For The Kids

Kids love to create and play. Here are some really fun projects for kids that are easy and creative too

Hanging Basket Carrot

Great for a window garden!

Cut about 2 inches off of a Big, Thick carrot top. Break off the green leaves. Make 3 holes about 1/2 inches from the cut edge with a thin nail. Hollow out the center of the carrot with a sharp knife. Get help if needed. Be very careful when hollowing out the carrot not to get too near the outside. Tie 3 pieces of string in the nail holes, and hang your carrot basket in the window. Keep the hollow part filled with water. Watch for leaves to sprout from the upside-down carrot top. They will turn upward as they grow!

Easter Basket Grass

Make this about two weeks before Easter!

Line your Easter basket with aluminum foil. Put in a layer of pebbles on the bottom for good drainage. Add potting soil * up to 1 inch from the top of the basket top. Plant grass seeds (or flowers or herb seeds if you like). When your plants grow tall hide your Easter eggs and candy among them.

Happy Easter Egg Hunt!!

* If you don't want soil in your basket, put a layer of cotton on the foil. Sprinkle seeds on. Keep cotton moist and the seeds will sprout!

Seeds On A Sponge

Watercress, beans, grass and sunflowers grow fast this way

Soak the sponge in water and put it on a saucer. It is fun to put the sponge on a plastic toy too such as a basket, egg or truck bed. Sprinkle the seeds on top of the damp sponge.  Press the seeds down gently so they will be dampened. Keep the sponge moist. Check it everyday. When leaves start to grow put the container in a sunny window.

Peanut Plant

Best grown in a warm area with plenty of sunlight.

Soak peanuts that are bought in a health food store in water overnight. Take the shells off carefully. Do not tear the brown covering that is over the nut.  Plant Virginia peanuts 10 inches  apart 2 inches deep, plant Spanish peanuts 5 inches apart, 2 inches deep in light, fluffy soil. Water well. In about 2 weeks you should see the top growth of the plants. Flowers will appear on the plants. When the flowers drop off, pegs develop. The pegs drop into the soil to ripen. Keep your plants well-watered until 2 weeks before harvest. In about 3 1/2 months your peanut plants will be ready to pick. Loosen the soil around each plant. Pull up the plant and shake the dirt off the peanuts. The peanuts will be on the vine. Put them in a warm, dry place out of the sunlight for 2-3 weeks. Then pick the peanuts off the vine.

To roast the peanuts in the shell turn the oven to 300 F. Put the peanuts on a shallow baking pan like a cookie sheet with a thin layer of cooking oil on it. Roast for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Take them out, cool them a little bit then crack them open and eat them! Yummy!

Crystal Garden

These crystals grow like plants!

You will need an adult to help with the handling of the chemicals in this project.

You will need:
2-3 charcoal briquettes
A throw away pan and bowl
1 cup water
1/4 cup salt
1/4 laundry bluing
1 tablespoon ammonia
Adult Help!

Put the briquettes in the pan. Mix the water, salt  bluing and ammonia in a bowl. Pour over the briquettes. Make sure some pieces of the briquettes stick out of the solution. Within one hour crystals will form. Soon they will cover the briquettes. But don't handle them they are fragile!

Cuke in a bottle

Cukes are fast growers and they are just made for a kid's garden! Let's try growing one in a bottle!!!

You need a 1 or 2 liter plastic soda pop bottle with holes poked in it for air vents.

Start seedlings of cukes and when they have formed tiny cukes insert them through the opening leaving them attached to the vine.

Keep shaded so the tiny cukes don't cook from the heat.

The cucumber will grow inside of the bottle for...



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