Growing potatoes with kids

I was checking out our pantry I noticed some of our potatoes were starting to sprout. I took this as a great opportunity to have a little activity with the my daughters. We started by taking a look at the sprouts and had a little discussion about how potatoes grow underground and this one potato will grow into many more potatoes. We then cut an egg carton in half and set the sprouting potatoes by the window to sprout (chitting) a little more and printed out some activity pages from the Washington State Potato Commission.

After a few days of basking in the sun we planted our potatoes in our garden and hopefully in a couple weeks we will see some plants coming out of the ground.

4 Responses to “Growing potatoes with kids”

  1. Melanie Says:

    When I was a child I spent many glorious summers on a farm in Germany. I can still clearly remember the first time my Aunt told me to go out back and dig up some potatoes for dinner. I had never realized before that moment that they actually came out of the ground like that.Those were the most delicious potatoes I ever had 🙂

  2. Barbee' Says:

    That is a fun project to do with the kids. I did a similar one (no kids available) and it was interesting enough, I thought. If you are interested here is the URL, photos are low on the page. For starting with 3 small seed potatoes, I thought it was a pretty good reward considering they were growing in mostly old leaves in an old garbage can.

  3. Barbee' Says:

    oops, that long URL got chopped off;here is the rest of it:spring-garden-potato-crop.html

  4. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    Well hope I have as good of luck. Got a couple in the ground and one still chitting (doing well) by the window.

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