Sprinkle the seeds on the top of the sponge. (Step 1)

Lucky Sprouts

Find luck this St. Patrick's Day by growing your own Lucky Sprouts.

What You'll Need:

Compressed sponge

Pencil

Scissors

Plate or pie pan

Quick-sprout seeds, such as cress or alfalfa

Plastic wrap

Markers (optional)

1. Download the PDF of a shamrock stencil to help you trace and cut out a shamrock shape from the compressed sponge. Dampen the sponge so it expands, and squeeze out any extra water. Set the sponge on the plate or pie pan, and sprinkle the seeds on top of the sponge.

2. Your seeds should sprout in a few days (see instructions on the seed package) if you take good care of them. During the night, cover the sponge lightly with plastic wrap to help it stay moist. During the day, place your sponge in a sunny spot, making sure the sponge stays wet -- water around the sponge; don't put water directly on the seeds.

In a few days, the sprouts will begin to appear. (Step 2)

3. For variety, draw and cut out different shapes from the compressed sponge. You can even try sprinkling seeds over just certain areas of the sponge. For example, you could cut out a shape that looks like a person's head and sprinkle the seeds over the area where hair would grow. Then you could draw on a face with markers. Pretend he's a leprechaun for even more luck.

Leprechauns are hard to find. But they'll be appearing everywhere this St. Patrick's Day with the help of the craft you'll learn about next.

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