Reading isn't the only way to learn. A child's understanding about the world depends a great deal on their sense of touch, smell, sound and taste.
The benefit to making recycled newspaper pots is that you can transplant your seedlings right into the garden, pot and all, and the newspaper will decompose naturally in the soil.
You only need three basic materials: newspapers, scissors, and a small can or mason jar (or you can purchase a paper pot maker HERE). For seedlings, a six-ounce can (the kind that tomato paste usually comes in) is the perfect size. A soda can also works well, or even a drinking glass.
We who live in So. Calif. don't have the experience of changing seasons as intensely as other parts of our country. This fun activity brings a little coldness and exposure to cold. It's fun to do on a gloomy day with scarfs and mittens. It also works as a great activity when you want to cool your body off in the summer heat. Beyond the physical fun of working with a really cold medium, it shares the science of changing properties. Changing liquid into sold, the interaction of the salt on ice and changing back from solid to liquid are great early science discoveries.
What You Need:
-An outside area
-Large blocks of Ice (available at most larger grocery stores like Ralphs) 4-6 is an OK number, but the more the better
-Small pieces of Ice...anything from ice cube tray size, paper cups of assorted sizes. molds or bowls, rubber gloves frozen.
Add food color or liquid water color to the shapes you freeze, add herbs, leaves, flowers for more interesting sculptures
-1 or 2 boxes of Rock Salt (sometimes called Ice Cream Salt)
-A few pitchers of water, eye droppers or small spoons
Using the salt directly on the surface of the ice and adding water, a little at a time, eats away at the ice and creates holes and tunnels. Using colored water to flow through the salt made tunnels is a beautiful effect.