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Animal & Plant Life Cycles Activity for Kids
Grow an Avocado Plant DIY
- Duration: 15-30 min
- Difficulty: Medium
- Cost: $0 to $5
Observe part of the avocado plant’s life cycle!
- 1Ripe avocado
- 1Cutting board
- 1Knife adult use only!
- 1Bowl of water
- 1Clear plastic cup of water
- 1Ask an adult to cut open the avocado and remove the seed.
- 2Wash the seed in the bowl of water.
- 3Peel away and discard the thin brown skin around the seed.
- 4Hold the seed so that the pointier end is up.
- 5Push 3 evenly spaced toothpicks into the seed (not on the fault lines).
- 6Carefully place the seed into the cup by resting the toothpicks on the lip.
- 7Pour water into the cup until the seed is halfway covered.
- 8Place the cup with the seed in a warm place out of direct sunlight.
- 9Wait for the avocado seed to sprout, which will take 4-8 weeks.
- 9Change the water once per week.
How It Works
An avocado starts its life cycle as a seed. When planted, the seed germinates (starts to grow) in about 4-8 weeks. The seed splits along the fault line, allowing a root to grow down and a sprout to grow up. As the sprout grows leaves, it becomes a seedling, and then continues to grow into an avocado plant. Eventually, the avocado plant produces flowers, and finally fruit after 4-5 years. Inside each avocado fruit is another seed—ready to start its own life cycle.