Teaching your children how to make things grow has never been so fabulous. With this spring activity, they will literally grow like weeds! (Well, their names anyway.)
Grow Your Own Name is a creative garden activity exerted from Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars: Grandma’s Bag of Tricks by Sharon Lovejoy, and featured on FamilyFun.
You don’t need much; a shallow pan, some wheat berry seeds (which are available at natural food stores like The Big Carrot in Toronto), soil, water and lots of sunshine. Alphabet cookie cutters would also be helpful to use as guidelines for the letters of your child’s name, but they aren’t completely necessary. Lovejoy also suggests just misting your little seeds until they grow roots.
This activity isn’t all cuteness and does serve some educational purposes. You can use this activity as an opportunity to teach your child about the letters of the alphabet, how to spell their name and how things grow. Depending on the age of your child, you could also explain the science behind the growth.
Place the pan in a windowsill that gets lots of sunshine and watch as your little sprout’s name begins to grow!