Children are fascinated about watching things grow. Planting in a simple environment is a great activity that engages little ones on so many levels and develops many great qualities including patience, observation and nurturing.
This activity can be done at any time of the year and you can do it inside or out. For the purpose of this post we have chosen to show how planting can be done in a plastic cup so your little ones can actually see what’s going on as the bulb develops.

You will need:

  • clear cup or container for planting
  • marbles stones or pebbles
  • water
  • bulb to plant
  • sunny window position

How to:

  1. Fill a clear container about 3/4 full of rocks, marbles, or pebbles. (you could use some that you found on a bush walk or at the beach)
  2. Place the bulb on top. (Be sure you put the bulb in the container root side down.)
  3. Fill the glass with water until it’s just barely covering the bottom of the bulb.
  4. Place the bulb in a sunny window.
  5. Continue observing the bulb each day and watch what happens. Be sure to add water to the container as the water level begins to go down.


Try changing this experiment by planting different kinds of bulbs. You can pick them up from your local garden centre, or even from Bunnings. There are lots of different kinds to choose from.
You could also get a larger container or flower pot and plant several different kinds of bulbs in. Watch and see how long it takes for them to bloom. Notice which ones come up in the quickest amount of time, which ones have a scent and which ones don’t.

Enjoy and don’t forget to send in some photos of your blooming creations, or leave a comment below.

Thanks to Buggy and Buddy for this great activity and the image!