning to see what you have done. You made me look beyond the story in books and think harder about how to make the book come alive and more meaningful to my class. I appreciate everything you have done and continue to do. I enjoy your posts and you make me try to be a better teacher. My children enjoy the activities i share with them. Thanks for the exposure to higher, and better learning. I feel like my class have learned so much more. Thanks a million!

  • School Sparks Renee Posted April 18, 2013 8:32 pm

    Deborah, I love this idea! So cute – using green construction paper for the “greenhouse!” They look great hanging in front of the window. What fabulous learning in so many areas. Your little guys have grown up a lot this year! Thanks for the ideas and the pictures, Renee

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 18, 2013 10:33 pm

    They are so big now!! I am amazed when I look at photos from the beginning of the year to now!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 18, 2013 10:45 pm

    Thank you so much for that super sweet comment Shay! It means all the world to me to know others are finding value in the things I share from my classroom.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 18, 2013 10:55 pm

    Not a silly question at all. Be sure to get the paper towels very wet, but not ringing wet, before putting them in the baggie and seal the baggie up tight. If you put the baggies in a place where there is too much sun, you will most likely need to open and add a little water from time to time but if it is a sunny but cooler place, you should be okay.

    I have also used cotton balls instead of paper towels which work very well. See this post:

  • Sandra Posted April 20, 2013 6:52 pm

    Love this! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful ideas.

  • Mel M Posted April 26, 2013 9:25 pm

    My kids want to transplant the beans to a pot of soil. Will this work? Should we wait until they are a certain height before planting in the soil? Thank you!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 27, 2013 1:21 am

    Hi Mel,
    I would think they will be able to transplant but I wouldn’t wait too long. When they get about 2 to 3 inches tall – you might want to go ahead and try. I have to tell you though that I am the worst person to ask when it comes to taking care of plants. If you have a parent that loves planting and gardening – check with that parent:)

  • janice lasater Posted March 26, 2017 4:36 pm

    I can’t wait to do this activity with my pre-school class! I think they will love doing this. Thank you for sharing.

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