Christmas Presents for Geeks – Planting Kits

by Deb on October 29, 2010


This is the third in my series of Christmas Presents For or From Science Geeks.  Like the first two, you can either do it with your little geek before the big day to make a present for someone else, or you can make up a kit and have fun over the holidays (or when weather permits).

Planting Kit

This is our planting kit:

  • Potting mix
  • Spoons to use as itty bitty shovels
  • Seeds
  • Water spray
  • Gorgeous planters
  • and the secret ingredient – Egg Cartons.

Egg cartons you say?  But they’re cardboard!  They’ll disintegrate!

And that’s the point.  You use the spray to water very carefully and keep check they haven’t gone too soggy, but when they are ready you can plant the egg cartons straight into their final resting spot and the seedlings will grow through them.  If you are planning on pots of course you can go straight there, but sometimes you want to get the seedlings started with a bit more protection, say if you live in the semi-arid zone where it’s high 30s and the storms are just getting started and you haven’t moved into your new house yet 😉  Or for other people if your kids want to be a bit more hands on – you are adding extra steps like cutting up the carton then planting them that even little ones can do successfully.  My 2 1/2 year old did the whole thing without help, it’s very easy.

Simply add






cover and water.

Once they’ve sprouted and grown a bit, plant the whole thing.  (The plants at the top are ones we prepared earlier :))

Go the whole way and involve the kids in choosing the plants and where to put them, here we have Pinks (of course) and Basil for the herb garden, or if you start now you can give someone special lasting flowers for Christmas.

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jenny October 29, 2010 at 7:08 pm

egg cartons – who knew? thanks for sharing.
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kebeni November 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm

great idea, it is nice to include kidlets in gift making/giving
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Kelly B November 2, 2010 at 4:24 pm

So adorable! And I LOVE the title. Christmas Presents for Geeks!
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Becky November 2, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Wonderful idea!
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JDaniel4's Mom November 4, 2010 at 4:29 am

My son would have loved watering the plants with a spray bottle.
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Jane November 7, 2010 at 10:53 am

What a fabulous idea. I love presents like this. They are the absolute best kind (maybe I’m a geek?). 🙂
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amandab November 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm

This is what I am planning on doing with my ever growing supply of egg cartons. I bought some cardboard-y seed planters designed for this and didnt even think aout my egg cartons. D’oh!


Michelle Willow November 13, 2010 at 12:36 am

Great fun for little one. Dirt and water… which kid wouldn’t love it? 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and leaving link inside our weekly linky. Our theme for the week is Thanksgiving and you’re more than invited to participate! 🙂
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Jennie November 15, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Awesome. Kids would love a planting kit. They’re pretty cheap to make up and you can really teach your children a whole lot about life and science at the same time. They won’t even realize they are learning 😉
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Candi November 21, 2010 at 2:58 am

Wow I love this idea. My kids always beg for the garden kits in the store and I tell them no because we don’t need them. I’m thinking maybe setting up a kit for each kid with their favorite veges for the garden next year. Thanks for sharing.
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