Home Grown Idea
Here are some other things to do with your family or friends
while learning about plants:
Take a walk around the neighborhood and look for plants
and their parts.
Have a tasting party. Sample raw or cooked root vegetables
such as carrots, beets, turnips, rutabagas, or radishes.
Plant the tops of root vegetables. Cut off the root
vegetable at its fattest end. Leave about 1/2 inch of
the vegetable. Place it on a water-filled saucer until
it begins to sprout. When it sprouts, place it in soil.
The best vegetables to sprout are those that have a
part of the stalk at the top like a carrot. It is best
to try more than one top at a time as not all of them
Take a family walk around the neighborhood. Collect
samples of many different types of leaves. Make a collection
of the leaves that you find. Dry the leaves between
sheets of newspaper. Put a heavy book on top and leave
them for a week or more. Tape the leaves to sheets of
construction paper or iron the leaves between sheets
of wax paper. (Before using an iron, ask an adult to
help you!) Then look at the different shapes of the
leaves. Look at the midrib and at the veins. Count how
many parts each leaf has. Find out what this plant is.
Congratulations! You've solved Case #1. Now go on to Case
#2: Soiled Again!