This is what we did:
- I cut the tops off 2 liter soda bottles and then cut a jagged edge on each to resemble a hatched egg.
- I bought Easter stickers, and colored glass gems (from the Dollar Store). I then cut coffee filters to fit inside the bottles and put the stickers, gems, and a coffee filter into a bag for each child.
- I also bought Cat Grass seed packets (from Linders), and little foam stick eggs and plastic chick eggs (from the Dollar Store). I had enough potting soil on hand so I didn't need to purchase more.
- We put their names on the bottoms of their bottles with a marker.
The children decorated the outside of their bottles with the stickers, put their gems inside the bottles (for drainage and they also looked pretty), then each put a coffee filter on top of the gems to hold the soil in place.
They added soil and sprinkled a generous amount of seed on top. They then pressed the seed into the soil. Each packet of Cat Grass seed was enough for two bottles. I chose Cat Grass because it's pretty, it grows 4" tall, and sprouts in 5-10 days (not too long for them to wait, I hope). The children then moistened their seeds and were instructed to continue watering them at home; but if they saw water in the gems at the bottom, they've over watered and should stop watering for a while.
My "Grand"kids finished their craft by adding their stick foam eggs and plastic chicks. They did a great job following directions and there was very little cleanup. I LOVED seeing their proud faces!