What to do with this activity?
Every child should have the chance to plant seeds and see them grow. It's something you can do with your own child at home - either in a pot on your windowsill, or in a garden.
Seeds are usually very tiny, and come in paper envelopes that you can buy. Follow the instructions on the seed packet, and plant them in a tray filled with potting compost. If you water the compost, tiny shoots will soon appear. When the shoots are stronger, transfer them very gently into a plant pot, or into soil in the garden.
Have a look at this link from Buggy and Bunny for some tips.
Tell your child that a lot of our food comes from plants. Growing plants can give your child an appreciation of grown food. For instance, potatoes aren't difficult to grow - here's a funny youtube video about growing potatoes in a bucket!
Why am I doing this?
One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. Indoor and outdoor games are a great way of practising some of the reading, writing and number skills your child has learned.
How can I do more?
Encourage your child to teach you a game – letting them teach you something is empowering for your child.
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