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Wildflower Seed Bombs

Add a sprinkle of color to your landscaping by making these Wildflower Seed Bombs!  These also make beautiful gifts!  How to Make Wildflower Seed Bombs

 

Tis the season for flowers!  As part of our garden thematic unit, we made some wildflower bombs to throw in the front of our yard!  We desperately need some color and beauty in our lives right now as we are all in the midst of the pandemic.  Making these wildflower bombs is a fun way to spread a little sunshine.  It is also super easy and uses materials you most likely already have on hand (perhaps except for the wildflower seeds).

 

Materials for Wildflower Seed Bombs:

Paper

Construction Paper

Water

Blender/food processor

Wildflower Seeds (we live in the midwest so I selected the midwest version)

Optional:  Silicone Molds

Optional:  Paper Shredder

 

 

1. In separate bowls for each color, add enough water to your shredded paper so that all the paper is submerged.  Let it sit for 20 minutes.

 

2.  Once fully soaked, pour some of the water out and add the the paper/mixture to the blender.  Blend until smooth (or as smooth as mushy paper can get).  😜

 

 

3.  Put the paper mixture in a fine strainer and use a potato masher to press as much water as you can out of the paper mixture.

 

4.  Press the paper mixture into the silicone molds (only halfway).

 

5.  Sprinkle seeds on top.

 

6.  Press another layer of the paper mixture on top.

 

My sweet helper!

 

7.  Set outside in the sun until fully dry.  It took ours about 24 hours to dry completely.

 

 

The wildflower seed bombs will obviously do best if they are put into moist soil (and covered with a little more dirt), but you can try scattering them by throwing them on the ground too.

 

 

Check out more activities in our Garden Activities for Kids weekly guide!

 

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Garden Activities for Kids: A Weekly Plan

This weekly plan includes lot of garden activities for kids!  Incorporate flowers and gardening into your everyday learning with these simple ideas! 

Garden Activities for Kids

 

This week my kids start back to school, albeit online.  We have been told their expected instructional/learning time will be minimal so I wanted to have a plan to do some fun thematic activities, especially for my kindergartener.  I thought I would share this simple weekly activity plan with you so that you could join us in doing some of these activities as well!

 

My plan is to provide these activity plans on a weekly basis.  However, we are also in the process of moving so I can’t promise it will happen each week!

 

These garden activities for kids aren’t necessarily all about planting a garden, although we certainly hope to do that.  But we also are learning a variety of academic concepts using the theme of flowers and gardens.

 

(Psst… I have a notoriously black thumb so I am hoping we will have success with the first year of a vegetable garden!)

 

Garden-Themed Activities for Kids

Download the Activity Guide Here

 

Read:

Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

 

As all of the libraries are currently closed due to the pandemic, you can either purchase these books or watch them being read aloud here:  Tops and Bottoms and Planting a Rainbow.

 

Write:

I have created three writing prompts that can be downloaded here.

In addition, the Consonant Digraph Garden is helpful in teaching your child about digraphs!

 

 

Math:

Flower Patterning in Lemongrass-Scented Playdough

Plant a Number Line Math Game (from 123Homeschool4Me)

Spring Counting Mat (from The Measured Mom)

Counting Carrots (could also create using simple addition, from Housing a Forest)

 

Science:

Baseball Card Sleeve Seed Planter

Parts of a Flower in Playdough (from Lessons4LittleOnes.com)

 

Art:

Wildflower Seed Bombs

Coffee Filter Flowers

 

Play:

Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt:  Grab a small bag and our printable and head out on a nature scavenger hunt!

Mud Playdough

Garden Sensory Tub (from Mess for Less)

 

 

 

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Baseball Card Sleeve Seed Planter

Watch your plants take root by making this simple seed planter using a baseball card sleeve!  

Baseball Card Sleeve Seed Planter

 

This activity is an oldie but a goodie!  We originally made these sleeve planters way back in 2011 when we were discussing Day 3 of Creation:  Flowers, Plants, and Seeds!  But I thought this fun activity deserved a post of its own.

 

Now that my boys are a bit older, we have so many baseball/basketball/football card sleeves lying all over the house.  The neat thing about this planter is that the roots are extremely visible as the seed begins to sprout.  Obviously, the seeds will outgrow this planter fast but it is a fun way to study how seeds begin to grow.

 

Materials for Baseball Card Sleeve Seed Planter:

Baseball Card Sleeves

-Straws

-Potting Soil

Suction cups with hooks

Pipettes or Syringes

 

Use a spoon or small shovel to put the dirt in the small compartments.  Put the suction cup hook through the hole in the baseball card sleeve.  Hang on the window.

 

 

Cut a small piece off a plastic straw and place in the center of each baseball sleeve compartment.  Gently place a seed in each straw and remove the straw, covering each seed with dirt.

 

Use a syringe or medicine dropper to add a little bit of water each day, just enough to get the dirt damp.  Watch as the seed begins to sprout and roots begin to grow!

 

Once your plant has outgrown the seed starter, feel free to repot to a more suitable location.