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Y Kids - Living Grass Head

28 May 2020 - Y KidsY Activities

Spend an afternoon creatively crafting a living grass head! Making grass heads are a fun gardening project kids will love watching grow. Children especially love trimming the hair after a few days into a funny shape! 

What You'll Need:

  • 2 tablespoons grass seed
  • Nylon stocking foot (cut an old pair of stockings just above the ankle)
  • 1 cup potting mix
  • Empty plastic youghurt container
  • Water
  • Decorations such as googly eyes, card stock, markers etc for eyes, mouth, and clothes. 

Instructions:

  1. Spoon the grass seed into the end of the stocking foot (the toe section), then top with 1 cup of potting mix. 
  2. Tie a knot in the stocking so it forms a tight ball. Leave the excess fabric as a "tail".
  3. Fill your empty youghurt container halfway with water. Place the head on top of the container, ensuring that the tail section dangles down and is touching the water (to act as a wick and draw the water up to the seeds).
  4. Decorate! Attach googly eyes, draw a mouth with a marker, and use your cardstock or other craft supplies to create clothes around the youghurt container. 
  5. Place your grass head on a window sill, or somewhere that gets lots of sun, and watch it grow! 

Tips:

  • Check your grass head every day - the water inside the container will need to be topped up. Now wait and watch it grow! 
  • Simple grass seeds are best for fine hair - 'tough' style grasses will be too thick to grow through the stocking. 

Our OSHC educators have extended the 'My Time, Our Place' curriculum philosophy of learning through play to lots of our online resources for children. For other great ideas to keep children busy, active, and entertained, visit our blog

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