Sprout a Sweet Potato
(Pre-K - Kindergarten)
We can’t always see them, but all plants have roots. Some are buried deep in the dirt while others, like tree roots, can be seen growing through the ground in your yard. Wouldn’t you like to watch some roots grow?
- Sweet potato
- 3 toothpicks
- Glass Water
What to Do:
1. Poke the toothpicks into the sweet potato around the middle and set it into the glass. The toothpicks will keep the sweet potato from falling into the water.
2. Add water to the glass until the lower quarter if the sweet potato is surrounded by water.
3. Put the glass on a warm windowsill.
4. Check on your sweet potato every day, watching for roots to begin growing. Add more water if you need too.
5. Once your sweet potato has grown some roots, plant it in the garden!
Roots do two important jobs: anchoring the plant into the ground so it doesn’t blow over and acting like a straw to suck up nutrients and water from the soil. As you can see, every plant needs roots! For more fun with roots, download Roots: Nurturing a Solid Foundation.