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The Magic of Plants

Have you ever had the time to watch a seed complete its lifecycle?

This is the ideal time to get involved in one of natures wonders that is the plants life cycle.

An easy experiment to try at home, to give you the chance to study closely a seed starting to shoot.

You will need:

  • 1 see through bag, (zip lock, food bag any type as long as the light can get through.)
  • Sellotape or masking tape
  • 6 cotton wool balls
  •  6 seeds, (beans, sunflower, seeds from tomatoes, pepper, butternut squash, pumpkin or, as this is an experiment, any seed you wish to try.)


  • Soak the cotton wool then squeeze out excess water.
  • Put cotton wool in the bottom of see through bag.
  • Place one seed on each piece of cotton wool.
  • Close the bag
  • Using the tape, secure bag onto a window
  • Watch and enjoy
  •  Can you record your experiment?   GOOD LUCK

What are the stages of a plant’s life cycle? – BBC Bitesize

Activity Ideas

  • Design your own life cycle poster.
  • Find a flower and study it carefully. Can you label all the parts?
  • If you could design your own plant, what would it look like?
  • Make a picture using available foliage and plants/flowers.
  • Create a collage.
  • Leaf rubbing