Need a simple kid’s craft to do? How about making a diy chia pet? I know my kids like to plant seeds and watch for them to grow. I know I’m always amazed at how such a tiny seed can grow and produce food for us. It’s fun for the kids to be able to experience that too. If you don’t have room for a garden this is a great project for the kids.
We found this project over at Pinterest. If you’re on Pinterest, I would love to have you follow me, you can click here to do just that. My kids searched for some fun summer projects to try and this is one they found.
This project was a quick to make one, but then came the waiting for the seeds to germinate. Which for little ones can be a little trying. But it only took about 2 days for the wheat grass to start growing nicely. We actually could see the roots start to form through the sides of the bottle before the sprouts poke thought the top of the soil. Which was very cool.
We didn’t have any chia seeds so we opted to use a few wheat grass seeds my daughter had leftover from a fairy garden kit she received as a present. I’m all for using what you have so we used the wheat grass instead of chia seeds. I also like how our chia pet turned out with fun spiky hair.
Items You’ll Need for the DIY Chia Pet
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How to Make the DIY Chia Pet
Step One, This is best done by the adult, cut the 2 liter pop bottle in half. I used a serrated bread knife to cut ours in half. But scissors would work too. I found the bread knife made a nice clean cut.
Step Two, If your bottle cap has writing on it you’ll want to paint the bottle cap or use a sharpie to color it.
Step Three, Glue the eyes and bottle cap nose onto the bottom half of the pop bottle you cut in step one. We used a hot glue and it worked great.
Step Four , In the bottom portion of the pop bottle add the potting soil and pack it in almost to the top.
Step Five, Sprinkle the seeds on the top of the soil. Then add a little more soil on top.
Step Six, Water well.
Step Seven, Watch and wait for the seeds to grow.
Our wheat grass seeds took about two days to germinate. Then about 5 days to get to a nice height. I think this chia pet turned out looking really cute.
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