Earth Day Egg Carton Garden March 13 2010
Your students will love creating their own egg carton gardens. This easy and fun project is a great way to introduce the plant life cycle. After the seedlings sprout, send the sprouting gardens home or plant your own classroom garden outside!
1. Herb Garden - basil, chives, mint, parsley, rosemary and sage.
Explain how herbs are used to season food. If possible, allow the students to smell a small sprig of each herb. Rosemary is especially fragrant. At the same time explain that students should not eat plants without checking with their parent or teacher first. If you have mint, give each student a piece of mint to taste.
2. Fruit & Vegetable Garden- carrots, celery, lettuce, tomatoes and strawberries.
Planting each one of these makes a great salad! If you plant the garden at school, students can eat the salad for a healthy snack. Watching the strawberry grow is very helpful, because the center, yellow part of the flower becomes the strawberry. Watching this flower to fruit transformation is very educational and fun for the students. The carrots grow under ground (as the roots), which is also amazing to the students as you pull it out of the ground! Don't forget to explain that tomatoes are really a fruit, not a vegetable.
- 6 pack egg carton (12 pack cut in half)
- seeds (herbs or vegetables)
- water in a spray bottle
- plastic grocery bag
- pencil or toothpick
- small spoon
- Popsicle sticks (6 per child)
- plastic bugs or butterflies (optional)
- Follow the instructions on the seed packets. Do any seeds need soaking? If so, prepare the seeds ahead of time.
- Use a pencil or toothpicks to poke 5 or 6 holes at the bottom of each cell of the clean egg carton. It may be easier to hold the egg carton on the carpet and push the holes through that way.
- Detach the lid of the carton and cover it with the plastic grocery bag. Now put in underneath the egg cells. This will keep water contained.
- Using the marker, write the name of each seed on the Popsicle sticks.
- Using a small spoon, scoop the soil into the cells, filling about half way.
- Sprinkle the seeds into each cell.
- Sprinkle a small amount of soil over the seeds. Refer to the seed packet for the exact amount.
- Push the Popsicle stick in the soil next to the seeds.
- Glue bugs (butterflies) in between the cells or on the side of the egg carton. Be sure to keep the glue out of the soil. (optional)
- Use the spray bottle to water the plants.
- Place the egg carton garden near a window in the sunlight.
- Teacher assigns a student to water the plants each day, or have each student water his/her own.
- After the gardens begin to sprout send them home to plant outside or plant the sprouts in the school's garden.