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Easy Winter Activities for Kids

Beautiful Bulbs

Brighten your winter by using beautiful bulbs to grow fresh spring flowers indoors. Kids can coax a spring bulb into blooming during winter in this easy activity.

What You'll Need:

  • Narcissus or hyacinth bulbs
  • Shallow dish
  • Pebbles or aquarium gravel
  • Water

How to Make Beautiful Bulbs:

Narcissus and hyacinth bulbs can be grown indoors using the technique called "forcing." To "force" a bulb, you trick it into thinking it's springtime.


Step 1: Buy some paper-white narcissus bulbs or any type of hyacinth bulb at a garden store.

Step 2: Find a dish about three or four inches deep and pour in about 1 or 1-1/2 inches of pebbles. Set three or four bulbs upright in the dish and fill in around them with more pebbles. Leave the tops of the bulbs sticking out.

Step 3: Add water up to the top of the pebbles. Set the dish in a cool, dark place for two weeks, adding water as needed, to allow roots to form.

Step 4: After two weeks, bring the dish out into a well-lit room, but out of direct light.

Step 5: When the leaves are well-­developed and flower buds are forming, set the dish in a sunny window.

Start your bulbs in October for Christmas blossoms, or in January for Easter. You can try other spring flowers such as daffodils, crocus, or tulips.

For more indoor fun during winter, see: