#19 Growing, Little People, Plants and Things

Suitable for:0 to 5

You’re never too young to start a healthy habit! Sow the seeds, prepare the ground and develop healthy food choices by teaching children where food comes from, get them excited by growing fruit and vegetables they will love to eat. Plant a sunflower seed and see how high it will grow.

How to do it

If you have a garden, encourage your child to help you dig, pick, plant and sow. Plant seeds, ask neighbours for cuttings, buy plants when they are small (and cheap) and watch them grow. If you don't have a garden, use old jars or pots to plant things in and put them on a windowsill.

Try planting orange and apple pips, avocado stones, potatoes (especially when they have started to sprout) or pineapple tops. Pick up conkers and acorns in the autumn, and plant them.

Make sure you keep them watered. As long as plants have light and water, they are likely to survive.

This adventure is part of the Sheffield 50 Things to Do Before You're Five . Head over to their website to tick-off 50 fantastic things for you and your child to experience together. 

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You will need some seeds, something to put them in, some soil and some water. If you are gardening outside you might want a spade or a trowel – but a spoon will do! The very easiest thing to grow is a seed in a jar – just put a dried bean or some seeds from a packet, into a jar with some paper towels and you will be surprised at what happens.

Take a look at this Growing Jar

Take a look at these links

Gardening with Children

How does your garden grow (early childhood news)

Don't forget to head to the Sheffield 50 Things to Do Before You're Five website for more activities.