Glove Gardens

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In this activity, learners create a garden in a disposable glove. They learn about the conditions necessary to make the seeds sprout and actively participate in caring for their plants. Learners sign a "Glove Garden Owner's Agreement" (included in PDF) outlining what they must do to care for their gardens. Learners also make predictions about how fast and tall their plants will grow and then measure and record the results. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 4 weeks

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Disposable plastic gloves (commonly used for food preparation)
  • Sticker dots or small labels
  • Cotton balls
  • 5 kinds of seeds
  • Water droppers
  • Water
  • Prototypes at different stages of growth prepared by educator (optional)
  • Ownership Agreement (page 3 of PDF)
  • Pens or pencils


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
    • Ecology
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Gardening
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



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