Imagine a paper that you could first use to scribble on and when you're done, it grows into a plant! No, we're not joking. And although it is available in the market if you look long enough, making it with your little one is way more fun. Here's how you can do it.
Take some used up paper (newspapers, old note books, greeting cards, toilet paper etc.) and tear it to bits (this itself is a great de-stressing activity for all kids, says our autism movement therapist, Zil Batodkar). Pour water into the paper and leave it to soak for a few hours or even overnight.
Once the paper is soaked through and through, run a hand blender through it so that there are no lumps and all the paper has mixed well. Squeeze the water out of the pulp now and add a spoonful of seeds to the pulp. Use small seeds, they look better on the dried paper.
Gently mix the seeds into the pulp using your fingers or a spoon. Don't use a blender or be too vigorous while mixing. You don't want to break or damage the seeds.
Use a cookie cutter as a mould to give the paper shape if you're making a gift tag. Spread it on a rubber sheet or a wooden board if you want to make a sheet. Make sure the pulp is spread evenly, but not too thickly as it won't dry then. If you think there's still too much water in the pulp, gently press a toweled napkin on it to absorb the excess moisture.
Dry the paper quickly, before the seeds start growing! Dry it in a warm (not hot) environment. You can also put in on a cool surface and use a hair dryer on it to speed up the process. Once the paper is dry, you can cut it in the shape you want or use it as a gift tag, if you used a cookie mould. You can even cut it into strips and use it as confetti while wrapping your presents.