9th June 2022 All Posts Sustainability in the Early Years

Sustainability Activity of the Week: Growing Herb Cuttings

We think it’s important to provide useful resources for early years practitioners, childminders, and parents in terms of sustainability – and this series aims to bring you easy crafts and activities that will teach children about sustainable living. 

Herbs are a great choice for children when teaching them about plants because they smell fragrant and can also be used in cooking and baking. When you have some store bought herbs that are on their way out it is a great idea to take a cutting and grow your own brand new plant. Not only is this a great learning experience but it also teaches the importance of sustainability and reducing food waste. 

Safety First!

Make sure children use child-safe scissors.

Growing Herb Cuttings

What you’ll need:

  • Store bought herbs – rosemary is a great choice 
  • Scissors
  • A small glass with water 
  • Compost 
  • A plant pot 


  1. Take a 3-4 inch sprig of your herb. 
  2. Cut off all of the leaves apart from the top 3-4. 
  3. Place your cutting into a glass with water and leave in a sunny spot for 7-14 days. You’ll soon see roots forming.
  4. Once the roots are a few inches long, plant in a small pot with compost and grow. 

This is a great exercise to teach children about how plants grow, and will also be a fabulous sensory experience with the smell of the herbs.
Join us next week for another sustainable early years activity, and if you try this out, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @ConnectChildcare. Have you seen our other garden themed activities? We have a FREE Gardening Activity Guide ideal for spring weather and sensory development.

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