This week in our HomeSchool crafts me and my son decided to turn a 2 liter soda bottle into a greenhouse project and watch our seeds grow! He had so much fun putting together this fun and easy craft with me and I know that you will love it to.
Supplies Needed for Home School Craft:
- 1- 2 liter bottle cleaned
- Potting soil
- Any seed packet (we chose the mexican sunflower)
We just went down to the Dollar Store and purchased our soil and seed packets all for under $2.50. This is an inexpensive craft with lots of benefits for your learning child.
First you should cut the soda bottle into half, I did this since you have to put a little muscle into it. I didn’t want my 6-year-old cutting off any important fingers, we need those later. 🙂 On the top half of the soda bottle I put 2 slits on each side to help tuck the bottle into the lower half when we are done. You will also want to place a few holes into the bottom of the bottle to help drain out water. I placed a left over sour cream plastic lid under my bottle to stop any water from draining onto my window sill. Do not dispose of the cap, keep that on, this will help create the greenhouse effect that we want. Then begin to place the potting soil into the bottom of the bottle, water, place seeds according to depth on packet, place top of bottle on and there you go! You are now ready to watch your project grow!
This was so much fun for us to do, besides the cutting of the bottle, my 6-year-old got to do this one all by himself and will now be able to check on it weekly to see it progress. Once it starts growing I told him that we would paint some flowers on top of the bottle to decorate it up a bit.
Have fun and enjoy making your very own soda bottle greenhouse with your child!
UPDATE 3-18-2013 1 week later:
My six-year-old is very happy to announce that just after 1 week of planting our seeds in our Soda Bottle Greenhouse he has 2 cute little sprouts popping out already! There’s nothing like putting a wonderful smile onto your childs face. I will keep you updated to show you his plant progress, maybe he has a green thumb after all. When I told him this he just looked at this thumb haha of course it wasn’t green silly 🙂