Now that it’s spring and the sun is shining more and more each day, we decided to try a new kitchen science experiment and make some egg shell planters. We used egg shells as our planters, dyed them using leftover Easter egg dye, and decorated them with silly faces. The kids loved watching the “hair” on their egg head planters grow longer each day.
Making Egg Shell Planters
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First we headed to the kitchen to gather a few supplies:
- Clean egg shells (I made scrambled eggs for breakfast and saved the egg shells. I washed them carefully in soap and warm water to kill any germs inside.)
- Easter egg dye (Use the little tablets you buy at the store or make your own using 10 drops of food coloring mixed with 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 1/2 cup warm water.)
- Dirt or potting soil
- Seeds (We used clover, but other quick-growing seeds include wheat grass, alfalfa, and cress. Just about any seed will work though!)
- Hot glue gun
- Permanent markers
- Stickers, googly eyes, and pom poms
We spent an entire morning dyeing the egg shells with leftover Easter egg dye. The kids noticed how the egg shells float, which made it a little bit tricky to submerge them in the egg dye. They quickly learned to fill the hollow egg shells with dye to make them sink. They came out brightly colored and gorgeous!
Planting the Seeds
Once the eggs were dry we headed outside to plant the seeds. We filled the egg shell planters with potting soil and then sprinkled a generous helping of clover seeds on top. The kids carefully watered their seeds and then we set the egg head planters in a sunny window.
We were so surprised to see tiny sprouts within a couple of days!
After about a week our egg head planters had grown a full head of hair. We used permanent markers, stickers, googly eyes, and pom poms to decorate them like little heads and continued to water and sun them for several weeks!