So… following on from last week's promise of creating seed packets, I've made an A4 template (the size of a sheet of printer paper) which can be printed and cut out to make a blank seed packet for the kids to draw on. (The template includes instructions.)
Because I wouldn't let this loose on my lovely readers without trying it myself, I've done some experimenting. Most of you will have glue to hand for sticking the sides and be using that rather than tape, so I've made a few packets using different glues. I found that PVA (white glue) left the paper a bit damp and 'blobby'. Next I tried stick glue (such as Pritt Stick) but I think this will dry out over time, leaving you with a muddle of spilled seeds. Finally, (my favourite) I used a gel all-purpose glue (UHU glue in UK) and this worked perfectly, although I had to rub the residue off my fingers. Also, it's best to smooth the glue out to a thin layer and keep it towards the fold - it's best if the inside of the packet doesn't stick together!
Before filling the envelope with your seeds, your children (or you ~ I like to think there's something here for everyone!) should write down on the back all you know about the plant seeds that will go in the envelope. Information such as when to sow, when they'll flower, how big the plant is, whether the plant prefers sunshine or shade, etc. If you still have the kids attention, the activity can be extended by taking a stroll down to your local library and check what else you can find out about your seeds.
The front of the packet has been left blank for a lovely drawing - or a photo, if you prefer. Seal the packet when filled with a little bit of sellotape for easy opening in the springtime.
My seed packet template can be downloaded by clicking here. (I hope this works, please let me know if it doesn't!)
P.S. If I have any readers who would like this in a size other than 8 inches by 11 inches, I'll be happy to oblige.