I had the opportunity to review Lollipop Seeds that Sprout for Kind Deeds (an Easter tradition) by Cherri Prince. When I received the book, I was surprised to find that Cherri and I are practically neighbors as we both live in the Tampa Bay area.
Cherri shares how she started the lollipop tradition:
Our Lollipop Seeds Story
This tradition began in our home a few years ago. As most parents, I’m always looking for ways to instill positive values in my kids and build lasting memories, especially around the holidays. But today, from a child’s perspective most holidays have become more about getting, and less and less about giving.
Like many families we love to celebrate Easter with wonderfully fun traditions like dying Easter Eggs, buying a pretty new dress for Easter Sunday, waking up to a treat-filled basket and egg hunts. The intent behind Lollipop Seeds that Sprout for Kind Deeds™ is to have one Easter tradition that highlights and celebrates the magic of kindness.
The first time we had lollipop seeds arrive at our home, it was a few days before Easter. My kids were told how the Easter Bunny delivered them early so they would have the opportunity to help them bloom into a garden of lollipops on Easter morning. The instructions that came with the seeds said they must first do something kind for someone. Then on Easter Eve they needed to gently toss the seeds on to the yard while making a wish for the recipient of their kindness. That night they fell fast asleep, excited and curious about the seeds. In the morning, first my son, and then my daughter, peered into the backyard and excitedly shouted, “It worked! It worked!” I too said silently to myself, “Yes! It worked.” As they learned how something as simple yet powerful as a kind deed could indeed bloom.
It is my greatest wish that Lollipop Seeds that Sprout for Kind Deeds ™ will spark your kids imagination and desire to make the world a little sweeter, and kinder, on not just Easter but every day. Enjoy this tradition and enjoy making it your very own.
The book comes with two packs of Lollipop Seeds and two Lollipop Seed markers. And, of course, directions for your child to grow their own lollipops. After reading the book with your child, the instructions are as follows:
Do something kind for someone you know.
Make a wish for them too, and the seeds gently you’ll throw.
Mark where you tossed them on the grass, ground or a pot.
Go to sleep for your parents—first say you love them a lot!
Wake in the morning, excited indeed, to see lollipops sprouted from just one kind of deed.
Mom and Dad then place lollipops in the area where the child has thrown the Lollipop Seeds and in the morning, the child wakes to find lollipops where the seeds have “grown”. What a cool idea! I’ve never heard of this tradition. What you get is something that looks like this:
The real key to this is that the child needs to do kind deeds. There’s a page in the back of the book to write down what the deed was each year. The child should be the one that comes up with what kind of deed or deeds they will do. It gives them more buy-in and involvement and, honestly, they are the ones that have to do the deed.
The book is easy to understand and is beautifully illustrated by Marco Bester. You can read more about Cherri and Marco here: bios
Adopt a new family tradition this Easter! Lollipop Seeds! I suggest that you go right now to the Lollipop Seeds website and order your book today! Easter is April 20, 2014; only five weeks from today!