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Make a Newspaper Seed Pot!

At-home activity provided by The Children's Museum

April 2012

Children are never too young to get excited about helping Mother Earth. They love to learn about plants and even about growing their own plants. This Earth Day, help your preschooler learn about plant growth and recycling by making their very own seed pot from newspaper. Plant a seed and watch it develop into a plant that can be planted outside once the growing season begins. No cutting is required so even younger children can help take part in this activity!

Newspaper Seed Pot

Items needed:

• Piece of news or construction paper

• Masking tape

• Plastic jar (such as a spice jar)

• Soil

• Plant seed


• Lay one strip of newspaper length-wise on the table. Place a plastic jar (any size can be used, depending on the size of pot you want to make) on its side and line it up with the edge of the newspaper. Allow the other end of the newspaper to hang past the bottom of the jar. Roll the newspaper around the jar to form your pot shape.

• Fold the overhanging newspaper on the bottom of the jar together and secure it with masking tape. (This step doesn't have to be neat and tidy.)

• Push the bottom of the jar into the newspaper cup, squashing the folded bottom to flatten. This step will seal the bottom of your pot. Once the pot has been filled with soil, the bottom will be secure.

• Pull the jar out of the newspaper pocket so you have the seed pot in your hand.

• Fill your seed pot with soil and plant your seed. Carefully add a little water to wet the soil, but be careful not to let it soak through the newspaper. When the ground gets warmer you can plant the whole seed pot into the ground where your plant will grow and your seed pot will eventually decompose into the earth (even the masking tape)!

Nicole Schoville is the Family & Neighborhood Programs Coordinator
Interested in taking part in a Family Program at The Children's Museum? Learn more by visiting the Programs page at www.childrensmuseum.org

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