Easy Gardening Activities for Kids


Plant Your Socks?

Plant Your Socks? You heard right. This easy gardening activity teaches kids about the seeds and spores that live on the ground. Imagine what would happen if your socks started to sprout!

What You'll Need:

  • Pair of old, worn-out tube socks
  • Shallow aluminum foil pan
  • Water

How to Play Plant Your Socks?:

Step 1: Get a pair of old tube socks, and put them on over your shoes. Go for a walk through a field of tall grass and weeds. The best time to do this is in the early fall, but you can try it in spring and summer, too.

Step 2: Carefully take off the socks once they are covered with seeds.

Step 3: When you get home, put the socks in a shallow aluminum foil pan with a little water in the bottom. There should be just enough water to make the socks wet -- no more.

Step 4: Put the pan in a place indoors where it will get plenty of light, and keep those socks moist. In a few days, the seeds that stuck to your socks will begin to sprout.

Step 5: Let your sock garden grow for awhile to see what kinds of plants you have.

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