Every spring, our preschool and kindergarten students welcome spring by growing baskets of grass. This annual hands-on project uses simple ingredients and is filled with magic, curiosity and wonder. It is fun for humans of all ages!
Gather the following supplies:
Basket with handle
Foil or plastic wrap
Jar or bowl for soaking
Step One - Soak the wheat berries overnight in a jar or bowl, with at least one inch of water covering the berries.
Step Two - Line the basket with either a layer of newspaper, foil or plastic wrap and fill with potting soil.
Step Three - Water until well moistened, careful to not over water, then sprinkle a single layer of wheat berries on top. Cover the wheat berries lightly with a sprinkle of soil.
Step Four - Move the basket to a bright window, with lots of indirect sunshine and keep moist by watering once to twice everyday. Using a spray bottle is a great way to keep the grass happy and moist.
The basket typically begins to sprout four to seven days after planting and will grow about an inch a day. By days seven to nine, you should have a beautiful basket of tall grass!
This is a wonderful spring decoration, a special gift to share with neighbors or even to share with a friendly bunny that is known for making home visits this time of year!