Today we thought we'd end the week by getting messy! One of my favorite things to do when I was a kid was to play in the mud. These days, kids don't get nearly enough opportunities to get messy so I thought I'd give them a chance to experience some of that joy. We made seed balls using a "recipe" I found from a Pinterest link We modified it a little and didn't follow the exact measurements but I think the results will be the same.
We thought the air dry red clay might mix a little better if it was in smaller pieces so each child got to use a metal grater to grate their block of clay.
They sifted dirt from the compost to remove sticks, stones, and any unwanted critters
Dirt was added to the clay.
|about a cup of water was added|
|sprinkled in a couple of packets of wildflower seeds|
Then we let the fun begin! The children spend about a half hour playing in the mud rolling it into the seed balls.
In total we used about 2 1/2 pounds of air dry red clay, 6 cups of dirt and two cups of water. The yield was 83 meatball sized seed balls. This project is a creative way to get children to explore dirt and seeds. Once dry these "balls" can be thrown anywhere the children would like to seed wildflowers grow. This practice also has a little history which can be further explored here.
The children continue to observe and explore the garden, we did a successive planting of peas, and growth continues to be abundant.
Seeds are the topic for next week.