Talking Science with Kids – Germination (Plant Life)

Science can be told as a story to children. Science is not formulas and definitions as we come to know of it in high school. Science is the sum total of the nature and environment around us.As small children we like stories and children should be told about the world around them as stories and they would just love it. This is a series which would help you to talk Science with your kids.

The Growth Of A Seed

Nature is wakening up. The short sharp winter is over. Birds begin to build their nest; young buds unfold on the trees; little brown seeds have spent the short winter covered with a warm blanket of soil.

A little seed has three good friends which help to grow. The sun which brings it warmth, the Rain which brings moisture and Air which all living things require. When the little seed is helped by its friends it swells so much that it bursts its brown jacket or Testa.

We call this growth a big name, GERMINATION. It only means the growth of a plant from a tiny germ within the seed. 

A small white shoot grows out and begins to push its way down into the soil, away from light. This is the first root which will feed the young plant and hold it firmly in place. Another tiny shoot begins to grow. This shoot pushes its way up through the soil to reach the light.

Until the root is strong enough to get food for the little plant, it feeds on the store of food in the seed below.

Leaves begin to appear on the shoot which grows above the soil. At first they are white and pale but as they begin to use the sunlight for making food, they become a rich green colour. By this time the root has grown strong enough and feeds the little plant with food that it takes from the water in the soil.

The plant grows taller and stronger. Soon flowers will appear and from the flowers fruit will grow. The fruit holds the seeds which will once again lie in the soil and wait for the rain and the sun to help them to grow.

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4 Responses to “Talking Science with Kids – Germination (Plant Life)”
  1. RAJEEV BHARGAVA Says...

    On October 6, 2010 at 10:02 am

    this is a beautiful and very intellectual article, subadhra, on talking science with kid. i enjoyed it all immensely. thanks very much for creating and sharing. :)


  2. dak Says...

    On October 6, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Great article , thank you.


  3. Noeal V Says...

    On October 6, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Nice Share.


  4. cherryflower70 Says...

    On October 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    U made my teaching easier to my kid! Thanx my friend.


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