I am sure at some point in your childhood you grew little carrot pets from old carrot heads?
What about an avocado tree??
Let do some anyway.
What you need:
- Some kind of flat container (old milk carton, Chinese food container anything)
- Cotton wool, paper towel or ripped up scrap paper
- Carrot heads
Get your families to bring you in the heads of their carrot about 1-2 cm is enough.
Get the kiddies to tear up their scrap paper, or place their cotton wool in the container about 2 cm thick
NB: If you are buying cotton wool you can usually find organic cotton wool for the same price as regular, sometimes its cheaper. Considering cotton production across the wool is massive, and uses a large portion of the world pesticides, this is small change that can make a big difference.
Pour enough water in the container so that the fibers are just wet and get the kiddies to pop in their carrot heads, you can put several in the same container.
Find a nice sunny window for them to grow in and don’t let it dry out!
Unfortunately you will not get a new carrot from this project, but it will grow some nice hair.
Why is this a sustainable activity?
This is a great way to teach children to think about what they are throwing out, can we do something else with it.
They can watch something grow right in front of their eyes.
We are also trying to get children to think about what they can reuse to do this activity, and of course getting families involved.