With Easter less than two weeks away, we are desperately trying to fit in all of our yearly Easter traditions and activities. I'm not quite sure we're going to be able to cross everything off of our list, but we did manage to accomplish one thing already: Planting a Lollipop Garden!
We started this tradition years ago, when Dylan and Lexie were younger. They no longer participate in this activity, but it's still one of Lily's favorite Easter traditions, and Liam is just getting started!
Planting a Lollipop Garden is so simple, yet so magical for young kids! Plus, it opens up conversation about new life, which is a great thing to focus on for Easter and Spring. The jelly bean "seeds" get planted in the soil, and after some watering and sunlight, they transform into a garden of lollipops!
- Potting Soil
- Containers for planting
- "Magical" jelly beans
- Lollipops in different colors and sizes
We switch things up just a little bit each year. This year we opted for inexpensive, plastic Easter baskets. (At 99 cents each, it was a steal!) In previous years, we have used mini flower pots (one for each kid), used an extra large planter for an extra large Lollipop Garden, and even planted them with our real flowers.
HOW TO PLANT YOUR LOLLIPOP GARDEN:
1. Have your child fill their container with potting soil.
You may want to assist the younger crowd to minimize the mess. Just saying...
2. Plant the "magical" jelly beans in the potting soil. Make sure your child uses a bunch of different colors!
Just FYI, taste testing will probably occur!
3. Have your child lightly water their Lollipop Garden and sit it in sunlight.
4. The most amazing thing will happen! Usually during nap time or overnight, the jelly bean "seeds" will turn into a garden full of lollipops! ;) Sometimes it happens during the course of one day, sometimes it happens overnight, and sometimes it takes a few days. Sometimes it's even discovered on Easter morning!
Once their Lollipop Gardens bloom, my kids love to pick lollipops to eat! Although waking up to a garden full of lollipops is exciting, eating them is definitely the best part!
Planting a Lollipop Garden is one of our favorite Easter traditions. It's simple and fun, and eagerly anticipated each year!
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