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We Tried It! How To Make DIY Seed Bombs

A few weeks ago, I saw a video for these adorable little diy seed bombs. I made sure to save it so that Miss Bean and I could make some of our own. We soon needed some gifts for a family gathering, and I decided that these would be the perfect solution.

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Luckily, we already had most of the supplies on hand. We just needed a packet of wildflower seeds. Funny enough, we had sent away for some seeds to help bring back the honey bees, and they just happened to arrive in our mailbox the exact day we needed them!

It was meant to be!

To make these seed bombs, you just need some paper, a muffin tin, a food processor, and some wildflower seeds.

I realize that you can just watch the video, but I broke down the steps here so you could see our results as well 🙂

First take your paper and tear it into tiny pieces. We filled a small bowl about halfway with our paper scraps.

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Next, pour water to coat your paper pieces.

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Let that sit for about 15 minutes.

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Next, put the paper in a colander and use a sponge or a towel to help soak up the excess water.

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Then, put your paper into the food processor, and grind them up into shredded pieces.

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Aren’t all of the colors fun?!

Press and pack your shredded paper into muffin tins.

I just used basic muffin tins, but if you have some that are fun shapes, those will make your seed bombs look even cuter!

Pour your wildflower seeds over the top of each seed bomb, and then add the rest of your shredded paper as a top layer, and pack the paper down.

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Then let them sit and dry for 24-48 hours.

Once they are dry, they are ready to go!

Since they were gifts and we needed to wrap them somehow, we made little baskets out of muffin liners and used pipe cleaners to make little handles.

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Just drop them where you would like your flowers to grow and wait for the sprouts to happen!

 

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These were fun and very easy to make. The hardest part was just waiting for them to dry!

My daughter really enjoyed helping to create such a fun gift, and it was easy on our budget.

She was especially happy to hear from her great grandmother that her seed bombs had already started to sprout!

Happy planting!

xo Melissa

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Nature Scavenger Hunt – Free Printable!

nature scavenger hunt pin graprhicThis last week the teenager shared his back to school germs with all of us. We spent the entire week sneezing, coughing and needing lots of naps.

Needless to say, I did not manage to do much with my crafting, or blog. However, we did get our school work done. Yay for being able to learn in pj’s!

So what what do you do when everyone is feeling crummy, but also getting stir crazy? We decided to take a field trip to our favorite park, 100 Acres, near the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Before we left, I created a simple nature scavenger hunt sheet for Miss Bean to complete while we wandered the grounds.

The goal?  Spot the items on the list and check them off. Simple, yet fun.

A walk in the woods did wonders for our moods. Even if it was just for a short while, the fresh air and green nature surrounding, made us forget our sniffles.

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Miss Bean enjoyed having a to-do list, and got very excited when she found something to check off.

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Going on our nature scavenger hunt gave us a reason to slow down and observe. We spotted things hidden away that we typically might not notice. Such as these webs that we spotted among the plants on the ground.

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It also paired quite well with our plant and seed unit this month. Miss Bean was able to see so many different types of leaves, plants, and seeds. She even created her own game. With each leaf she found on the ground, she tried to match it to a nearby tree.

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This time, we documented our finds with pictures. Next time, I would like to create a little box for her to be able to collect a few of her finds. We definitely have to do it again, as she did not spot a snake on this walk.

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This Mantis was our favorite discovery. Because he looked like a stick, he was hard to find. But once we did, he let us watch him for a long time.

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Hopefully our photos inspired you to go on your own nature scavenger hunt. Share your favorite sightings in the comments!

Do you want your own checklist? I created a free printable for you to download and use for your own adventure.

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Plant Lessons: Adventures of Miss Bean

This week, we kicked off the homeschool adventures of Miss Bean with plant lessons. It is quite hard to say goodbye to lazy summer days, and get back into a school day routine. However, we managed to ease back into it by staying in our pj’s during morning work and taking lots of wiggle break dance parties.

This year, the big goal is for Miss Bean to be able to read independently. Therefore, there will be lots of sight word practice. To help with this, we have been using Bob books, and also making visits to the library for simple readers. She enjoys using Starfall as well, so we have been working through the lessons that they provide online.

During the next two weeks, the theme will be plants, seeds and growth. I’ve found fun activities in math, reading and science to keep with our subject.  Jack and the Beanstalk is the story that we are using to go along with our lessons and experiments. We also have several books from the library about plants, cycles, and seeds.

This week, we started our first experiment; which is growing a beanstalk. First, Miss Bean placed a lima bean in a mason jar along with some damp cotton balls. Next, she colored and cut out a castle, and taped it to a stick.  By doing this, it will help her observe how high her seed will grow.

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We found that the glass jar is perfect for her frequent check-ins. She is very excited to observe that the seed is already beginning to open up!

Next week, I have a few more fun science lessons planned. We will dissect a seed, create a shoe box maze, and will also learn about how plants absorb water. I even have a snack time planned out, in which she will eat the parts of a plant.

Math is not one of Miss Bean’s favorite subjects. So, for one of our math activities, I made up a dice game to help illustrate the concept of more and less. I made a simple beanstalk themed sheet. Then, we roll the dice, write and tally or diagram our numbers. Whoever ends up with the most numbers in the more category, wins! (You can download the worksheet too: moreorlessbeanstalkworksheet)

Finally, to help Miss Bean learn more about numbers, I drew a flower. Again, she rolled the dice and added the numbers together. Next, she wrote the number in the center, and used each petal to either tally, add, subtract, diagram, spell, or fill in a ten frame. Having multiple visual examples is always the best way for her to pick up on things.

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Next week, we will do these activities a few more times, as well as  working on number sequencing.

I feel that our first week was a success and that Miss Bean seemed positive about it too. We are both looking forward to our lessons for the second week of exploring the world of plants. Since our weather is not supposed to be quite as hot, I have a nature walk scavenger hunt planned. I will share the printable I created next week, so be sure to check back in on our adventures!

 

 

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