DIY Plant a Kiss

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I was so touched by this simple book that I just had to come up with a "plant a kiss" activity.  If you complete this activity in the next couple months or so, your students may well have a blooming (or at least growing) delight to share with their families for Easter, Earth Day, or Mother's Day.  The project starts with making "kiss packets" (or in other words) a variation on seed tape.  




Items to Gather:


  • Paper towel, toilet paper, or tissue paper
  • Pink or red tempera paint and a small paint brush
  • Toilet paper roll (empty)
  • Corn starch and water
  • Flower seeds (one package)
  • White paper cups
  • Round (colored) price labels


Instructions:



Step 1:  Fold the toilet paper rolls in half so that the ends look like big lips.




Step 2:  Put tempera paint on a paper plate and use the toilet paper roll to stamp kisses on your toilet paper, thin white paper towels or white tissue paper.  Let the printed paper dry.




Step 3:  Mix 1 Tbs. water with 1 Tbs. corn starch.  It will make a gluey substance.





Step 4:  Cut the printed and dried paper towels (or other paper) into 1.5 inch strips.

Step 5:  Paint the center of each strip with the corn starch and water mixture.  Drop about 3-5 seeds in the wet corn starch mixture. This will help the seeds stick and stay in place.





Step 6:  Fold the paper towel over and press down firmly capturing the seeds in the corn starch.  Trim the strip to include only the section with the seeds.  You now have a neat little "kiss packet" of seeds to plant.




Step 7:  Decorate a paper cup with pink or red price dots/labels.  Hint # 1: It's not a bad idea to limit the number of dots that each child gets... if you know what I mean.




Step 8:  Fill the paper cup with moist potting soil to about the three quarter mark and lay the seed packet on top of the moist soul.   Cover the packet with about 3/4 of an inch of additional soil.





Your African Daisies are now ready to be loved, watered and bathed by sunlight for the next 5-10 days.  Hint # 2:  I ALWAYS plant about 5-7 extra cups that I tend at home.  Should a child's seeds not germinate I sneak (yes, I said sneak) into the classroom at about day 11 or 12 and substitute my plants with the ones that have not yet sprouted.  It's so disappointing when everyone is taking a plant home and one or two children are taking home only a cup of dirt- OUCH! 



Enjoy!!!

Granny



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