How to Plant a Seed and Watch it Grow


Planting a seed and watching it grow can be both educational and fascinating for students of all ages. Grow an indoor garden anytime of the year or an outdoor garden with kids during the spring and summer months. Kids learn about root growth, germination, sprouting, caring for plants and more with this type of educational project. Transplant seedlings outdoors for flower or vegetable gardens or switch to larger containers for indoor gardening. Having children plant a seed and watch it grow develops curiosity and enthusiasm for gardening.

Step 1

Cut several small holes in the bottom of a small, clear, plastic growing container. Fill 3/4 of the way full with potting soil. Recycle soda bottles or other plastic containers for this project.

Step 2

Make a small hole in the center of the dirt 1 inch deep. Plant the seed in the hole and cover.

Step 3

Water the container until water drips from the bottom.

Step 4

Cover the container with plastic wrap. Poke three to six holes in the wrap for air circulation. Place container in warm, dark location.

Step 5

Remove container from dark location daily to examine for root formation and sprouting of the seed. Write down daily observations.

Step 6

Photograph each day and print the pictures. Glue the pictures to the matching plant journal entries.

Step 7

Remove plastic wrap when seed sprouts. Move container to well-lit area. Watch as the plant grows toward the light. Rotate container and record results.

Step 8

Transplant seedling to indoor pot or outdoors when it is 4 to 8 inches tall.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be prepared to discuss why a seed did not germinate or sprout. Have another one ready to plant and begin the steps again.

Things You'll Need

  • Several seeds
  • Clear plastic growing container
  • Potting soil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Toothpick
  • Writing journal
  • Camera
  • Glue


  • "Dig, Plant, Grow: A Kid's Guide to Gardening"; Felder Rushing; 2004
Keywords: watch seed grow, seed growth, growing seeds

About this Author

Lisha Smith writes for several blogs and has freelanced for six years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Greensboro in psychology. Smith has self-published several books. Her areas of experience include gardening, cooking, home improvement, pets and mental health.