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March 18, 2015 Step-by-Step: Eggshell Planters By Genia Connell
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    Each year we plant seeds and watch them sprout. We’ve done this in pots, baggy gardens, and even in greenhouses made of plastic water bottles. Last year I decided to take another approach — the eggshell planter! Inspired by a late night Chia Head commercial, I thought it would be fun for my students to sprout seeds and create their own little egg pal at the same time. The steps were pretty easy. I prepared the eggs ahead of time at home, then my students decorated and “planted” their seeds the next day. Watch the video below to see the step-by-step process.

    Step-by-Step: Make an Eggshell Planter

    Crack off the top of an uncooked egg with the tip of a sharp knife.

    eggshell planters step-by-step


    Pour out the inside, then put the eggshell aside. My family had scrambled eggs for dinner that night!


    Rinse the eggshell under running water and let air dry.


    Optional: Last year I used some leftover Easter egg dye to color some of the eggshells for a little more pizzazz. This year I kept them plain and they looked just as cute!


    Draw a face on your eggshell or add adhesive googly eyes.


                                                Put a piece of moist paper towel inside and tamp it down, then                                          sprinkle the seeds inside and wait for them to sprout. Last year I used regular grass seed, and this year I used cat grass seed for a different look. 


    Place your eggshells in a sunny spot, and wait patiently for about two to three weeks to see the "hair" peeking out. 

    Tips and Lessons Learned

    • Keep the paper towels moist or the seeds will dry out quickly.

    • Make extra eggs. The shells are fragile and not all kids are as careful with them as we wish they'd be. 

    • Use permanent markers for faces. Some of my students used regular marker and it smeared.

    • Keep the egg carton to hold the planters while the seeds grow. They'll tip over in other containers!

    • Allow four to six weeks for your eggheads to get a full head of hair. 


    Free Printable Resources

    Below are some free, printable resources to complement your eggshell planters from Scholastic Printables


    I hope you enjoy making these cute, little planters with your class as much as I did with mine.    




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