Hi, it’s been a long while since I have written here, I have been busy developing projects for my business. I would love to share this one with you all.
I’m really excited to share this new idea with you all. I have developed a super educational tool for teachers.
I remember my early school days, and the Nature Table we had set up at the end of the classroom. I always felt really proud when I would bring in a feather or an acorn and the Teacher would let me place it on the table. I found myself always on the lookout on my walks with my parents. I was really lucky because my mother worked in Dublin Zoo, in the big restaurant there in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. My sister and I would often go with our Dad to collect her after work. I remember finding a huge feather one day, from a swan. I couldn’t wait to bring it to class the next day. As Dublin Zoo is in the Phoenix Park, one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces in Europe, I was always sure to find some treasure for the nature table.
However, my favorite part of our nature studies without rival was growing plants! We always grew cress seeds on tissue paper. I loved how the grew green shoots for the slippery almost jelly like wet seeds. I loved their peppery taste too! However the whole growing experience was always too short-lived for me. They came and went quickly.
With this experience in mind, I have developed my seed bombs. I make the seed bombs with recycled paper pulp. This is usually a byproduct of my hand-made seed paper offcuts. I then add sunflower seeds to them. They contain Irish wildflower seeds already.
The reason for the sunflower seeds is the germination is very speedy and robust. They can be started indoors and nurtured until a warmer and more appropriate transplant time. This is perfect for schools as the timing is in and around school annual summer holidays. ‘Wouldn’t it be great to have these educational tools prepared so you could focus more on teaching the kids?’ How easy when writing this part of the curriculum to have the aids to hand and have a constant, growing reminder that the kids could take home at the end of term to remember?’ The whole ‘flower’ can be planted as it is 100% biodegradable. This is a very easy way to plant seed. The seed bomb acts as a vessel. The seeds are encased within the paper, and will remain dormant until all elements are in place. They can keep for up to three years this way in dark dry conditions. When they are planted in compost and watered, the sunflower seed will germinate in a matter of days.
They are easy to handle, visually explanatory and children love them. These wonderful little vessels are perfect for multisensory learning.
They come with a care pack for teachers and students. The children are encouraged to plant the flowers and gather the seed, to document weekly the progress, even during summer. This is both convenient and a fun way to learn. The whole pack offers lessons in the importance of recycling and the life cycle of the plant. There are also lessons on bee and pollinators conservation. Below is a video in which you will see the growth 13 days on from planting, enjoy!