Sprouting Birdseed

Welcome to the Saturday Science Blog Hop & Link Up co-hosted by Little Bins for Little HandsP is for PreschoolerLemon Lime AdventuresSuzy HomeschoolerThe Joys of Boys, The Usual Mayhem and yours truly!

I am excited to get back to blogging about our science experiments and learning activities after taking aaffiliate-links-2 little break to move into our new house and get settled. Summertime if a wonderful time to explore science, the season has so much to offer. We are starting our summer off exploring seeds and how they grow into plants. For this first experiment we attempted to sprout birdseed. This experiment can be found in the book Science is Simple by Peggy Ashbrook.

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To do this experiment all you need is some mixed birdseed (ours was left by the previous owners of our new house- so nice), a paper towel, a plastic baggie and some tape to stick the baggie to a window.

I let Caden do as much of this experiment without help as possible. The first step is to get some water on the paper towel so it is damp.


Then you need to take a small spoonful of birdseed, dump it onto the damp paper towel, place it in the plastic baggie.


Tape the baggie to a window that does not get direct sunlight. Too much sun will cause mold to grow in your baggie.


A few days later after I had noticed some seeds had started to sprout we took the baggie down off the window and opened it up to get a better look at what was happening inside the damp paper towel.


Even though this window does not get direct sunlight and it was cloudy most of last week, a little bit of mold grew inside the damp paper towel.  Yuck! But it was neat to see that some of the seeds had sprouted. I honestly wasn’t sure this experiment was going to work because I had no idea how old those seeds were.


After Caden looked at the sprouting seeds and was thoroughly disgusted by the mold, I took one sprout out and cleaned it up so we could get a better look at how the seed sprouted.


I put it back in the plastic baggie with a fresh damp paper towel. The next day I set up the table with a simple invitation for Caden to draw the seed sprout.


I was pleasantly surprised that Caden was interested in this activity the next morning. He immediately took out the black marker and then drew a circle, followed by some black dots (the mold perhaps?). Then he proceeded to scribble all over his drawing… that was the end of that! Good thing I snapped some pictures!


And now it’s time for the Saturday Science Blog Hop & Link Up!

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3 thoughts on “Sprouting Birdseed”

  1. I always forget that bird seeds are, well, seeds! lol! This sounds like a fun and simple experiment!

  2. Jill says:

    I love that you made a really cool and educational experiment with your son without spending any money!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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