Lois Ehlert's book, Planting a Rainbow, has inspired us to plant one, too! Mrs. Riddle, our very smart and very favorite horticulturist, helped us figure out how to do it!
Do you know how? Your very clever pre-k girls had an idea!
How can we plant a rainbow?
With a rainbow seed!
And we'll need dirt!
We practiced with pipe cleaners and talked about the colors of the rainbow.
"If you have a red flower, hold it up!"
"If you have an orange flower, hold it up!"
"If you have a yellow flower, hold it up!"
Senora Chelsoi helped us with the Spanish words for the colors, too!
We traveled to Mrs. Riddle's classroom to plant zinnia seeds in the order of the rainbow! Ask your girls what colors we planted...we made a few changes!
Poetic license! (wink! wink!)
Pieces of our conversation with Mrs. Riddle...
Mrs. Riddle: First we will plant RED zinnias. What shape do you think they will be?
Round! Little flowers! Triangles! Like a star!
Do you think the seeds will be red?
YES!!! They have to be red for red flowers!
They're not red! What in the world?
These seeds are for the orange zinnias. Will they look the same as the red zinnia seeds or different?
They will look different!
I think they'll look the same!
And they WON'T be orange, right?
How do we know these seeds will grow orange flowers?
We will have to wait and watch them grow!
I love talking about plants! My Nana likes to grow flowers!
Blue flowers are hard to grow. They are very rare!
That means they're hard to find!
The "grow light" pretends to be the sunshine. The roots will soak up the water that you pour over them and spray on them and will help the plant start growing.
We will keep a close watch on our little zinnia plants! We will water them on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. AND we will keep a journal of their growth and progress.
When they are ready to go outside, we will plant them on our playground!
Yay! We love to plant flowers! They will "bee" beautiful!