Watch Me Grow!

Watch Me Grow!

The Nature Friends program is for 4- or 5-year old children with an adult. Maximum group size if 20 child-adult teams. Programs are outside unless weather does not permit.


The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller or
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle


“Why does a plant make flowers? Where can we find seeds? How do some seeds travel? What does a seed need to grow?”

Activity: Maple Seed Mix-Up

This activity demonstrates the need for sunshine, soil, water, warm weather and a seed to make a plant grow. See Ranger Rick’s Nature Scope Trees are Terrific from National Wildlife Federation for game procedures.


Planting wildflower seeds to take home:

  1. Fill small plastic container with fertile soil.
  2. Pass out a variety of wildflower seeds for each child to plant.
  3. Water the newly planted seeds.
  4. Let child take home planter
  5. Report back on the plants progress at the next program. Snack: Eating seeds, peanuts and sunflower seed snacks
Activity provided by:

Polk County Conservation Board
Lori Foresman-Kirpes
Nature Friends is funded by Polk County Conservation Board, West Des Moines Park and Recreation, and the Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League.

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_ 1-2
_ 2-3
_ 3-4
✓ 4-5
_ 5-6

Category: Adult-Child

1 hour


Iowa Early Learning Standards:
8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 9.4, 10.4, 11.1, 11.2, 12.4, 12.5, 13.1, 14.3

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