I saw this idea in Family Fun and thought it seemed super fun and Spring-y. So we tried it and it was a big hit with everyone (even the chickens). Family Fun must have used larger cookie cutters or a more dense layer of seeds because the grass in their picture is much fuller than ours. But ours still worked and turned out cute. 🙂
I didn’t have any wheat berries on hand so I picked some up on the last trip to the health food store. I got that whole bag of for $1.49! We did this project, planted some for another project (Easter centerpieces – stay tuned for that), sprouted a mason jar full to eat in sandwiches AND made a yummy wheat berry salad. AND I still have over half the bag left over! Amazing stuff. And good for you too!
To grow your name (or any other shape you can think of)…..
What you do:
1. Soak the wheat berries overnight.
2. Fill the tray with moist potting soil. Push cookie cutters into the soil and have your child arrange the seeds in one even layer inside the cookie cutter. Gently press them into the soil.
3. Mist the soil to keep them moist. Don’t pour water directly onto them until the roots are established. Place in a sunny window and they should sprout with in a few days and last for weeks.
Press cookie cutters into soil.
Make a dense layer of seeds inside the cookie cutters.
Spray with water.
Eat some dirt and try hard to spray the seeds.
Help your little brother spray his seeds since he can’t quite figure out the spray bottle.
Accidentally spray your sister while trying to spray the seeds.
Immediately get in a hilarious spray fight.
Spray the house.
Bonus : Giving the grass a haircut = practicing scissor skills!
Bonus Bonus: The chickens think a pan full of dirt and grass is a great treat even though they can’t read.