Ages: 6-8, 9-12
Skills: Thinking, Social Studies, Science
What you'll need: Sweet potato, yam or other produce like avocado pits or pineapple tops
A wide-mouthed glass jar
Your kids will enjoy watching the viney growth sprout from a sweet potato.
Kitchen Garden Tip:
Organic produce is most likely to "sprout" for you because it isn't treated with retardants or growth inhibitors. In addition to yams, you can try growing pineapple tops, avocado pits or sunflower seeds in a sunny window.
What to do:
Place one end of a sweet potato or yam into a wide-mouthed jar half-filled with water. Change the water at least once a week. If the potato sinks too low in the jar, you can stick toothpicks in it and lay them atop the jar.
Place your potato jar in a warm, partly sunny window. Within about a week, you should see little green shoots emerging from the top half of the potato, followed by roots in the water. If weather permits, you can transplant them outside once sprouts and roots form (bury them completely in good, loamy soil) or just let them grow viney in their jar to add some winter cheer to your windowsill.