Activity:

Plant Your Name with Seeds

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What You Need:

  • Aluminum baking or roasting tray, preferably at least 3” deep by 14” long
  • Sand (a bit from the sandbox will work just great)
  • Potting soil
  • Packet of fast-growing seeds (we prefer early red globe radishes)

What You Do:

  1. Have your young reader help you spoon about 3/4” of sand into a layer on the bottom of your aluminum baking tray. (This will be a water drainage layer).
  2. Cover the sand with an additional 2” or so of potting soil.
  3. Now have some writing fun: with a finger or a stick, have your child trace her name in large, block letters. (If she has a really long name, consider a shorter nickname, or even better, her initials!)
  4. In the “trench” made by this letter tracing, plant your radish seeds approximately 1” apart. Cover them with soil, sprinkle with water, and place in a sunny window.
  5. Keep your soil damp, and watch the soil for the next few days. Within a week, you should see baby seedlings and beautiful letters, too!

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