Earth Day is this week and so we are bringing you some more fun things to do to get your kids out in nature and thinking about their planet.
A Sock Walk is a great way to get kids thinking about native plants (and weeds!) in their environment: where they come from, how they spread,and how they grow. It’s a step up from the classic bean plant that kids grow in the elementary school years when they’re learning about seeds.
WHAT YOU NEED
1 sock per person
1 Ziploc baggie per sock OR one pot of dirt per sock
HOW TO DO IT
Head on down to your laundry room and grab a couple of those single socks whose mates have just disappeared forever or the socks with the huge holes you keep planning on mending (but never will).
Head out to your nearest park, field, overgrown meadow, forest or wooded area, Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) or any other place that is growing naturally and wildly.
Slip a sock over one of your shoes and have your kids do the same.
Walk around until your socks get good and dirty. Be sure to walk through any areas with plants growing (but safely! Don’t crush anything and stay on the path when required!).
Take off your socks carefully, turn them inside out to keep anything stuck to the sock safe.
When you get home, turn your sock right-side-in and put it either in your Ziploc baggie or in your pot of dirt and lightly cover it with more dirt.
Spray your sock with water in the baggie or water your pot.
Tape your baggie to a sunny window/place your pot on a warm, sunny window sill.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN
Wait a week or two and see what grows. Make sure you keep watering your sock as needed. If you have picked up any seeds along your way, your socks will sprout!