Seashells, walnut shells, eggshells, small twigs, pebbles, and other interesting natural items
What to do:
Using a pencil, help your child poke a few holes in the bottom of the tray for drainage. Together, fill the tray with a half- to one-inch of potting soil, sprinkle the soil with grass seed, and use the plastic fork to gently rake the seeds into the soil.
Let your child mist the soil with plenty of water. Place the tray near a sunny window. Help your child remember to water his garden every day with the spray bottle.
When the grass reaches about a half inch, bring out the stones, twigs, and shells. Encourage your child to use these materials to decorate his "garden." Invite him to use whatever other materials he'd like. Ask your child to talk about items he's using. Perhaps a twig represents a forest, a seashell filled with water is a pond, or a walnut shell is a nest. Encourage him to add to or change his garden as he chooses. If children would like to bring their "garden" in to show the class, invite them to do so.