We made grass baskets last week at the preschool which is our traditional craft to do to celebrate the coming of spring. We usually plant the wheat berries about a week before the kids are to take them home and try to plan it just before spring break so they can have a nice full basket of grass by Easter. I also usually have a good stash of little baskets that I am always picking up at the thrift store, but when it came time for the project, I was surprised to learn I was short about six of them. So plan B.
My boys eat a lot (and I do mean A LOT) of seaweed in our home. We buy it at Trader Joe's. Sometimes I get it at the local asian market. There is quite a bit of packaging, but as any teacher knows, good packaging can be re-used. I gathered all my little plastic trays from the seaweed and discovered that the packages from the Asian market were a bit smaller and therefore, we could wrap the larger tray in burlap and insert the smaller tray inside for planting. It worked like a charm. Best part is, when we lift out the smaller tray we could see all the little roots growing in the soil...such joy for my kiddos.