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Egg Carton Nursery

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    Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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Egg Carton Nursery

In this activity, young learners will make their own flower seed nursery in an egg carton. After planting their seeds and tending to their nursery daily for about a week, learners should begin to see plant stems poke out of the soil. Through this hands-on activity, learners explore the concepts of seed germination, photosynthesis, and bee's role in pollination. Activity includes a "what's happening," "vocabulary," and "tips" section to explain scientific content and important safety information.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 4 weeks

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Egg carton (preferably paper type, not Styrofoam)
  • Pencil
  • Potting soil
  • Plate or tray
  • Bowl
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Seeds (bees especially like flowers including alyssum, geraniums, poppies, aster, lavender and black-eyed Susan)
  • Coffee grounds (optional)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Biosphere
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
    • Ecology

Informal Categories

  • Gardening
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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