Here are the instructions on how to grow a carrot top at home. This is a fabulous introduction to growing for children as it provides them with a basic form of responsibility to look after and help it grow. So much can be observed over the days it sprouts and grows up tall. Changes can also be recorded on paper.
Have you ever given your child an experience of gardening or growing a plant from a seed? It’s wonderfully fascinating for young minds to observe changes over time and it also teaches them lots about how plants grow and what they need for survival.
Previously I have taught you how to grow crystals indoors, but this time we are going to learn how to grow a carrot top! We seem to eat an abundance of carrots in our family and so it wasn’t hard to set up this experiment.
You will need
- Carrot top (2-3 cm from stem with some root growth remaining on top)
- Shallow dish
- 10 Cotton wool
- Sunny and protected spot
How to grow a carrot top
Simply add a layer of cotton balls to your small dish. Add a light dribble of water over the cotton balls so they are wet but not completely flooded with water. Press your carrot top into the wet cotton balls and place the dish in a sunny location. Be sure to check that the cotton balls remain wet throughout the growing period. You do not want to dry them out.
It will take a few days for children to see the carrot top begin to grow, however, once it starts it will grow quite quickly when in the right conditions.
This activity that is so simple to set up teaches children –
- How a root vegetable grows (science)
- Developing a sense of responsibility in looking after it
- Observational skills
- Plant care
Of course it is possible to grow other root vegetables so why not give your child a chance to experiment a few different types and record their findings. Have them test to see if there is a difference between growth rate when
What other root vegetables could you grow in this way?
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