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Earth Day With My Littles

Happy Earth Day!

My daughter couldn’t wait to celebrate the Earth today, She’s been talking about it all morning!

I had some plans for outdoor fun, but we’ve had some SERIOUS rain and with Spring Showers comes… well… COLD. We may bundle up and venture outside for some puddle jumping later though! Instead of outdoor fun we started the day with watching Moana, per Ada’s request and talking about the Ocean. We discussed the ocean life and why it is SO important to keep the ocean clean. Then we busted out a coloring page (found here) and discussed how we can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and what each of those mean. We talked about reusing things in our home for new purposes.

For our examples today we did one of Ada’s favorite crafts, taking paper towel and toilet paper rolls to make bird feeders. This was something I remember loving as a kid too! We simply put almond butter on the tubes and rolled in bird seed and hung from string. We LOVE watching all of the birds in our yard, we get a LOT of Cardinals, Blue Jays and of course Robins.

Another example we used today was taking an old milk jug and turning it into a watering can! Ada LOVES helping me water the plants and little potted herbs we have around the yard so this was a perfect example of taking something we would normally throw away, and reusing it for a new purpose.

For a little science lesson, we took a few of our seeds from our Heirloom Seed Kid from Sproutbrite and did a fun Seed Jar! These seeds will most definitely be used for our raised beds once this wet weather leaves us, but I thought this would be a great way for Ada to see the growth process from seed, to sprout, to root and then she can plant them!

    

What you need is EASY!

  • Seeds
  • Mason jar or clear glass
  • Paper Towel
  • Water

First thing you need to do is stuff your mason jar with the paper towels, and I mean stuff that bad boy because once you add the water they will condense a bit.

Next Add the Water

We used our new milk jug watering can, its the perfect size for her sweet little hands!

Then choose your seeds. The awesome thing about this kit from Sproutbrite is that you get to see all of the different sizes, shapes and colors of the seeds. So we went with tomato, cucumber and onion seeds because they all look SO different and we cant wait to see what they look like when they sprout!

This next part is a job for you, mom and dad. You want to take the seeds and place them a decent distance apart, between the glass and the paper towel.

Tomato seed is to the left, cucumber is in the middle and onion seed is on the left, see what I mean about the difference? Who knew onion seeds were black and the shape of a little pebble? Not me!

Now just sit back and wait for the results, check back every day to see if there is any progress! Once we have some good roots we are going to carefully try and transfer them!

Check back here in a few weeks with updated photos and to see our progress.

Happy Earth Day!

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