Easy Window Garden

Ideal for Preschool/Pre-K, School-Age

Vegetable seed packets lay on a wooden table.

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to demonstrate an understanding of cause and effect

Materials Needed:

  • Zip-top gallon bag
  • Paper towel
  • Vegetable seeds
  • Spray Bottle
  • Tape

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Place the paper towel under running water until it is wet. Squeeze out the excess water.
  2. Fold the paper towel in half and slide it into the zip-top bag.
  3. Lay the seeds on the paper towel and seal the bag. Tape the bag up in a sunny window.
  4. Watch the bag over several days. Take it down occasionally and spray the paper towel with water to keep it moist, but not soaking. Soon the seeds will sprout and you can watch the plants grow. Which ones sprout fastest? What do their roots look like?

Learn More: If your child is interested, learn more about plant development and gardening. Sort seeds, or grow vegetables, herbs, or moss. Try composting and recycling or make leaf prints.

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