Planting Seeds with Toddlers

Planting seeds with kids can be a great activity to teach them about nature and science about plants. However, you no need to stay till your baby is a grown up kid to show him about how seeds become plants. Instead, planting seeds can be a great activity which you can do with a toddler too. This activity will not only show how seeds become plants, it will also give the opportunity for kids to learn about loving and caring the nature. They will grow the responsibility towards take caring of the plants by watering daily and by adding fertilizers. Isn’t this a good way to impose some responsibility on toddlers?

Planting seeds with toddlers - Our experience with planting chilli seeds

Planting seeds with toddlers – Our experience with planting chilli seeds

Planting chilli seeds

Planting chilli seeds

Planting seeds with toddlers

Watering the plants is his favourite activity.Yes this is wrong to water while standing.He learned it later 🙂

Planting seeds with toddlers

Growing seeds with toddlers – Some of the chilli plants

Planting seeds with my toddler is one of the favourite activities at our home and my kid loves it. We don’t use any special methods or we even don’t buy seeds. I use seeds such as pumpkin, chilli or tomato from our weekly vegetable purchasing and dry the seeds before planting.

Planting Pumpkin seeds

Planting Pumpkin seeds – yes,this soil condition is not the best for seeds to grow 🙂

We love watching Pumpkin seeds grow to plants

We love watching Pumpkin seeds grow to plants

Our pumpkin plants

Our pumpkin plants

We love to see such plants in the morning.

We love to see such plants in the morning. 🙂

Sanu, my kid loves to rake the soil and plant the seeds. After planting the seeds, it is time to water and take care of the plants. When he sees the first signs of plants through the soil, I can see how happy he is. He starts talking with the plants and sometimes he also wants to water more than two times a day which I need to control!

Watering plants is the best activity! :)

Watering plants is the best activity! 🙂

Together with planting seeds, we also enjoy reading the book ‘Seeds Grow’ which explains about planting seeds for young kids. Really, this is a great activity to teach about plant growth for kids. It is good if I can create a garden for kids but with this simple activity we enjoy our love for gardening.

Do you have experience with planting seeds with toddlers?Please share your ideas and memories.

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Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog which she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences.She is a Contracts Engineer by profession and recently launched her own Engineering consultancy service Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)

12 Comments

Rhonda Albom

about 2 years ago

I agree that planting seeds with toddlers is a good way to teach them the responsibility of caring for things. I used to do this with my children when they were young.

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Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

Amila Wickramarachchi

about 2 years ago

Yes,I like this activity and my kid also enjoys it much!

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stevebethere

about 2 years ago

Nice post and photos, can you believe I have never had pumpkin heheh! Have a seedtastic week :-)

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Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

Amila Wickramarachchi

about 2 years ago

oh!Sure,you are a picky eater! :) Otherwise pumpkin is in anyone's menu :)

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Jill at Do Try This at Home

about 2 years ago

Looks like fun! I am lucky that my husband likes planting with our daughter so she's gotten to see all kinds of things grow.

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Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

Amila Wickramarachchi

about 2 years ago

It is so good.She is lucky to experience gardening...

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Emily

about 2 years ago

We love planting seeds each year as an experiment (I say that because I do not have a green thumb). So far, we haven't had a ton of success. Hoping it goes well for you. :)

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Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

Amila Wickramarachchi

about 2 years ago

We also do these as experiments.I cant continue most of the time,I know soil condition is poor.Here we need to buy soil and plant medium,so it is always something I postpone... :)

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Karren Haller

about 2 years ago

Kids are so excited when they see the fruits of their labors. Great teaching moment!

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Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

Amila Wickramarachchi

about 2 years ago

Thanks,we always love these planting moments...

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Merlinda Little (Glimmer of Hope)

about 2 years ago

Something that we love doing here too! Our strawberries gave us so many fruits this year but since its autumn now the plants are going to rest but we are looking forward to seeing it go alive again in spring =)

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Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

Amila Wickramarachchi

about 2 years ago

That's really good you have a garden.We are limited with space,so we do this kind of indoor gardening :)

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