Make & Take Lessons – Farming in a Glove
Grow four different types of seeds in a glove!
- Ask youth, “What do you think happens when a seed gets planted in the ground?”
- Expected responses: grows, needs to be watered, turns into a plant, etc.
- Reply with the explanation that seeds need to be planted, watered, and given sunlight to grow. When a seed is planted it absorbs water, the seed coat breaks open, and a small plant emerges. In this activity, youth will create their own farm to watch as the seeds grow.
- Write the youth’s name on the thumb of the glove in permanent marker.
- Write the name of each seed that will be planted on each finger of the glove with the marker.
- Carefully dip a cotton ball in water and squeeze the excess water out of the cotton ball. Repeat this step for four cotton balls.
- Place a wet cotton ball in each of the four fingers of the glove.
- Carefully place one of each type of seed (three if you’re using wheat seeds) in the correct labeled finger.
- Tie the top of the glove with the piece of yarn to keep the moisture inside the glove. (Blowing air into the glove is not necessary.)
- Encourage youth to hang the glove in a window to watch the seeds grow.
Make a Connection to Agriculture
Plants are a part of our everyday life! From the food we eat to the clothes we wear, to the cars we drive; we can give credit to plants! Plants that are grown for human use are called crops. The seeds we planted today are crops. Farmers work to provide crops for us!
- Clear plastic glove
- Black permanent marker
- Yarn, roughly 6” long
- 4 Cotton Balls
- Small cup of water
- 4 different kinds of seeds (we suggest: corn, soybeans, wheat, and dry edible beans!)
Different types of seeds can be used to have a garden focus! Try carrots, lettuce, onions, radish, or herbs.