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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Duration: any

Age: toddler, child, parent

Skill for Bub: Muscle Builder, Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun, Mind Builder


Growing vegetables is one way to spark a love of healthy foods. And if you can’t do it outdoors, do it indoors!

Children of all ages love to nurture growing things. You can grow your own indoor garden with common food items, many of which you may have in your refrigerator and pantry. Children are fascinated by watching vegetables sprout – even if they don’t always want to eat them! You can enjoy these easy projects with a minimum of supplies or effort, and have your own garden indoors any time of year.

Carrot Tops

The next time you have carrots for dinner, save the tops. Carrot tops are easy to grow and produce nice foliage.

What You’ll Need:

  • Pie plate
  • Pebbles
  • Carrot tops

What To Do:

  • Fill the pie plate with a layer of pebbles about one inch deep.
  • Cut off the tops of several carrots. Fat, short carrots work the best.
  • Put the carrot tops on the pebbles, cut side down.
  • Add enough water to cover the bottoms of the vegetables. The carrots should not be completely covered with water.
  • Use the pebbles to prop up your carrot tops and to keep them arranged the way you want.
  • Place the pie plate out of direct sunlight.
  • Check the water level daily. If your carrots begin to shrivel, there may not be enough water in the pie plate and they will not sprout.
  • Sprouts should appear in about a week and there will be new growth every day.
  • The carrots may continue to sprout for about a month. Beets, radishes and turnips also can be grown this way. Sprout several root vegetables at the same time to make a nice arrangement.


Celery Fun

Don’t throw away the bottom part of a celery bunch!

  • After you cut all the celery stalks off, take the leftover bottom part and place it cut side up in a saucer of water.
  • Change the water if it gets dirty or cloudy.
  • The celery may sprout new tiny pale stalks within a few days.

Corn Kernels

Popcorn kernels can be planted!

  • Plant the kernels about one inch deep.
  • Water the plant well and keep it in a sunny spot.
  • Keep the soil moist.
  • It may take about two weeks for the corn to sprout.
  • Once sprouted, corn grows quickly and sprouts need to be transplanted into a larger pot for each plant.
  • The plants may lean toward the sun, so turn your plant before it gets too lopsided.