Age: Preschool through elementary
Time: An afternoon
Type of activity: Science/ Arts and Crafts
Celebrate the upcoming (and long-awaited) arrival of spring and St. Patrick's Day by growing your own leprechaun!
· Styrofoam cup
· Potting soil
· Plant seeds for a green plant
What to do:
Step One: First have your child decorate the cup by drawing or painting a face on it. She doesn't need to color in hair, since that's what she'll be growing.
Step Two: Fill the cup halfway with soil.
Step Three: Following the package instructions, plant the seeds. If you don't have instructions, plant about three or four seeds an inch into the soil. When the seeds begin to sprout, you're leprechaun will have "hair."
Step Four: Place the cup in a sunny spot that's low enough for your child to see every day.
Step Five: Water the seeds daily, keeping a log of how much the Leprechaun's "hair" has grown.