Paper seed tray
15 minute Craft planner
Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the items used in this activity.
You will need:
Paper planter template (see Printables)
Bird template (see Printables)
Green pipe cleaners
Sterilised potting compost
Washed gravel or small pebbles
Fast germinating seeds such as radishes, cress, cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower
Jug of water or water spray bottle
How to prepare:
Print and cut out sufficient templates for one per child. Make a sample ‘paper planter’ so the children know what they are making.
How to make:
1. Cut the strip off the side of your template. Fold the template into quarters and then open it out again.
2. Turn the template over. Fold the four corners into the centre.
3. Turn the template over again and fold the four corners into the centre.
4. Carefully turn your folded template into a paper chatterbox.
5. Turn your chatterbox upside down to make a ‘paper planter’ with four compartments.
6. Put a small handful of stones into the 'thin soil' and 'the hard footpath' sections. Put a teaspoon of soil into the 'thorns' section with a coiled pipe cleaner on top. Sprinkle some soil on the stones in the 'thin soil' section and place three teaspoons of soil in the 'rich soil' section.
7. Cut out and colour in the bird template. Stick the bird onto a paper clip using sticky tape.
8. Slide the paper clip onto the 'hard footpath' section.
Now you are ready to sow your seeds. Place a pinch of seeds into each of the sections and spray with a tiny amount of water. In the three sections that already contain soil sprinkle a little more soil on top of the seeds.
Over the next few days you should begin to see some tiny shoots appear in your paper planter – watch carefully to see in which section the healthiest shoots begin to grow.
Alongside this craft, teach the Bible story...