I found this great article on how to grow sprouts on a sponge. We thought it would be fun to try making our own St. Patrick’s Day Chia Pets. It was so simple, and my kids loved their little shamrock sprout sponges.
To make your own Shamrock Sprouts, you will need:
A household sponge (we choose green sponges)
Seed packet (we used lettuce, spinach, and broccoli seeds)
A water mister
Trace a shamrock shape onto the dry sponge with sharpie. Cutting the sponge was a bit more difficult for the kids, but with perseverance they managed. We found the sponges were easier to cut when wet. Also, the kids used adult scissors because theirs were not sharp enough.
Soak the sponge once again, you want the sponge to be damp, but not dripping. Scatter the seeds across the top of the sponge, gently poking the seeds into the holes. We tried growing spinach, broccoli and lettuce seeds. Place in a sunny window. Keep the sponge moist by misting with water, don’t let the seeds dry out. We found it helpful to turn a clear plastic container over the plate at night to keep the moisture in. During the day the kids wanted to check on the progress, so we left the plastic off. Mist often with a water sprayer.
Soon you should have your very own sprout garden. I can’t wait for the snow to melt, but for now this little cheery garden will have to do. The kids loved watching their sprouts, and they thought it was interesting that seeds could grew without soil.
Here is a link to a fun list of great experiments that my kids love.
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