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Grasshead Friends

In & Outdoor $
Craft Projects, Recycled, Educational

Activity Overview

Grow yourself a few Grasshead Friends for a fun lesson in how things grow as well as a fun little craft. Children of all age ranges will enjoy creating these adorable little characters from recycled stockings. The anticipation will build as they learn to care for a plant and learn how seeds grow.

In about 4-5 days, the grass on your Grasshead Friends will begin to sprout. Water them lightly each day and enjoy the excitement of watching the grass hair grow over a period of days and weeks. Watch it grow long, and consider having a barber shop activity and give them a trim.

Materials Needed

  • Footed Nylon Stockings
  • Scissors
  • Elastic Band
  • Cup
  • Small clay pot or a cup
  • Grass Seed
  • Potting Soil
  • Spoon
  • Googly Eyes
  • Glue Gun
  • Felt

How to Make Them

  1. Snip off about 6 inches off the end of each of the foot portion of your stocking.
  2. Take each stocking and push the end into a shallow cup and fold the cut ends over the rim of the cup.
  3. Use a spoon to place about 3 teaspoons of grass seed into the stocking.
  4. Next use the same spoon to scoop dirt into the stocking covering up the seed. Fill until is is slightly bigger than a tennis ball.
  5. Pick the stocking up and tie off the end with a knot of an elastic band. Make sure that it is tied tightly around the ball of dirt and seed.
  6. Flip the ball of dirt over and set it in the cup or pot with the grass seed side up.
  7. Use your glue gun to glue on googly eyes.
  8. Cut out a nose and a mouth out of felt. Attach these and any other accents to the front of the stocking.
  9. Sprinkle the top with water and set pot or pots in a nice and sunny spot.
  10. Expect your first sprouts of hair in about 4 or 5 days.

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