Teaching children how nature works is something that can be done as early as kindergarten. One way to show kids how life is created is to sprout seeds in the classroom. Not all seeds are easy to sprout, so it is best to use large, fast-sprouting seeds such as the seeds of sunflowers, beans, pumpkins or squash. If there is a garden area prepared near the classroom, such as outside a window, where the kids can see the plants grow, the plants can be eventually planted outside. Otherwise, the plants can be sent home with the child to grow in a larger container, or in the home garden.
Spread out old newspaper over the work area, because the potting soil and seed sprouting project can make a mess.
Give each child a cup for her seed experiment. The cups do not have to be very large, and in fact can be quite small, but they need to be waterproof. The container will be used to sprout the seeds, not grow the plants to full maturity. You can also use 1/2-pint milk cartons with the tops cut off, if they are available. Do not punch holes in the bottom of the containers.
Place the bag of potting soil in a way that is easily accessible to the children. Allow each child to use a spoon or similar utensil to fill the container half-full of potting soil. Because there are different kinds of potting soil with different features, such as fertilizer or moisturizers, you only need to use the most inexpensive for this project.
Allow the children to choose two or three seeds to plant from the same type of seed. Place a picture of the fruit or flower that the seed produces next to the seed so the child can easily make a choice. He needs more than one seed to be sure at least one will germinate, or sprout.
Write the name of the child and the type of seed chosen on the container. Allow the child to place the seed in the container on top of the potting soil and push the seeds into the soil to a depth of 1/2 inch. Dampen the soil with the water mister and keep the soil moist, but not wet, until the seeds sprout. Water every day if needed. Do not pour water into the cup because there is no drainage and the seeds will rot in wet soil. If possible, place containers near a window, but they at least need to be in a warm (65 to 75 degrees F) area. Expect seed germination in about three to five days.