StemBook: The Tiny Seed

We’re delighted to present another FREE activity from our good friends at StemBook!

StemBook makes it easy for teachers and others involved in STEM education to effectively implement inquiry based learning in the classroom with training videos, lesson plans, online support and STEM resource kits. Add your details here or click here for more information on StemBook.


Have a go at this FREE taster activity – it’s just in time for celebrating Word Environment Day! Teachers can see a full unabridged version (with additional activities) to share with students in the Projects area by searching for “StemBook”. Plus! We would love to see your results! Share them on Twitter with the hashtag #eschoolstinyseed – you could win a prize!

This activity is all about plants! Plants not only provide people with food to eat but also serve other
equally important functions.

For example, plants:

  • Provide shelter for animals
  • Are a source of food for other animals
  • Provide oxygen to maintain the atmosphere and absorb carbon dioxide
  • Produce products such as firewood, medicines, timber, oil, rubbers and so on.

A seed is the beginning of a new plant. Seeds after being dispersed from a flowering plant usually undergo their dormant period often coinciding with winter. They remain dormant until the things they need to grow are available. This process is called germinations. Seeds are all different and require different conditions to germinate and grow properly.

You will need: 

paper towel/cotton wool, seeds (broad bean/peas), sample pots, water, cling film

Put some cotton wool or paper towel in 3-4 containers. Label the containers. Decide what you are going to change in each.

For example: keep pot 1 with no water. Pot 2 with water. Pot with water but in the fridge. Another option is with water but in the dark.

Cover the pots with cling film. Record observations.

The StemBook Egg Drop Challenge can be seen here.

Teachers can access more FREE content to share with students from the Projects area. Search for NSPCC and First News to see more!