Lucky Shamrock Sprouts
What You’ll Need:
- Compressed sponge (We chose green)
- Water Mister (Small spray bottle)
- Seed packet (Quick-sprout seeds, such as cress or alfalfa)
- Shallow plate
- Plastic wrap OR Container
Instructions on how to make shamrock sprouts:
1. Trace a shamrock shape onto the compressed sponge with a sharpie. Dampen the sponge so it expands, and squeeze out any extra water. Then, use the scissors to cut out the shape (we found that it is easier to cut the sponge when wet). 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. Place in a sunny window.
2. Your seeds should sprout in a few days. During the night, cover the sponge lightly with plastic wrap or plastic container to help it stay moist. During the day, place your sponge in a sunny spot, making sure the sponge stays wet — use the water mister to lightly water the sponge.
3. Soon you should have your very own sprout garden! The kids loved watching their sprouts grow, and they thought it was fascinating that seeds could grow without soil!
*For a variety, draw and cut out different shapes from the compressed sponge. You can even try sprinkling seeds over specific areas of the sponge. Example, you could cut out a shape that looks like a person’s head and sprinkle the seeds over the area where hair would grow. Then you could draw on a face with markers.
Thanks for this guest post Amanda H.
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