Hi! Past-life early childhood educator coming through!
Here’s a fun little activity to do with your kids which is super easy and super fast to see changes and growth:
It’s best done in mason jars (or any recycled glass jar) so the roots can be seen developing and growing – opening up educational opportunities to discuss how all plants grow with the visual reinforcement to really understand it. Wheatgrass takes about a week from germination to long blades of grass growing, so it’s great because there’s a fast turn-around. Plus the grass can be chopped and popped in your morning smoothie!
what you’ll need:
- glass jars
- soil/potting mix
- sprouting wheat (available from health food stores – I bought a bag for about $3)
- spray bottle filled with water
Soak the wheat overnight in room temperature water.
Add soil to the jars, filling to about 3/4 full. Drain the wheat from the water it was soaking in, then spoon about two tablespoons of wheat per jar. Don’t put too thick of a layer of wheat or the bottom ones may get mouldy. Spritz lightly with a spray bottle of water and then cover with plastic wrap. Place on your kitchen counter in a bright but shady spot (not direct sunlight) – window ledges work well.
Spritz with a spray bottle of water morning and night. Don’t go too heavy here as you don’t want the soil getting waterlogged! After the first day or so the wheat should be sprouting – remove the plastic wrap.
Continue spritzing with water twice a day and very soon, the roots and grass begin to grow — it’s very exciting for young kids to watch!
Once it gets going it grows so fast it is literally an inch or more per day. My kids loved not only the watering part, but also seeing how fast it grows and how the roots look through the glass.
After about a week, you should have something which looks like this:
You can juice the wheatgrass, add it to your smoothie or just keep it as a burst of green life on your table or windowsill.
Giving the wheat grass a ‘haircut’ is also fun as you can trim it and it will continue to grow. Once the grass is at least 4 inches long, take some scissors and snip (leave about 2 inches on the grass).
It is really simple activity to do, happens quickly, and it does look pretty all lined up on the table – especially when we’re heading into winter and a burst of green is always appreciated.