Saturday, March 19, 2011

Garden Fun Project for Kids

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia--- I can still remember that commercial for Chia Pets. I think I owned at least one or two in my life. It was always fascinating to see how the seeds grew and made wild hair on the Chia pet. When thinking about an activity to do with my toddler and preschool for our recent letter of the week unit, I knew creating our own homemade Chia Pet would be perfect!

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Supplies:

Grass seed
Potting Soil
Egg shells with the top portion removed
Toliet Paper tube
Water
Sharpie Marker

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Before starting, carefully remove the top portion of an egg. Remove the yolk and wash out the egg shell.  Cut down a toilet paper tube so that it becomes a holder for the egg. Next have your child fill the egg with soil.

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Place  grass seeds in the soil and then cover with more soil.

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Carefully water the egg-shell garden.

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Draw silly faces on the eggs with a marker. Give them some TLC, sunshine,and water, and after awhile they will grow groovy hair. The perfect table-top garden for kids!

P.S. You can cover the toilet paper tube with cardstock to make a pretty holder. My kids were too impatient and wanted to make their garden right away! You can also paint the egg shell before planting.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Alicia Stucky said...

Oo! I'm so excited to do this. I've been planning to plant something with my son this week, and this totally has me motivated to get on it this weekend. Thanks for the cute idea.

March 19, 2011 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Jimmie said...

Adorable. I love crafts with grass seed.

March 19, 2011 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

Super cute!Can't wait to see their hair!

March 20, 2011 at 1:41 AM  
Blogger Briana said...

My children love to do this project. We probably repeat it every year. Hmm, I should get some grass going for an Easter centerpiece.

March 20, 2011 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Rebagv said...

Maureen,

Ooh, this is such a wonderful idea! I am interested in doing this.

Rebecca G.

March 21, 2011 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger The Fifth Street Mama said...

If you get any little cracks in the shell paint them with clear nail polish.

March 21, 2011 at 12:32 PM  

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