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Grow a Sock Garden
Have you ever walked outside with white socks on? Ask for permission to
walk around outside in your socks! Believe it or not, those socks are going
to make a garden!
What you need:
Pair of old, cotton socks
(preferably white)
Magnifying glass
Crayons or markers
Small flower pot
Potting soil
Water for watering
What you do:
1. Between dandelions,
clover, plants, flowers,
grass, and weeds, most
yards are full of seeds.
They're just not always
apparent to the naked eye.
Put on a pair of socks and
walk around the backyard
to pick up seeds. Walk
through the grass, between
plants, and through the
flowerbeds (but not on the flowers!) Hopefully, your socks will "pick up"
lots of neat items.
2. When you're tired of walking around, carefully remove your socks. Use
your magnifying glass to take a look at what the socks have collected.
Try to guess which seeds you see and predict what might grow. Write
down your answers. Then place the socks in a small flowerpot, add some
potting soil, and water lightly.
3. Over the next days and weeks, spend some time each day looking at the
sock garden to see what grows! Use a notebook as a scientific journal
and record your observations. You can write down short sentences, draw
pictures, or record key words like "taller" or "grass."
Adapted from
Grow a Sock Garden, by Latrenda Knighten