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Growing Plants

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book

Try this hands-on activity with your preschooler -- show him how plants grow.


  • Seeds
  • Shallow dish of water
  • Planters
  • Potting soil


  1. Your preschooler will be fascinated to see how plants grow from seeds or cuttings.
  2. Soak seeds from an orange, apple, grapefruit, lemon, or lime in water for a day or two.
  3. Fill several planters with potting soil and place three or four seeds in each one about half an inch deep.
  4. Water the seeds, place the pots in a sunny spot, and watch for the green shoots to grow.
  5. You can try plantings seeds in a pattern or shape: a letter, number, square, or circle.