DIY TODDLER VALENTINE'S: Beet Seed Starters
YOU ARE SURE TO MAKE YOUR VALENTINE'S HEART SKIP A BEET!
"Love is the flower you've got to let grow" (John Lennon)... This is the first year that Dean is in school for Valentine's Day and it happens to fall at the same time as the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat. Tu Bishvat translated literally means, "New Year of the Trees." In contemporary Israel, the day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration. I wanted to incorporate a sensory activity for the Valentine's Day gifts he would be giving to his classmates at pre-school, something that the kids could be a part of and learn from. I came up with this fun mix of the two, a seed starter kit that can be planted directly into the soil after the seeds have sprouted. Whether you are making these with your kids or are on the receiving end, it's an engaging gift that educates the kiddos about the gardening process and how food grows!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- A bag of light weight seed starter mix.
- A tea spoon.
- Small sized plantable pots.
- A few bags of Beet seeds.
- Plant labels (preferably ones that have a hole punched out of the end so you can pull the string through to hang as a tag on the finished gift).
- A gold and black permanent marker.
- A roll of cellophane (clear wrapping paper).
- A roll of ribbon.
1. Start by filling up the pots 1/2 way with the soil.
TIP: Using a small tool like a tea spoon is a lot more useful than a gardening shovel, especially for your little one's hands.
2. Next add in 2-5 beets seeds in the center (or as close to the center if your toddler is helping).
3. Fill up the other half of the pot with the soil.
4. Cut out a piece of clear wrapping paper/cellophane into a 5 x 5 inch square, and place the pot in the middle.
5. Cut out a piece of string to about 6-8 inches and wrap in a double knot, and write out the phrase "you make my heart (the shape) skip a BEET (in all caps)" on your plant label.
6. String the plant label through the hole, and tie in a bow.
7. Lastly, you can choose to write the watering instructions on the other side of the label/tag, or separately. Instructions read:(Days to emerge: 5-20) Keep in sunlight and water gently daily, making sure the soil stays damp but not soaked. Later transplant to a larger pot with loose soil when the plant fills in the initial vessel, make sure to separate the roots and plant them with a spacing of 4” between each other. Continue to water the same way.