Growing real Easter grass is an good activity to add to the agenda of events to share with your preschooler over the Easter season. She will love planting the wheat grass seeds and watching them grow taller and taller every day. Imagine her amazement upon finding sweet and colorful surprises nestled in the grass planter on Easter morning. Wheat grass seeds sprout quickly, so this project can begin about a week before Easter. To enjoy it a little sooner than that, plant the grass a week earlier.
Fill the planter with vermiculite to about 1 inch below the rim. Set it in the sink and add slowly add water to dampen the vermiculite until the surface feels evenly moist. Water again in a week.
Spread wheat grass seeds over the surface of the vermiculite per the packaging instructions. Spritz lightly with water to settle the seeds into place.
Close up the planter in a clear plastic bag and set it in a warm, brightly lit spot out of direct sunlight. The top of your refrigerator or above a water heater are good locations. Your grass seeds will sprout over the next few days.
Take the plastic cover off after two days. Move it to a warm room with lots of indirect light so that your little one can closely monitor its progress daily. You'll have Easter grass for Easter morning.
Water the Easter grass a week after planting. The surface should feel evenly moist, but not soggy. Trim the Easter grass with kitchen shears when it grows too tall for your taste.