Our two-year-old goes to school two mornings a week and though it was a winding, and at times difficult, road finding a classroom environment we felt comfortable with, we all absolutely adore his teachers and school. So as the year comes to and end, I wanted to do something special for them to let them know how much we appreciate them and all the hard work they do. (Because as cute as two-year-olds are, caring for a group of them all day, every day is no easy task! Obviously.)
I love DIY projects, especially when my kiddo can participate in the making part. I also love useful gifts so seed starts hearts fit the bill for both of those things. Not only are they super easy to make, they’ll leave a lasting impression as they bloom over the summer months!
1 cup Flour
1/4 Cup Cornstarch
1/4 cup Water (give or take)
A handful of Epsom salts
Seeds! I used organic Echinacea seeds because they’re beautiful flowers and what teacher doesn’t need an immune booster around?! I included directions on how to plant them but also how to use the echinacea once it blooms. If they’re into that sort of thing. If not, who cares it’s still a pretty flower to have around!
(Want them to have more color? Add some simple spices like cinnamon or paprika, or even a dash of spirulina.)
- Mix the flour, cornstarch, Epsom salts and water until it makes a play dough like consistency.
- Shape into whatever your heart desires. I used heart-shaped baking molds, but cookie cutters or even seed balls are fantastic!
- Sprinkle generously with seeds, or roll through a pile if making a ball. We made carrot seed balls for ourselves and my toddler absolutely loved rolling the dough through the tiny seeds.
- Let fully dry in a warm spot, but not in direct sunlight.
- Depending on the shape you make, you can poke small holes in them and add string once dried. That way, if your teachers aren’t gardeners they can hang them up as either decoration or a mini bird feeder.
- I wrapped them with some cute string and added a card that had planting instructions on one side and Echinacea-uses on the other. I also used some envelopes that my little dude stamped when we did our eggplant stamping last week. Bonus!
Here is our test run, drying:
Getting ready to wrap them with some of our eggplant-stamped papers…