Family Time Calendar: Get Smart - iVillage

Kids learn about letters and how things grow when they fill a pot with dirt and write their names in grass seed on top. No mowing required.


What you'll need:

  • Plastic window box liner or plant pot (depending on the length of your child's name)
  • Water
  • Bag of soil
  • Wooden spoon
  • Small bag of grass seed

What you'll do:

Fill the container three-quarters full with soil. Add enough water to moisten the dirt, but don't swamp it. Let your kids mix it all up.

Smooth the top of the soil as best you can, but don't pack it down. Using the top of a wooden spoon, guide your child's hand as you write out his or her name in big block letters in the soil (use your judgment regarding how much to help them with this part), and sprinkle the indentations you've made with the grass seed. Lightly water the soil, and then be sure to have your kids water it each day. Within a few days their names will appear in lights... we mean, grass!

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