Hot Potato, Cold Potato: Teaching Science Over the Summer

Looking for a super cute way to introduce your little ones to plants and gardening? Try growing a potato plant in your windowsill!  


  • Small Potato
  • Empty Jar
  • Toothpicks (3-4)
  • Water
  • Sunlight

This is seriously one of the easiest and coolest projects to set up during the summer. It takes less than 10 minutes to set up and is something kids can check on every day!

Step One: Fill a Jar with Water

Seriously. That’s step one. Fill it almost to the top, depending on how big your potato is.IMG_0475Step Two: Stick Toothpicks in the Potato

This, like the water, is something easy for kids to do. Don’t stress if you end up with uneven toothpicks or too many holes in your potato. Potatos are strong. They can handle it.IMG_0489(1)Step Three: Place the Potato in the Water

The toothpicks will hold half the potato in the water and keep half of it out. That way it can sprout!

IMG_0491Step Four: Place in a Sunny Spot, and Leave it Alone!

That’s the best part about this. It’ll grow with very little care or attention. You should fill up the water every few days, but there isn’t too much of a hurry. This is seriously the most laid back craft you will ever do with your kids.

IMG_0493This project is lots of fun and super easy. I put together the tutorial really quickly, but when you’re working with kids, take the time to teach them about photosynthesis, why plants need sunlight, and what you can do with the potato once it sprouts.

If you have any questions or comments, let me know in the comments below! I’m always happy to respond or give advice.

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