• 1 cardboard coffee cup
  • 1 cup of potting mix
  • 1 bean seed
  • 1 wooden stick decoration
  • 1 piece of paper
  • 1 marker
  • 1 piece of clear contact


  1. Add soil to cup. Plant seed just below surface. Place wooden figure in cup.
  2. On paper write your name, date seed was planted and a message if you like. Ours have a poem about watching our seed grow on them.
  3. Cover paper with contact and stick onto cup.
  4. Lightly water. Place in a sunny position to grow. Water regularly and watch your seed grow.


This is a great way for children to learn about growing vegetables or flowers. You can use any seed you like. Bean seeds are great as they are large and well suited for little hands.

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  • chicken83
    • 07 Mar 2014
      8:53 pm

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  • Another great recycle option for plants. The ideas are endless and I’m loving them


  • I tend to do my seedlings in egg cartons. When they’re up and ready, I just pop the seedling with egg carton in the garden. It breaks down after a while


  • Love it…am using it for my succulents.


  • Great idea to get the kids out into the garden more!


  • Very meet and tidy to keep in the backyard


  • Great way for the kiddies to see the seed grow


  • Great way to get the kids to watch their seeds grow

    • You could do this every year for them to learn about growing


  • Sounds easy peasy. Love it, thanks!


  • A handy idea to recycle,thanks!


  • love recycling ideas. They look great. Thanks.


  • You could also cut off the top section off a milk carton and use the lower section – an iced coffee carton (small or medium) would be ideal. The best use for these is plants you can transplant into large containers or the open garden later. Some such as carrots and parsnips are not suitable for transplanting.


  • I love this cool idea!


  • this is a brilliant idea – love it


  • Love this idea….unfortunately my track record with keeping plants alive isn’t great lol


  • love this idea, im going to print and give to my daughters teacher what a great project for the whole class to do


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