Tu B’Shevat Avocado Tree Growing Activity
The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat is also known as the New Year for Trees. Even though it’s too cold to plant a tree outside. You can start the growing season indoors. An indoor planting activity can help your child to learn about basic science concepts and teach them a lesson in reasonability — when they care for their ‘tree’. While it’s not always practical to start a sapling off right now, you can adapt the idea and try an avocado growing activity.
- Avocado pit
- Clear cup or glass
- Eat the avocado! There’s no reason to waste the avocado’s deliciousness just to get the pit.
- Wash and dry the pit. Be careful not to remove the brown outer skin.
- Pierce the pit towards (but not at) to bottom of the pit. The bottom of an avocado’s pit is the slightly rounder, wider side. Space the toothpicks out around the pit’s circumference.
- Fill the cup with water.
- Place the pit bottom-side down in the water. Rest the toothpicks on the cup’s edge. If it starts falling into the water, slightly angle the toothpicks or add a few more. The bottom end of the avocado must be submerged in the water for it to grow. This activity won’t work if you place the top in the water.
- Put the cup (with the pit balanced in it) in a sunny space.
- Change the water every couple of days.
In a few weeks to a month you should notice a small sprout from the top of the pit and roots growing from the bottom. When the stem (top part growth) grows to 6-inches or taller, remove the pit from the water and plant it in a pot with soil. Continue watering the plant, watching it grow!