Norah and I had so, so, so much fun with this seed craft for kids! So much so, that I simply had to share it with you. Even though seed activities for kids are ‘sprouting’ all over this blog already.
Apparently so, my friend. Apparently so.
But juuust before we get into this NEW seed craft, have you gotten your FREE printable seed germination tracker!? You’re going to want to grab a copy because once you start down this seed activity rabbit hole… well, if you’re anything like me, you’ll never want to stop!
The big kids and I were busy diving into our Seeds and Plants Unit Study (oh right, we have a full Seed Unit Study on the blog TOO!) If you happen to be a homeschooling family, you need to check out my unit studies. I am biased, but they are the absolute best. Check it out here: Seeds and Plants Unit Study
Okay, back to the original point for the blog post – the Potato Seed Head craft! All of these past seed posts just keep blooming in my head!
This craft was super simple to make, could be done in a million different ways using what you already have on hand at home, and will keep children mesmerized awaiting those sprouts for days.
To begin, take a potato and cut the top off. Then dig a little hole out of the top using a spoon. This was a little bit tricky to do, so I did this part. You could really use any vessel for this, I believe. A sweet potato, squash, rutabaga, whatever you have on hand. A carrot would be adorable! I think an onion would be stinky though. I wouldn’t recommend an onion …
Next thing is to get that potato (or yam, squash, carrot) in an upright position. We did this with lots and lots of toothpicks stuck around the middle so it it would sit perched on a cup. We ended up using A LOT of toothpicks for two reasons. First of all, Norah really loved sticking the toothpicks into the potato. Secondly, we used cheap toothpicks that kept breaking. A good quality toothpick would serve you very well — a sentence I never thought I would write (who am I kidding, I write the weirdest stuff in this space).
Okay then, we now have our veggie sitting in a snug and comfy position. Take a few moments to cut out an adorable little face from construction paper. We just did some eyes and a smile, but go nuts. Googly eyes would also be delightful. We used hot glue to stick these on so it would happen nice and quick. (AND for those confused by why the photos don’t match these instructions exactly, it is because I took the photos, waited 4 long weeks to get the words out of my head and into a blog post, only to then realize that my recollection of the activity was not as spot on as I had thought it was. But you are gracious, so I know you will forgive me. Plus, the order really doesn’t matter. See? I even did it wrong and it still worked!)
Next, pop some cotton balls into the whole you dug out of your veggie and moisten with some water. We used water in a spray bottle, because we are very, very, very independent right now, being three and all, so I wanted to avoid a lot of spillage.
Now you are set to sprinkle in some seeds! Any fast growing seeds will work. Alfalfa sprouts, grass seed, lettuce, radishes, or micro greens will do the trick.
Place your Potato Seed Head in a sunny spot and spray with water every day. You will be amazed at how quickly that little guy grows his hair!
And there you have it. Your very own little Potato/Carrot/Yam/Radish/Turnip/Squash/Zucchini Seed Head. I hope you and your little ones love it every bit as much as we did.
Also, be sure to check out my Seed and Plant Unit Study. It will get those little minds sprouting! You can find it right here:
Thank you so much for reading!