I love this project so much! I have been teaching for quite a few years and I think I have had my class make these every single spring. This year was extra fun because my daughter is finally old enough to help me make chia pets at home. She has been learning all about how things grow in preschool, so this was the perfect afternoon project. After we planted the seeds she eagerly went and checked on them almost every hour to see if they were growing. When she spotted the first sprout she was SO excited!
This is such an easy project because you probably have all of the items that you need at home right now! It just takes some soil, a few egg shells and some chia seed. If you don’t have chia seed feel free to swap in some grass seed instead. I find that cracking the top 1/3 off an egg gives you plenty of eggshell to use as a little flowerpot. I had 6 eggshells, so I put them in half an egg carton to keep them upright. Once they were in the egg carton I filled them about 3/4 of the way up with some soil.
Next, I soaked about 2 teaspoons of chia in water overnight. Soaking the seeds helps to wake them up a bit and they will sprout much faster this way!
After the seeds had finished soaking, I layered some right on top of the soil in my eggshells.
I didn’t even put any soil on top of the seeds, they are fine just hanging out on top like that. I keep a spray bottle handy and my daughter gave them a good spritz of water every day. After about 2 days we noticed our first little sprout. After about a week our chia pet had grown quite a bit!
Once the chia had grown and looked like crazy hair, I grabbed a sharpie and drew a little face on it. You can decorate the egg shell however you want. If you are going to decorate it before planting be sure to use a sharpie! If you use washable markers the ink may run when you water your plants.
How cute is this? My daughter has been carrying her little chia pet around all afternoon, she loves it!
In the other 4 egg shells I planted some wildflower seeds that I got for free from feedabee.com. When the weather gets a little warmer in a few weeks I can plant the wildflowers (eggshells and all) in my garden. The eggshells should help fertilize my wildflowers when I plant them in the ground, I am really looking forward to the warmer weather!