Gardening for Kids at Home School

Gardening for kids experiment can be done effortlessly!

When you have tried the earlier long lasting organic potato container water garden project; you may love to conduct an easier project for the lower primary school kids.

We used to peel off the potato skin when we are preparing them for meals. And the peels would be either put into the kitchen waste; or in the vegetable compost.

Do you know you can use them to create an amazing
gardening project for your school children?

Gardening for Kids Activity

Growing potato skin from day 1 to day 19.Image 1-4

Potato peels with minimum one bud are able to sprout naturally when they are supplied with air, light, moist and heat.

If you are a vegetable gardener; you may already knew that several pale long roots would be shown above ground in the spring; when they were left underground during the last season.

However, they could grow into a long tail when they are given more time and space.

How to Grow Mini Potato Skin Indoor

Project duration: 4 months

Project Materials:
* Pieces of organic potato skin;
* Rain water or tap water;
* A small shallow container

1. Cut about 1/10 inch thick, 1 inch long of skin (Top picture 1);

2. Place this in a clean container;

3. Add rain water just enough to cover the container (below the skin);

4. Place this container in a room at temperature 20°C and no contact with direct sunlight;

5. Rinse and change water when necessary.


  • You will realise the skin would be thicker and thicker after they stood in water for several days. And eventually it swelled (above picture 2) and sprouted on 19th December (picture 4).

  • The stem would stand straight (picture 5); if you adjust its direction everyday by turning the container towards the indirect sunlight.

  • On 29-12-2011 discovered new growth (picture 6) next to the main stem.

  • Two side shoots (picture 7&8) appearing from 6th to 8th January 2012.

  • The side shoots were expanding (picture 11); and came more new shoots on 23-1-2012 (picture 12).

  • One of the side shoot grew into leaf and many mini roots growing along (picture 15&16).

  • When it is strong and stabled; it would produce mini roots also at the bottom of the stem.

  • The mini roots would slowly expanded into strong arms. Soon four of them turned into 4 purplish white arms. Thereafter, the bottom ones started to extend their length; and many tiny side roots were grown along the vines.

  • One of the bottom root eventually grown above the container with mini sized leaves. And you need to prepare a larger container when this container is no longer fit.

  • The extended length of the root is young and tender; so small kids can handle it with ease.

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When the root could not stand straight with its length; and you cannot provide a taller container; you can guide it into a circle (picture 18); they would be pretty happy to stay at the bottom of the container.

You can also place them on mineral stones (picture 19) for indoor decoration.

This project was ended in about 2 weeks after 28th March 2012. The plant has eventually melted totally in the water; due to a long period of soaking and the nutrients were fully used-up.

This Gardening for kids idea can also be introduced to a group of seniors.

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