STEM Activity for Earth Day: “Can Do” Gardens


Can-Do Garden

This simple activity was found originally on Pinterest (although I apparently didn’t re-pin it, because I can’t find it now to link – sorry). Fortunately for us both, the original pin was not terribly useful, since it linked simply to a picture that looked very similar to what you see above with a vague image of the materials needed to make the craft. Here’s what you will need:

Can-Do Garden
A clean recycled can
Potting soil
Grass seed
Googly Eyes


Step 1
Decorate the outside of the can by gluing googly eyes and felt to the magnets. You can also glue the decorations directly to the can, but our kids thought it was fun to put them on magnets so that they could change them around later or swap them with their siblings.

Step 2
Put about 1/2 cup of potting soil in the can. (If you like, you can put some holes in the bottom or even some gravel or small stones for drainage).

Step 3
Put a spoonful of grass seed in the top, mix it a bit and pour a little water in to get the seeds started.

After about a week, you’ll see the seeds starting to grow. They will eventually grow over the top and look like a funky hair style.

Here’s ours.

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Here’s ours after a few weeks.

I hope you try it with your kids and let  us know how it goes! Send us some pix. 🙂


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