Here’s a fun growing activity for toddlers and young children which you can tackle with a minimum of equipment.
Pre-schoolers have short attention spans, so the ideal growing project for them delivers fast results. Sprouting foliage from root vegetable tops is perfect – it’s an enthralling way to introduce small children to gardening, as they’ll see visible growth within a day or two.
The simplest method of all, you don’t even need a pot – just a saucer of water. All you do is :
- cut off the top off a carrot (leaving about an inch of stump)
- stand it cut side down on the saucer and
- wait for the show!
Within a day or so it will start to sprout, developing a crown of ferny foliage over the following week. Kids will enjoy personalising their new carrot friend by decorating the stump with a funny face, then watching as a full mop of green hair appears!
Why not experiment with other root vegetables? You can try this technique with parsnips, radishes, beetroot, celery and turnips, too.