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A grass what?? Learning how to make a grass head starts with first learning what a grass head is! A grass head is exactly what the name suggests- a head of grass. It is an activity that is fun, cheap, and educational. Win-Win!
Now onto the details. First things first.
What do you need to make a grass head? A cup, nylon, soil, grass seeds, hot glue gun, paper, markers/crayons and googly eyes.
Grass Head Materials:
- yogurt cups
- potting soil
- grass seeds
- Hot glue gun
- paper for the “body”
- googly eyes
Steps on How To Make A Grass Head
This activity was always a favorite among my first grade students, when the time came during the year to grow our own grass in class. How do we do it? I’m glad you asked. Get some pictures/instructions below!
How To Make A Grass Head
1. Gather Materials
In the weeks/months prior to doing the activity, I would gather yogurt cups (either buying and eating them or asking others to donate them). The size we found to be just about perfect was the Yoplait yogurt cups, though you can definitely make it work with all different sizes.
Before starting the activity, I’d stop by the store to grab the materials on the list and check our classroom to make sure we had something to color and decorate with (markers, crayons, etc).
2. Decorate the Body
When the day approached to do the planting, my students got to decorate the “body” of their grass head.
This usually included a pre-cut page that was easily glued to the yogurt container after it was drawn on. The kids enjoyed using markers and colored pencils for their drawings.
We occasionally added a little more fun with stickers. You could also do glitter (if you’re brave!), buttons, or other fun decorations.
The kids were always creative with their drawings. Some would draw an actual body with something that resembled arms, a body, and legs. Others just enjoyed drawing shapes and coloring in their page.
Being in a classroom, I was often working with 25-30 kids at any given moment, so I would ask parents to come in and help.
After the kids had decorated their grass head bodies, the parent volunteers and I would use a hot glue gun to glue the body to the yogurt container. We usually let them sit untouched for several hours to make sure the glue dried and hardened to keep things in place.
When the glue was dry and ready to go, we’d fill the cups up with water (about 3/4 full).
3. Make the Grass Head
This next part is where the kids really got excited! We would buy women’s nylons (knee-high) and cut the top off. The kids would hold it open* and we would dump in about 2 spoonfuls of grass seeds and a few cups of potting soil.
*Tip: When you have your kids hold the nylon open, roll the top down a few times to make it easier to dump the soil and seeds.
You can use as much soil as you’d like to get the ‘head’ to be the size you would like. The more soil you have, the bigger the head will be.
Tip: Keep the size of your container in mind, you don’t want a head that is so small it falls in or so big it won’t stay on!
Then we’d tie it off and flip it upside down onto the cup (so the extra length of the nylon was down in the cup, ready to soak up water).
To finish off the grass head look, we’d use the hot glue gun once again to glue googly eyes onto the nylons- the kids always got a kick out of it!
After our grass heads were all put together, we’d find a perfect spot for them by the window so they could get sunlight. Each day, we’d make sure to check on our plants and refill the water so they could keep drinking and growing.
4. Watch the Growing Magic
It usually took a week or so, but we’d start seeing little parts of grass poking up through the top of the nylon. This always got the kids so excited! It was working!
We’d continue to refill the water and keep it in the sun. After a few more days the grass would grow taller, some blades were quite thick and growing straight up.
Every day we would take a few minutes to check on the grass heads and see how much they had grown.
5. Time For a Haircut
Once the grass heads had grown enough to have a good amount of grass on top, we’d have a hair cutting day. Oh man did the kids like that!
We’d pull out child-safe scissors and they’d sit down at a table or desk and give their grass head a haircut. Some got turned into Mohawks, some just got a trim, others still got something resembling a buzz cut (a little too close to the nylon-holes were made haha).
Several kids wanted to fancy up their grass heads, so we found some ribbon and yarn to put in the “hair.”
This would go on for some time. There were several years we kept the grass heads at the school long enough to need another haircut or two.
Taking Them Home
Eventually, the students got to take the grass heads home to continue caring for them there.
This was a bit of a production because we didn’t want water sloshing all over on their way home, so we’d empty out the cups before they left. This also came with strict instructions to fill it up as soon as you got home so your plant didn’t die!
It was always fun to hear from the kids in the following weeks and months that they had taken good care of their grass head and it was still alive at home.
If you are doing this with your own kids, it definitely simplifies things because the grass heads will be started at home! No transportation needed.
Fun All Around
Your kids are bound to enjoy this activity! It very well may turn into something that happens each year, for a while at least. This will be the thing they’ll want to tell their friends, grandparents, and others about. It’s so fun!
This activity can go right along with learning about plants and what plants need to survive. Turning it into a hands-on experience like this will make it a lot easier for your kids to understand and something they will enjoy learning about.