This spring, celebrate new life and growing things with the egg shell garden science activity for kids! Your kids will love growing these tiny gardens.
Earth Day is all about celebrating and taking care of our world. For this year’s Earth Day, I wanted my kids to think about how they can recycle other materials and use them in a new way to avoid having to buy new supplies for every project. The kids decided they wanted to plant mini gardens inside egg shells. The egg shell garden science activity is the perfect way to view nature, seed science, and growing all up close and on a miniature scale. Plus, the little egg shell gardens look adorable!
Making Egg Shell Gardens
Follow our directions to make your own mini studies for egg shell garden science.
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What you’ll need to make egg shell gardens:
- Egg shells
- Grass seeds (or other seeds of small plants)
- Soil (potting soil, or you can use dirt from your yard)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Wax paper
- Magnifying glass
The first step is to remove the egg from the shell. We cracked open the skinny end of the egg and made scrambled eggs out of the centers. We rinsed and dried the egg shells.
Egg shells are round, so they won’t stand up on their own unless you give them a stand. We made a stand by placing a glob of hot glue onto a piece of wax paper. Next, we stuck the egg shell into the glob of glue before it was dry. When the glue dried, we peeled the egg (carefully) off of the wax paper and it would stand on its own.
Put dirt inside the eggs and sprinkle with seeds. Dampen the seeds and place in a sunny spot (or in different spots if you are comparing growing conditions).
Wait for seeds to sprout. You should start to see sprouts within a week.
After a few weeks, your spouts will be growing nicely. Examine them with a magnifying glass. Look at the sprouts and the roots and compare textures and discuss why plants have these parts and what they use them for.
Egg Shell Garden Science
Seeds will grow differently in various conditions. Try placing one egg shell in full sun, one in partial sun, one indoors, and one in the dark. Which seeds grow best? What seeds have trouble growing? You can also find out which seeds grow best inside an egg shell, or compare different soil types. Use a magnifying glass to examine the seed sprouts up close. What do you notice about them?
Complete an Earth Day Unit Study!
Use these resources to build a complete earth day unit study.
Inspiring Earth Day Reading List for Children by Crafty Mama in ME
Earth Day Inspired Tissue Paper & Water Transfer Art by Play Dough & Popsicles
Book Inspired Bird Activity by Bambini Travel
Earth Day Literacy Activities by Books and Giggles
Environmental Books for Kids by The Jenny Evolution
Earth Science Crafts for Kids byThe Usual Mayhem
Earth Day Activity by The Moments at Home
Earth Day Worksheet by Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading
Earth Day Activities for Teens by FrogMom