Grow Heart Pops

February 15, 2020
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Wow kids of all ages with this fun & creative valentines craft!
Did you know that you can grow lollipops?  All you need are "seeds" and a bit of imagination.  Read on to see how we turned tiny heart candies into a fun activity!
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This simple craft is so fun for kids.  You can talk about gardening and explore how things grow while also keeping a very magical component present in early learning.  Are you ready to find out how to grow a lollipop?

Grow a Lollipop with Kids

Materials
  • Planters
  • Potting soil (or similar)
  • Heart candy
  • Heart lollipops 
  • Water
Note: You can use sugar to grow your lollipops if you prefer.  We have done it that way before.   I used soil here just so that we could realistically talk about how plants and vegetables grow.

Method
  • Have kids fill their flower pots 1/3 of the way with soil.
  • Then, have them add a few conversation hearts to the top of the soil.  These are "the magical seeds" that sprout and turn into candy heart pops.
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The girls loved picking their seeds.
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  • Once the seeds are planted have kids fill their flower pots the rest of the way with soil.
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  • Then, water the planters and place them in a sunny window.
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Growing Heart Pops

  • Have kids water their planters daily.
  • You can make the heart pops grow overnight if you want. I liked the idea of building anticipation, so I made it take a few days for the lollipops to fully grow.
  • After the first day the hearts had sprouted a little, and after two days they were really popping out of the soil!
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  • To make the lollipops "sprout" I cut the stick off of one of the them and placed it into the soil.  I pulled the stick up from the soil a bit more on day two.  
  • You can choose to grow one lollipop or several in each planter.  I had one lollipop grow for each seed Rosie and Jewel planted, and I made sure the lollipop colors matched the "seeds" planted.  This was to avoid any smarty pants four-year-old questions. ;)
Rosie and Jewel were so excited when they woke up on day three to fully grown lollipops!!! They have chosen one to enjoy each day.

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This simple bit of magic is sure to delight your little ones!  

Extend the Fun
  • Add more of a "love element" to this and give kids red water to water the planters.  Tell them the water is filled with love and that love is an essential ingredient needed for all things to grow!
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More About the Author

Crystal Underwood is the writer and creator of Growing A Jeweled Rose. She has worked extensively with children and strongly believes in the importance of play at the core of early learning. She is passionate about the early years and believes that childhood should be a truly magical time in life. For all the best kids activities connect with Growing a Jeweled Rose below!