Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sprouting Egg Heads

Sprouting Egg HeadsThe Winter BazaarThis idea is not only fun for kids but healthy too (plus it gets me ready for some gardening). It'll make it easy to sneak some good stuff into their diet when they've grown it themselves.

I don't suppose I need to explain this but I'll give it a go anyway. Draw a face on an egg then crack off the top. Scramble the goodie inside for breakfast, whatever, it's the shell you want and once you've emptied it either drop a spoonful of potting soil in or cut a square piece of sponge, wet it and stick it in.

Sprinkle some seeds in there and set them in a sunny windowsill to watch them grow. Try alfalfa seeds or broccoli seeds for some extra nutritional punch (I just love the soft broccoli flavor of these guys and their packed with vitamins). Seeds should sprout in a few days, by the end of about a week you should have enough for a sweet little salad.

Any ideas for this final month of the Winter Bazaar? Only a couple weeks left so leave your link below.


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25 comments:

lamarguerite said...

Love the idea. Nothing wasted, plus you are teaching the kids about gardening, healthy eating, and also indirectly about green living.

As a mom, and green blogger, I feel we have so much responsibility towards our children, to prepare them for the environmental challenges ahead.

Thank you!

marguerite
http://lamarguerite.wordpress.com
'The Green Drop Project'

Phyllis Sommer said...

they are so darn cute! how did you get them to stand up so nicely?

Jason C said...

Those egg planters are great! I have an "egg guy" pretty close to me where I buy all of my eggs. I should show them these - they're really cool. How much fun would the kids have making these and watching them grow? We're eating the eggs anyway and composting the shells. This way they shells are the planter. I suppose if it were some other plant, you could even just put the shell in the ground when you're done - crack it a little and plant it.

Thanks for the cool tip.

-Jason
http://www.screamtobegreen.com
The Green Drop Project

Amber M. said...

I love how those cute little egg heads are bravely growing green stuff...when there is nothing but snow in the backyard. We're ready to start planting, too.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

I've made egg shell seedlings before but I've never thought of making funny faces on them. Fun idea.

Darin said...

hello michelle..
very nice tips about gardening..
egg shell also a good source of calcium, needed by the plant to grow, so the egg shell is not just a place, but also as source of nutrient for the plant to grow..

Tori said...

What a cute and simple idea, Love it!

Jen said...

Adorable! I, too, want to know how you got them to stand up so nicely??

Beth said...

Adorable!

Tama said...

What a great idea! I love little "grow the garden in the house" ideas!! My kids will love it.

Janet said...

This is a great idea. I grew oregano on the deck (also basil, chives, and tomatoes) and the Queen chowed down every day - she was 18 months old.

And I'll have you know I have been craving Krispy Kreme donuts ever since that post.

And you'll appreciate this conversation. We made snow cream on Saturday.
Hubby: So what do you do with the remaining half of the can of sweetened condensed milk?
Me: Eat it!
Hubby: How?
Me: With a spoon.
Hubby (pause): It's a good thing we're already married.

Scribbit said...

Ah you want all my secrets do you? :)

I taped metal washers on the ledge and they held the eggs nicely in place.

Like the snowy backyard? It's 80 here in Ft. Myers . . .

WomensDaily said...

Those are adorable!

Jen@BigBinder said...

The following have been coming up in every conversation I have lately:

kefir
home baked bread
clotheslines
sprouts

You have half of them with your last two posts! I love this idea, and so will my kids.

Melissa Markham said...

The egg heads are way too cute:)

Cocoa said...

We've done grass before but never thought of sprouts! Another DUH! moment for me. :D

Shelli said...

I love the eggs! I just bought some seed packets, so you've posted this just in time.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Michelle,
Such a wonderful idea for some creative works for kids. Kids do love this kind of activities. And the egg shells look so cute. Thanks for the post. God bless you and your loved ones always.

Lis Garrett said...

I love this idea and will definitely try it with my kids. Thanks!

Lilibeth said...

better than styrofoam cups anyway.

jen said...

We totally need to do this! Thanks for the reminder! It'll be a great weekend activity!

jubilee said...

Sooooo gonna try this at home!

luckyzmom said...

We bought a ceramic version of these for our two grandkids (sold at Fred Meyer) cause we thought they were such a clever idea. Will suggest they draw faces on them as you have.

chelle said...

What a fun Idea!

k said...

Love this idea! This post would be a perfect one to link up to "Twice the Fun Tuesday" at my site havingfunathomeblog.blogspot.com.

Twice the Fun is a weekly mr. linky about creative recycling that will start next Tuesday (Oct 14.) It would be great to see your post there!