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Easy Chia Seed Pets For Kids
There’s something so nostalgic about chia seed pets! When I was a kid, I always wanted a chia pet but my parents would never buy one for me. They thought they were a waste of money. I told my husband about it shortly after we got married and one day he surprised me with a chia pet kit. You better believe I made the best-looking chia pet ever! What I love about this activity is how it brings reality to such a simple and fun concept: growing seeds to make grassy hair.
I thought this would be a fun and simple activity for Fletcher and me to do. Fletcher loves to plant seeds and watch them grow – he actually helped me manage my vegetable garden last year! If you don’t have room for a garden, this is a great project for the kids. With it being Earth week, this is the perfect opportunity to teach them how to appreciate Earth a little more, too!
Getting Started With Your Chia Seed Pets
- Recycled glass jars – yogurt containers, mason jars, jelly jars, etc.
- Potting soil, or dirt from your yard
- Hand shovel
- Chia seeds
- Googly eyes, stickers, or anything else you want to use to create your pet!
- Hot glue gun
- Spray bottle filled with water
How to make the Easy Chia Seed Pets for Kids:
This project is quick and easy, it just takes a little patience while waiting on the seeds to germinate.
Step One: Decorate your glass jars to make your chia seed pet come alive. Let your kids get creative with this!
Step Two: Add the potting soil to your glass jars, filling them almost to the top. Leave a little room so that you will have room to cover your seeds.
Step Three: Sprinkle the chia seeds on top of the soil. Make sure not to pack them in or they will stick together and hair will not be able to grow.
Step Four: Spray the seeds with a water bottle until the seeds and soil are pretty damp.
Step 5: Watch and wait for the seeds to grow!
By using glass jars, it made it easy to see the roots growing down, we both thought that was really cool!
It doesn’t take too long to see the seeds start to grow; it only took a couple of days to see some green popping up.
With just a few supplies you have at home and some items found in nature, you and your child can make silly chia seed pets. If you make your own Easy Chia Seed Pets for Kids, take a photo and tag @getburgerfit on social media, and leave us a review below to let us know how it went. Happy growing!
Looking for more kids gardening activities?
Check out our blog: Getting Your Kids Started in the Garden!
Meet Alane and Fletcher
Alane has kept her 40 lb weight loss off since 2013, and created BurgerFit and Cooking with My Friends as a way to get her family eating better. Her health journey started in 2012 after being diagnosed with high blood pressure and obesity. Frustrated and determined, Alane decided to make small, sustainable changes in her diet so that it would be maintainable for a lifetime. Now Alane maintains a healthy weight range and has incorporated quick and easy recipes that keep her picky family members eating better!
Fletcher enjoys break dancing, cooking, sports commentary, and running really fast speed - anywhere and everywhere. He is an avid lover of music and plays harmonica, drums, and guitar. From a young age, he has loved being a part of whatever his parents, Alane and Micah, are doing. He has even started coming up with recipes of his own to test out. His dream is to own 10 coffee shops from Tennessee to Arizona to Minnesota.
Growing up together
There is no doubt that even as we get older, we don’t stop learning and that is what both Fletcher and I have done together since I had him. I’ve grown a ton raising him and watching him grow. I like to think we are both growing up together. I have tried to incorporate Fletcher in everything I do from to cooking and cleaning the kitchen, to practicing for media events, to traveling the world for speaking engagements. I try to make it fun so he keeps wanting to be a part of it. Not everything is a win but everyday is a new adventure!