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Mud Pie Field

I'm spilling the beans -- er, seeds -- on my Grandma's secret recipe for a Mud Pie Field! Try it ... you'll love it!

MATERIALS:

  • 9" pie tin
  • Handful of pebbles from outside
  • Soil
  • Seeds (rye grass, radishes, lettuce) of your choice
  • Push pin
  • Plastic wrap
  • Toothpick
  • Field accessories (like small plastic animals, a popsicle stick fence, craggy-shaped stone, pine sprig. What else will you think of?)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. First things first, poke some holes in your pie tin using a push pin.

2. Take freshly washed pebbles and sprinkle them into the bottom of the tin -- think of it as your "crust."

3. Add a layer of top-quality soil (the "filling"). Then sprinkle on your seeds (the "cinnamon spice").

4. Add another thin layer of that rich, dark mud to cover the seeds and pat soil in place. Spritz with water.

5. Now for the piece de resistance: add some accents to your field! A well-placed stone becomes a craggy cliff for a sheep to graze near. A pine sprig becomes a shade tree for the horses. Place some piggies into the scene as neighbors across the popsicle stick fence! Fantastic!

6. Now, cover the entire field with plastic wrap. Poke holes into the top with a toothpick. Be sure to keep your field moist (not wet). Place in a sunny spot. Set your timer to 5 to 7 days for sprouts!

Serves: Everyone!

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