Thanks to Sharon for submitting this idea that she does with her children for Tu B’Shevat (Jewish New Year of the Trees). It involves a little “trickery” so only proceed with it if you’re comfortable. Sounds like fun to us!
- A large bag of lollipops, such as Yummy Earth Organic Fruit Lollipops, although any kind will work
- A pot
- Potting soil
- A small bare branch
- A glue gun
Without the kids seeing:
Glue all but one of the lollipops to the branch and hide this.
With the kids:
Cut the stick off one lollipop (this will be your “lollipop seed”). Plant your lollipop tree seed in the potting soil. Have the kids water it, but don’t let them water too much! Tell them that in the morning there’ll be a lollipop tree, but Sharon writes “they likely won’t believe you. Kids these days aren’t so gullible.”
While the kids are sleeping, plant the branch in the same soil.
It’s as if lollipop trees really do grow overnight!
Feel free to submit your Tu B’Shevat ideas to us!