23rd March 2022 All Posts Sustainability in the Early Years

Sustainability Activity of the Week: Planting Seeds

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. 

Spring has officially sprung this week, and we thought there was no better way to celebrate than by allowing children to plant their very own flowers! Although there are lots of seeds to choose from for sowing, we decided on a bright and vibrant petunia for the spring season.

Safety First!

Don’t allow children to cut the compost bag.

Planting Seeds

What you’ll need:

  • A plant pot 
  • Compost 
  • Seeds of your choice (we recommend petunia, marigold, or pansy)
  • A spoon
  • A jug of water
  • An old plastic freezer bag


  1. Use the spoon to fill a chosen plant pot with soil, and press down slightly. 
  2. Open up your bag of seeds and pour a few into your hands, then sprinkle these into the pot. 
  3. Pour water into the pot to moisten. 
  4. Leave in a sunny place with an old clear plastic freezer bag loosely covering it for 7 days until you see shoots. 
  5. Remove the bag and water every so often as the plant grows!

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 sensory activities? We have a FREE Spring Activity Guide ideal for spring weather and sensory development.

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