On Tuesday, the kids and I started a “He is Risen” garden. This is based on an idea that I saw on a facebook homeschool group. The project is a simple one but will be pretty at Easter. I also love that the kids will be able to watch as the seeds sprout and grow. If you would like to make one for Easter season with your little ones, start soon as it takes about 10-14 days for grass to grow from seed.
For the garden, you need a large saucer like those used for potted plants, a small flower pot, soil, grass seed, small twigs, dental floss or thread, large flat rock, and a spray bottle of water. We used soil from our yard for this project so that we could better form the shape of the garden landscape.
To begin, place a small layer of soil in the saucer. Lay the Small flower pot on it’s side. Finish filling the saucer with soil, mounting it over the flower pot to form a hill. Be sure to keep the inside of the flower pot empty. After the kids formed the landscape, they next will spray the soil with water to make it easier for the grass seed to stick to it. Scatter the grass seed over the soil. The kids went a bit nuts in this and left no soil showing! LOL After scattering the seeds, mist again with water to dampen the seeds. Place in a sunny location. Have the little ones spray the garden with water several times a day to keep seeds moist.
Over the next couple of weeks we will be adding the rock in front of the tomb (empty flower pot) and making 3 crosses from the twigs and thread. We are going to be working on a devotional about the Easter story. The kids will be placing the 3 crosses on the hill behind the tomb. It will make a nice visual of the garden scene.
On a science note: the kids will be able to watch the growth of the grass from seed. Every couple of days, as they take turn watering the seeds, they can observe the changes. If I were to do this project again, I might consider using an old spice bottle with shaker lid to sprinkle on the grass seed. It would be less messy and the kids would use far less seeds.
After the garden was set in the sun, the kids had fun scattering the leftover grass seed over the thin spots in their play yard. They have looked forward to this project and getting to toss seeds across the yard was an extra bit of fun for them.