Science Activities for Kids

Kitchen Garden Activity

Try this kitchen garden activity and grow a garden from foods you find in your kitchen! This activity is ideal for children that enjoy gardens and easy crafts.

What You'll Need:

  • Sweet potato
  • Toothpicks
  • Jars of water
  • Avocado
  • Planting pot
  • Potting soil
  • Onion or garlic
  • Shallow bowl of water
  • Apple seeds
  • Paper towel
  • Plastic bag

To grow a sweet potato plant, poke three or four toothpicks into the middle of the sweet potato. Set the potato in a jar of water so the toothpicks rest on the jar rim (half of the potato should be under water.) Set the jar in a sunny place, and watch vines begin to grow.

For an avocado plant, remove the seed from an avocado and rinse it. Insert three toothpicks around the middle of the pit, halfway between the top and the bottom. Place the pit in a jar of water with the pointy side up. Set the jar in a sunny place, and make sure the water level doesn't fall below the pit.

After the pit has produced both a root in the water and a shoot above, you can plant it in potting soil. Plant the pit so that two thirds is below the soil and one third is above. Water the growing avocado tree, and keep it in a sunny spot.

To sprout an onion or garlic plant, cut an onion or garlic clove in half, and set one of the halves in a bowl of water. Soon a shoot will sprout up.

To grow apple seeds, you will have to convince them they've been through the winter. Wrap apple seeds in a wet paper towel, and keep them inside a plastic bag in the refrigerator for six weeks. Take them out and plant them in soil. Put them in a sunny spot, keep them moist, and soon apple trees will begin to grow.

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