Healthy Kids

Make a mini greenhouse

In this activity, children plant seeds in a mini greenhouse and observe the tiny seeds transform into little sprouts, then grow into seedlings that are big enough to be transplanted to the garden.

Written by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
A shot of an Asian boy watching the growth of his plant as part of the science project

For fast results, use the seeds of quick-growing plants such as radishes (one of the quickest-growing vegetables), cucumbers, lettuces, peas, spinach and herbs. Children can measure and chart the growth of their seedlings week-by-week.


What to do

    1. Push pins through the bottom of the containers to create small drainage holes.

    2. Place the containers on the tray. Fill the containers three-quarters full with seed raising mix, and pat down gently.

    3. Plant the seeds according to the instructions on the seed packet, cover with soil and spray lightly with water.

    4. Close the containers or cover with lids.

    5. Place in a warm, sunny position (the containers could be kept inside or outside, or moved around as needed).

    6. Check the containers daily and spray lightly with water if the soil begins to dry out.

    7. Transplant seedlings to garden beds, pots or containers.

Written by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is a not-for-profit charity whose vision is to see children form positive food habits for life. The Foundation provides the inspiration, information, professional development and support for educational institutions to deliver pleasurable food education, in conjunction with educators, partners and the wider community.

Previous article

Make a Barometer

Next article

Make a hairy caterpillar

Related articles

Subscribe to receive the best from Live Better every week. Healthy recipes, exercise tips and activities, offers and promotions – everything to help you eat, move and feel better.

By clicking sign up I understand and agree to Medibank's privacy policy

Thanks for subscribing. You’re on the road to a better, healthier version of you!