Here's a fun indoor gardening project for the kids. Ever tried growing your own sprouts? And to make it even more interesting, you can craft your own scarecrows, fences, or sprout your sprouts in a recycled container that the kids have decorated. How about half a milk carton?
The sprouting method we used here doesn't necessarily produce the highest yield, when compared to other techniques, but it's simple and the kids can take care of it themselves.
- raw sunflower seeds (in their shell) or anything else that sprouts, like whole dried beans
- a little bit of dirt, enough to cover your "garden" with about 1/4" deep of soil
- a container to hold the above
- or if you live in Israel you can buy a kit at Shufersol in the veggies section!
Spread soil in container. Pour enough water over soil such that it is very moist but not muddy. Spread seeds or beans over the soil. Keep moist and wait. Ours took a week to start sprouting. But it was worth the wait, and with our scarecrow (made by my 8 year old daughter) watching over the crop, well it's just too adorable!
And by the way, you could also do something similar with grass seed for a longer lasting, non-edible project!