Earth Day Science

Earth Day was last week, you know. In past years, we have planted trees in honor of Earth Day. This year we decided to do a little science experiment and care for one of our more unusual housemates.

Earth Day: Feed the Plant

Lucas and Daddy feed the Venus flytrap plant a tiny bug.

Feed Me! —Venus Fly Trap

It’s tricky work, imitating a bug so that the plant will close its leaf around the meal.

Earth Day Table Setting and Venus Fly Trap Feeding

Our Earth Day dinner table setting, complete with wayside dandelions, and the boys eagerly watching the feeding project.

Earth Day Seed Experiment: Window Seeds

Thanks to Parnasus for this great idea! We have a simple science experiment of window seed germination going. We have three types of seeds (wheat, corn, and pumpkin) in plastic bags filled with moist cotton balls and taped to the sliding glass door.  (I’m bummed about that branding all over our experiment, but oh well.) The seeds are getting several hours of bright morning sunshine each day.

Earth Day Seed Experiment: Wheat

See the tiny wheat berries germinating? One or two have a little leaf already. This photo was taken only two and a half days after we put the seeds into the bags and taped them up! By using cotton balls instead of soil, we can see both the roots and shoots!

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