30th March 2022 All Posts Sustainability in the Early Years

Sustainability Activity of the Week: Potting Plants

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. 

The weather has been wonderful in the UK over the last week, and that’s why we think it’s the perfect time to pot some plants for the garden. Potting a plant is a simple activity that helps to improve motor skills and dexterity, and will also provide the opportunity for a child to care for another living organism. 

Safety First!

Don’t allow children to use a sharp garden fork.

Planting Seeds

What you’ll need:

  • A plant pot – Think about using plant pots made from eco-sustainable materials or instead of buying brand new, try buying second hand plant pots and give them a new lease of life.
  • Compost 
  • A plant of your choice – we have a small money plant
  • A spoon or trowel
  • A jug of water


  1. Use the spoon or trowel to fill a chosen plant pot with soil, and press down slightly. 
  2. Use your hands to create a space in the middle of the pot where your plant will go. 
  3. Remove the plant from its previous pot and use this time to show the children the roots and explain how plants suck up water and nutrients. 
  4. Place the plant in the middle of the pot, and use your hands to add some more compost around the plant to seal it in. Press down. 
  5. Moisten the soil with water and display in your chosen place!

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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