Balloon spring gardens

Yesterday we made some balloon spring gardens, which is one of the experiments in our Just for Kids pages on the Saskatchewan Science Centre website.

It was fun! And messy!

We learned that it’s very hard to get 1/2 cup of dirt plus 1/4 cup of water into a balloon. It required a lot of teamwork!

Teamwork

We had quite a bit of fun trying to figure out the best way to get the dirt in the balloon. The directions required a funnel, but the only one we had didn’t work with the sticky dirt that we had. So, we made our own funnel out of an old film canister that we found:

Home made funnel

After you add dirt, water, and seeds you have to blow up the balloon. This was really scary! We didn’t want to get too dirty. But, some did anyway:

Messy!

There was a lot of debate on whether there was going to be the right mix of air inside of the balloons, and the right mix of dirt and water. Will our gardens grow? We also tried two different kinds of seeds: radish seeds and some mixed wild flower seeds. I’m curious to know if both will sprout. Some also wondered if the colour of balloon was going to matter. As you can see, we tried out a bunch of different colours:

Our gardens

Here is a photo of some of us making our balloons. This is Lori, Keir, Clinton, Jennifer, and Julie in the background making balloons. I’m in front!

Making balloon gardens

I’m going to keep watch over our gardens and let you know if they work. You can look at some more photos of us making our gardens over on our Flickr page, and that’s where I’ll put updated photos as well. I’ll post here too, so check back.

If you want to make your own balloon spring garden, take a look at the directions, and let me know how it goes.

Stay curious,
Collette

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