4‑H at Home: Gardening & Plant Science

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It’s harvesting season! Now is a perfect time to teach kids about gardening and plant science, explored in this week’s collection of 4‑H at Home activities. Visit the links to learn more about the activity, and don’t forget, check back every Monday for new ideas and hands-on learning resources for kids of all ages.

4‑H Gardening Camp

Recommended Age: Grades 3-5

Courtesy of Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma 4‑H

Follow along with these videos and handouts to learn about plant science and gardening with fun activities that include germinating seeds, learning about photosynthesis and soil health, starting your own container garden, and more!

Visit Gardening Camp at home

Parts of a Plant

Recommended Age: Grades Pre-K-5

Courtesy of Purdue University, Indiana 4‑H 

Explore plant science by watching a video on the different parts of a plant!

Plant Anatomy 101

Self-Watering Planter

Recommended Age: Grades 3-12

Courtesy of New Mexico State University, New Mexico 4‑H

Watch this video to learn how to make a self-watering planter using a 2-liter bottle and a piece of cotton rope!

Make your planter

Gardening to Give

Recommended Age: Grades Pre-K-12

Courtesy of Iowa State University, Iowa 4‑H

Feed your club and community with weekly, hands-on activities focused on gardening and growing plants.

Give the gift of gardening

Bean in a Bottle

Recommended Age: Grades 3-5

Courtesy of Bayer & 2018 Youth in Action Agriculture Pillar Winner, Serena Woodard

Through this 4‑H STEM Lab activity, kids will learn about the life cycle of a plant and discover what their plant needs to survive. They will also learn about innovative gardens that don’t require going outside. This activity showcases how agriculture and science go hand-in-hand.

Watch your bean grow

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4-H at Home

4-H at Home provides hands-on, educational activities for kids and teens to do while they're home from school during COVID-19. Get our latest 4-H at Home Activity Guide, activities from 4-H Land-Grant Universities, and more.

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