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Miracle Gro Kids Gravity Gro Station

Miracle Gro Kids Gravity Gro Station

Spring 2012 Toys
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: Peachtree Playthings
Price: $12.99

Though the true success of a plant-growing kit must be measured in months, not weeks, the MiracleGro Kids Gravity Gro Station is, at least based on initial impressions, a real winner. The kit includes everything to grow tomato seedlings - a small pot and water tray, soil mix, seeds, and a fun plant marker - plus a hanging bag to transfer the seedlings to after they have grown large and healthy (potting soil not included, but there is a discount coupon provided, and soil is readily available). The seedlings sprouted readily and enthusiastically, so the kit's ingredients are healthy. The guide included with the kit teaches how plants' roots grow toward adequate water, but stems and leaves turn toward the light, even if that means growing upside-down. My first-grader loved setting up her own mini-garden and checks the tiny sprouting seedlings at least daily. Older kids may have less to learn from the kit, but will still achieve satisfaction from fostering plants to adulthood.

Emily Crawford   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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