Few things are as synonymous with Ireland as the potato. They're a staple in most kitchens and they can also be a great learning tool.
What you need:
- Potato (the older the better). Look for one that's already started sprouting or has several eyes (bumps that show where the potato is about to sprout).
- 4 toothpicks
- Wide-mouthed watertight container. (Choose a clear glass jar so your children can spot the first rootlets growing.)
Sometimes potatoes from the supermarket have been sprayed with a substance to keep them from sprouting. Scrub your potato well to make sure it will sprout.
Stick four toothpicks around the middle of the potato. The toothpicks should be placed equal distance around the potato, like the spikes of a bicycle wheel. The toothpicks will act as the supports you need to suspend the potato on the rim of the jar.