Each student needs:
- untrimmed, plump carrots with leaf stalks still attached.
- vegetable peeler
- Cut the carrots from the leaf stalks, and trim the leaves from the stalks so that only the stalks and a one-inch cap remain on each one.
- Use the pointed end of a vegetable peeler to carve out the center sections of the carrot caps. This will be the water hole.
- Discuss safety rules by showing what safety procedures you followed as you prepared the carrot caps.
- Show the students how to place the toothpicks opposite one another in the sides of the carrot caps. Explain safety rules for using the toothpicks.
- Have students tie one of the strings to each of the toothpicks to make a hanging basket. The strings shoud be tied at a central meeting point to make a stronger holder.
- Hang all the baskets in a sunny window, and have students keep water in the hollowed out carrot caps until new leaves appear.