Here is a new twist on planting seeds. Students make a “living necklace” they can wear home or display in various places around the classroom. It is ideal for kicking off a plant unit or introducing the stages of plant growth and development.
Dip cotton ball in water and gently squeeze out the excess moisture so it is not dripping. Flatten it like a pancake or tortilla.
Place the bean seed in the middle of the damp cotton ball and wrap the cotton around the bean seed.
Place the seed and cotton ball in the jewelry bag and seal tight.
Thread a piece of yarn through the hole at the top of the bag, and tie the ends to make the necklace.
Each student may wear their “living necklace” home or keep them in their classroom for observation.
The seed will sprout in three to five days.
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