Give each child an aluminum pie plate with holes punched in the bottom. Invite children to fill their pans with potting soil. Next, have children use their fingers to "write" the first letters of their names in the soil. (Be sure each child's letter is about -inch deep.) Help children place grass seed inside the outline of their letters in the soil. (A seed every 1/8 of an inch should do it.) Cover the grass seed with a layer of soil. Then water. Watch for the letters to come alive!
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