Garden Seeds

National Garden Month

Activities, Resources, and Ideas to Supplement Nutrition Education and Gardening

There are many ways to tie nutrition education to gardening and agriculture education. Explore fun and engaging ideas on this page!

Grades 3-6

Garden in a Glove

Bring seeds to life, and create a ‘handy’ little garden. Garden in a Glove

Classroom Activity


  • Clear, Polyethylene Glove
  • Cotton Balls (5 per glove)
  • 5 varieties of seeds
  • Water and Spray Bottle
  • Tape
  • Permanent Marker


  1. Moisten 5 cotton balls using a spray bottle.
  2. Put 3-4 seeds of the same type on each cotton ball.
  3. Place the 5 cotton balls inside each of the glove’s fingertips. You may need to use a pencil to get the cotton balls all the way to the tips.
  4. Tape the glove to a sunny window. Keep the top open to allow air inside.
  5. Moisten cotton balls by spraying with water as needed. Seeds germinate in 3-5 days.


  • Seed suggestions: beans, radishes, sunflowers, squash and tomatoes.
  • Record which type of seed was placed in each finger.
  • Watch a time-lapse video of seeds germinating:

Classroom Exercises

English-Language Arts and Science

  • Observe seedlings over the next month. Use a notebook to record observations and growth measurements. Report your findings.
  • Research and write a report about seeds. Give an oral report to your class. Learn about different types and explore the parts of seeds, their functions, growing seasons and germination process.
  • After seeds germinate, cut fingers off glove, remove cotton balls and plant seedlings in a container or in the ground.

Math and Visual Arts

  • Sketch, measure and graph the seedlings as they grow into mature plants. Compare with classmates.
  • Draw a scale model of your seeds and label their parts.

California Standards
CC ELA: W.3-8.2,7; SL.3-5.4; WHST.6-8.7
CC Math: 3-4.MD.4, 6.SP.4, 7.RP.2,7.G.1
Next Generation Science Standards: 3-LS1-1,4-LS1-1, 5-LS1-1
Visual Arts Content 5.0: Grades 3-8

Grades 2-5

Desktop Garden Classroom 

Create a tiny garden for your students’ desktop! Add small toys, rocks, labels or marbles to this oasis in a lid.

Classroom Activity


  • Clean lid
  • Paper towel
  • Seeds
  • Aluminum foil or cardstock to block light
  • Water

Preparing your garden plot

  1. Take a clean lid from a peanut butter jar or use a plastic soup-cup lid.
  2. Fit paper towel into lid, covering any tiny holes.
  3. Moisten paper towel with water.
  4. Sprinkle seeds on the area where you want growth to occur.
  5. Cover the lid with a thick piece of cardboard or aluminum foil to block the light and allow seeds to germinate.
  6. Check your garden every day until you see little shoots growing,then remove the cover. Be sure to keep the paper towel damp.
  7. Once the seeds have sprouted, let them grow by regularly watering the desktop garden. Decorate with small cars, rocks, or even marbles.


  • Create an experiment with the desktop gardens. Separate gardens into groups and see how they do with less water or more water, less light or more light. Compare growth of different seeds.

Adapted from The Gardening Book by Jane Bull

Activity provided by:
Agriculture In the Classroom

California Standards Alignment
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
ELA CC: W.2.3, 2.7
ELA CC: W.3.3, 3.7
ELA CC: W.4.3, 4.7
ELA CC: W.5.3, 5.7
Math CC: 2.MD.1, 9
Math CC: 3.MD.4
NGSS: 4-LS1-1
NGSS: 5-LS1-1
NGSS: 2-LS2-1
NGSS: 3-LS1-1

This lesson can be easily adapted to meet the educational standard for a variety of grade levels. 
  • Have students keep a journal of the growth stages of the garden plot.


Fun with Books

Read students a story about food. Here are a few:
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • From Milk to Cheese by Roberta Basel
  • From Tomato to Ketchup by Roberta Basel
  • The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibons
  • A Seed in Need by San Godwin

Visit our longer list of books about food and nutrition here.