Contributed by Denise Romeo, We Like To Cook!
Kids love crafts. Kids love pudding. Imagine an edible craft project that actually teaches kids about planting and growing seeds. This fun activity allows your little ones to play in the dirt and eat it too while learning how April showers bring May flowers.
Small candy item (Jelly beans, M&Ms, chocolate chips, raisins)
Chocolate wafers, crushed
Start the project by having kids draw petals for the flowers on craft paper and cut them out with safety scissors (or have grown-ups cut the petals) and tape them to the lollipops. For a stained glass effect you can cut the center out of the flower for the lollipop to show through. Set the flowers aside until the seeds have been planted and it is time for the flowers to “bloom.”
In small cups, scoop in chocolate pudding about two-thirds full; explain that this is the subsoil where the roots of the seeds will absorb water. Life Hack: If you are doing this project with a larger group, pre-packaged pudding cups work perfectly!
Plant the seeds by placing pieces of candy on top of the pudding. Then cover the “seeds” with the cookie dirt. Add a few gummy worms to the top since worms help to keep the soil healthy by bringing nutrients and minerals from below to the surface and aerating the roots kind of like air conditioning.
Next scatter sprinkles over the top of the dirt as though it is raining on the seeds. This is a good time to explain that plants need water and sun to grow.
Have the little gardeners place their flowers in the dirt and your May flowers are done!
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