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Grocery Gardening with City Sprouts


Ages 4 - 13

Learn how to "Grow from Groceries" with CitySprouts!

Prepare your seeds, plant them, then observe and record the changes you notice as your seeds develop into plants.


CitySprouts' Growing from Groceries, Part 1:

In this video, Mr. G shows how to prepare seeds for growing from three different fruits: a mango, an avocado, and a lemon.

Materials needed:

  • Paper towels
  • Fruit (preferably a mango, avocado, and/or a lemon)
  • A helpful adult with a knife
  • Access to a sink


CitySprouts' Growing from Groceries, Part 2:

In this video, Mr. G shows how to sprout the dried and prepared seeds from Growing from Groceries, Part 1.

Materials needed:

  • Glass jars
  • Prepared seeds (from Growing from Groceries, part 1)
  • A helpful adult with a knife
  • Water
  • Toothpicks
  • Ziplock bag
  • Paper towels
  • Gardening Journal (pdf)

After you have set up your seeds to sprout, record what you did and your observations in your  Gardening Journal

This activity supports the practice of these STEAM Habits of Mind: Engage & persist, observe, reflect, stretch & explore.

Tips for Supporting Your Children's Learning

Get your child actively involved in their own learning and have their questions drive their learning. Let them observe and figure it out, and try to hold back from answering questions for them. Instead, try to ask: What do we know? What else can we find out? How might we figure that out? Don't be afraid to ask your child questions. Also, don't be afraid to say, "I don't know--let's find out together!" as a way to respond to their questions.

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