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Growing Plants

In this "Sid the Science Kid" activity from Episode 107: My Shrinking Shoes, learners observe how plants change as they grow. Learners examine the effects of growth by measuring and recording changes in plants over days and weeks. They'll also learn about how to care for plants. This activity includes a "Sid the Science Kid" video showing how to conduct the investigation. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 4 weeks

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

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


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Seeds, beans usually work well
  • Potting soil
  • Cups or other small containers to plant the seeds
  • Plain wooden stick (a paint stirrer is perfect), a piece of sturdy cardboard, or a ruler to measure plants as they grow


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
    • Measurement
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Gardening
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, The Jim Henson Company, ©2008

Funding Sources:

  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Vinci
  • MetLife
  • The RoseHills Foundation
  • S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
  • John W. Carson Foundation
  • The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations


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