Forcing Nature
From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.


Forcing Buds

Find out when forsythia, that big common yellow bush, flowers in your area. If you follow the correct procedures, you can get it to flower a month earlier for you indoors. Here's how to hurry Nature along a little. Cut enough stems to make a big bouquet. Pound the ends of the stems with a rock or hammer to break the woody bark. Stick the stems in a big vase or soup pot full of water and leave in the dark overnight. The next day set them in front of a light window. Soon they will blossom.

Forcing buds illustration

Forcing Bulbs

In the fall buy some paper-white narcissus bulbs at a garden center. Fill a glass pie plate or any bowl about the same size with pebbles or dirt. Stick the bulbs, round end down, into the pebbles. Leave the tops showing. Water. Set in a cool, sunny window. The bulbs will grow and flower in a few months. Ask your garden center how long it will take. If you plan it right, you can have them flowering for Christmas. When the bulbs are finished flowering, throw them out. They are exhausted.


Forcing bulbs illustration

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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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