We had so much fun learning about Day 3 of God’s Creation! Here is the text to read with your child today:
“And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.” -Genesis 1: 9-13
As my brilliant-theologian-of-a-cousin brought to my attention, each new day of creation is dependent on the prior days of creation. Flowers, plants, and trees can’t grow without light (day 1), water (day 2), and air (day 2). Even on the third day, God had to create dry ground for the plants to grow before he created the plants. Days 1-3 are creating the environment for the rest of God’s creation! Big Brother and I enjoyed talking about how God had already created all the things the plants needed to grow!
Not only is today’s topic beneficial for studying God’s word, it is also a great science lesson as well! All seeds/plants need 3 things to survive: sunlight, water, and air!
For today’s activity, we planted seeds. But not in a pot, we planted them in a special way…using a baseball card sleeve. This idea isn’t original to me, it is from the March 2011 issue of Family Fun Magazine.
Here’s what you’ll need: potting soil (we didn’t have any so I used some soil from a whole in our yard), seeds (we used tomato seeds because that is what I had, but it would be best to use seeds that are faster-germinating, like peas or scarlett runner beans), trading card sleeve (hole-punched if necessary), suction cups with hooks, spoon, a straw (or toothpick), and a medicine syringe.
1. Use a spoon (or small shovel) to put the soil into the baseball card sleeve.
2. Put the suction cup hooks through the holes.
3. Hang on a window.
4. Place a straw in the center of one of the sleeve inserts.
5. Let your child carefully place the seeds into the straw. Tap the straw while taking it out to make sure all of the soil (and the seeds) come out before adding seeds to the next compartment.
6. Fill a medicine syringe with water (mine went to 1 tsp).
7. Let your child water each compartment each day (less/more depending on how much water the seed needs).
Enjoy watching the seeds germinate and sprout!You will eventually need to transfer the seeds to a larger pot once they have sprouted.
And it really does work! This picture was taken almost 2 weeks after we planted the seeds!
And here’s a fun song to sing with your little one about seeds: