Fun with Basil Seeds!


Once in awhile I gather up my energy and courage to do something fun and messy with the girls.  This time we did it outside in the porch so everything could be sprayed away in the end, a smart idea indeed!  I was inspired by this post I saw on pinterest for using basil seeds as a sensory activity for little ones.  I can easily get basil seeds here, so I went for it!

In each of the cups below I added 1T of basil seeds to about a cup colored water.  I waited more than 5 minutes, but they never soaked up all of the water.  Maybe I should have waited longer, or used less water.


Here is a closeup of the seeds after they soaked up the water:






Then it was time to dump!  I used a baby bathtub, it was a good size and easy to contain the mess in!  Svara helped dump the colors:






In went the yellow and green as well:



And finally the red!  Svara couldn’t wait to get her hands in it!



But I had to get a closeup shot first, as I knew it wouldn’t stay this pretty for very long:



A few seconds later, after being stirred a bit, and after Talisa threw the spoons in:




And in less than a minute it was pretty much all stirred together!  I want to try this again with less water, or waiting longer for them to turn more gloppy, so they don’t mix together QUITE as fast.  But even when they were mixed together so the excess water was brown, if you picked up a handful you could still see the individual color of each seed.  it was pretty neat!  I wanted to get some better photos, but I was by  myself with the girls so I couldn’t do a lot with the camera.  Warning, basil seeds on the ground are slippery!!!



After getting messy with the basil seeds the girls had some water time in the little bathtub outside.  Yes, it’s time to invest in another kids’ wading pool! (the last one got holes in it, boo!)




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