Spring has sprung (finally!) so it is the perfect time to plant something and watch it grow! In this spring science experiment you will make your own plant pot with a viewing window so you can watch the roots grow.
You will need:
- An empty juice carton
- Duct tape
- Seeds – your choice! Eg. carrots.
- Clear plastic eg from a plastic wallet or something stronger
- Wash out the juice carton.
- Cut off the top, down the sides (on one side) and across the bottom so there is 1 inch left around the edge. *May require adult to help*
- Measure and cut the plastic to size, including the 1 extra inch to stick to the carton!
- Put superglue around the edge of the “window” on the carton and stick the plastic down. *May require adult to help*
- Place duct tape over the edge of the plastic to ensure it is water-tight.
- Add soil until it is nearly at the top of the carton.
- Plant your seed 1/2 an inch away from the window.
- Water your plant.
- Place the top of the carton back on for a 1-2 weeks – most plants germinate better in the dark!
- Check the soil to ensure it stays moist.
- Watch the roots grow!
- Why not add a ‘window’ on both sides?
- Don’t stop at one, make more and plant lots of different things! Do the roots look different?
- Why not decorate the carton?
Many thanks to Brainstorm in Bloom for this spring science experiment!