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This Wheatgrass Easter Egg is a great kid craft to do anytime in the spring, not just for Easter. It is inexpensive and easy to make – even little 3 year-old hands can do this; customizable to whatever you have – plastic egg, bucket, basket, whatever; quick and fun to do – who doesn’t like to play in the dirt; and very gratifying within a few days – children observe the growing seeds. If you want to do this for the holiday, you need to think ahead about 1 1/2 weeks. Easter changes every year, so be sure to check the calendar!
» Leak-proof Easter container – pail, bottle, cup, plastic-lined basket, etc. (I’m using a large plastic easter egg I found at my local dollar store. It came with a lid.)
» Plastic wrap or plastic lid
» Potting soil or vermiculite (I used potting soil from my last year garden pots.)
» Whole-wheat grain (I used 30 year old wheat I had in my food storage.)
Wheatgrass Easter Egg INSTRUCTIONS:
1. One to two weeks before Easter, fill container with soil or vermiculite to 1-2 inches below the top of the rim. Gently pat down.
2. Sprinkle a layer of wheat over the soil.
3. Pour water into container until water is barely visible beneath the wheat. Note: Drain or “bail” out some water if you accidentally add too much and the seeds are swimming.
4. Place lid or plastic wrap over the wheat.
5. Place container in a sunny spot (not in direct sunlight).
6. After 2-3 days, small sprouts should appear. Remove plastic top.
7. Watch your wheatgrass grow.
NOTE: During this process, if wheat appears to be dry, mist lightly with water.
8. In 7-10 days, you should have a velvety grass patch!!
I initially did this project with a group of women. We tied pretty ribbons around the eggs and shared them with family and neighbors to watch grow.
9. Add smaller plastic eggs or other little Easter characters in the wheatgrass, if desired. After the wheatgrass had grown in the egg that I kept for my own family, I placed in the grass colorful plastic eggs filled with jelly beans and other Easter favorites. IDEA: It could be fun to create a fairy scene.
A byproduct of this activity – Wheatgrass juice
Instead of throwing away your Wheatgrass Easter Egg, you could try making wheatgrass juice. You’ve got a good little crop to give it a try. Wheatgrass is gluten-free and is touted as one of the best super foods. Many believe that it can detoxify the body and improve digestion. Learn some basics about preparing this superfood by clicking here.