Easter Grass

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book

In this art/gardening activity, your preschooler will learn how to grow real grass in his own Easter basket.


Materials

  • Large Easter basket
  • Pan, large enough to hold the basket
  • Wheat seeds (about 1 pound)
  • Vermiculite (about 1 pound)
  • Plastic wrap

Directions

  1. Grow a miniature meadow right in your own Easter basket.
  2. About a week before Easter, line a large Easter basket with plastic wrap and fill with vermiculite up to two inches below the rim.
  3. Sprinkle the wheat seeds on top of the vermiculite, set the basket in the sink, and add water until the seed bed is moist.
  4. You won't have to water it again before Easter.
  5. Set the basket in a pan and place it in filtered sunlight.
  6. Cover loosely with plastic wrap to keep moist; remove the plastic after two days.
  7. The wheat will begin to sprout during the next few days, and by Easter morning, you will have real Easter grass for hiding your Easter eggs.

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