Now that the weather has finally decided to warm up a bit, you might want to get your children to partake in a little bit of Seed Bombing.
Seed Bombing originally started out as a way of bringing a bit of 'nature' and 'colour' to disused and derelict pieces of land in towns and cities, but now you can buy ready made seed bombs to scatter in your own garden or outdoor area.
But, why buy when you can make your own? (I was ably assisted by my youngest son, Geordie and my niece, Mabel).
The concept of a Seed Bomb is a ball of seeds wrapped in compost and red clay. The clay gradually disintegrates when it is left to the elements and the compost helps the seeds to germinate. Many of them also contain chilli powder to deter animals from eating them.
The first time I tried to make a seed bomb, I couldn't find red clay powder so I decided to use the 'school clay' that comes in those big grey blocks. This really didn't work very well as it would take you about 3 days to work the seeds into the clay! I also decided that children and chilli powder probably wasn't a good idea so left out that ingredient!
That is when I struck on the idea of using a dough recipe.
For a batch of bombs I mix up: 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of compost, 2 packets of wild flour seeds and a cup of water. If it is too 'wet' I add more flour, if it too dry, then more water. You want to get the consistency of a good batch of playdough.
If I really want the children to work the dough for a bit of fine motor development then I add the seeds once the dough has been mixed. If not then you could add the seeds with the flour and compost. (Always check your seeds just in case the flowers they produce could be poisonous)!
Pull of small pieces of the dough and roll into balls. If your dough is still a bit sticky towards the middle then roll it in the extra flour you have put onto your surface.
Once you have rolled all of your dough into Seed Bombs then leave them to dry out , this usually takes a couple of days.
Once they are dry you can then scatter, throw or catapult them into your outdoor space.
As we were doing these ones in the ABC back garden, my boys of course chose catapult. There wasn't one to hand so they made their own from a stick and an elastic band – good work!
Now we will just wait for the flowers to grow!