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Little Sprouts Project

  • Duration


  • Age

    , toddler, child

  • Skill for Bub

    Mind builder, Hand/eye coordination


Why not plant a seed and watch it grow and mature and help to learn about “wet” and “dry”?

Doesn’t it feel like yesterday that your little one was a tiny newborn wrapped up in a pink or blue blanket? But now, she is discovering the world on her own – and you are now planting the seeds to help her learn how to use the potty or toilet through toilet training! Why not let her plant a seed and watch it grow and mature while also learning about “wet” and “dry”?

What you’ll need

  • A small clay or other decorative pot
  • Flower, vegetable or herb seeds
  • Potting soil
  • Watering can

What to do

Help your child fill up the decorative pot with potting soil. Show her how to push her thumb into the soil to make small indentions (read seed packet to see how deep to make the holes). Let her sprinkle the seeds into the holes, then cover with a light layer of soil. Give her the watering can and let her lightly water the seeds. Place in a bright, sunny location.

Watering the seeds will help reinforce the terms “wet” and “dry.” Have her feel the soil before she waters it. Explain that this is dry, like she needs to keep her Pull-Ups®. After she waters the soil, explain that it is now wet, and while this is the best thing for the seeds, it is not the best thing for her underpants.

Before you know it, she’ll be delighted to see little sprouts pop their heads from the soil. When the plant is big enough, let her set it beside her potty or toilet as a reminder of what a big kid she’s become.