For her recent birthday, Miss 4 received a sprout growing kit and has now developed a formidable sprout growing obsession. Each morning she diligently harvests a new crop of sprouts, plants another round and waters (mummy is responsible for the evening watering). So far, she has tried her hand at pea shoots, alfalfa, red and white clover, chick peas, broccoli, soya beans and mung beans. She even enjoys eating them, which is great because I don't think that micro-greens are a food that all pre-schoolers are that fond of.
Sprouts are a rewarding crop for a small child to grow because they grow so quickly. Edible micro-greens are ready in under a week, usually around four days. You don't need a complicated set up like our seed sprouter trays, simply grab some seeds from your local nursery and place one tablespoon of them in a large clean jar. Cover the opening with a find cloth and secure, then add enough water to cover the seeds and soak overnight. In the morning, pour off the water through the cloth and replace; do this morning and night.
What do your children love to plant and grow?
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