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. 🙂
- Wheat berry seeds (available at natural food stores)
- Bowl of water
- Shallow, rimmed tray or baking pan
- Potting soil, moistened
- Letter cookie cutters (optional)
Instead of growing your child’s name in a tray, you can use cookie cutters to create a letter-shaped topiary with visible roots. Set the cookie cutters in a tray, fill them almost to the top with potting soil, then cover the surface with wheat berry seeds that have been soaked in water overnight. Gently push the seeds into the soil. Pour a thin puddle of water into the tray to keep the soil moist, and set the tray in a sunny window. Once the seeds have sprouted and the roots are established, pick up the cookie cutters and gently pop out the letters.
Marie @ Chocolate-Covered Chaos says
That’s so cute! It’s been a while since I’ve subscribed to Family Fun, so thanks for sharing this idea! Can’t wait to try it:)
Cranberry Morning says
I was so relieved to see the chickens were NOT chasing each other with those spray bottles! 😉
What a cute idea…and such darling pics of the kids.
Cranberry Morning says
oh. and that reminds me: we are thinking of getting chickens. Did you get yours as little chicks? and which breeds did you find were the least flighty and cranky? I want to get sweet, tolerant chickens, not ones that will terrify me when i go to collect eggs. Any advice?
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@Cranberry Morning! Chickens are so fun! I love showing the kids a connection to where their food comes from. We got them just over a year ago as chicks. We have one Barred Rock (she’s the most sweet and tame and my fave) one Americana (she lays blueish eggs and is the most curious and follows us around -my three year old’s favorite) and two bantams (Duccle Millie Fluer)(They are kind of skiddish, but so cute and small, once you catch them they will let you just carry them around all day (my 2 year old’s favorite!)
Send me an e-mail with any questions. I have been doing serious chicken research for two years! 🙂
Love this post! Soooo cute!
I love all of your cute ideas. Your April Fool’s dinner was soo cute. Following from the hop. Hope you can follow back.