Planting seeds with children

Marilyn Shy

Planting seeds indoors is a favorite spring activity for both young and old. Preschoolers love to be a part of the process. They are fascinated by the seeds being tucked into the soil, and they take great care watering them daily, waiting for the seeds to sprout.

You can use all sorts of different containers to sprout the seeds. Paper cups work well. Whatever container you use, be sure to punch holes in the bottom for drainage. If you don’t have good drainage, your seeds may become waterlogged, and they won’t grow. 

With youngsters it is better to pick larger seeds than smaller ones. Good seeds to try include beans, peas, squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, sunflower and marigolds.

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