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Monday, July 9, 2012

DIY Chia Pet

Want a cool activity that keeps on giving?  Check out these awesome cups of grass!  I made these fun plants this spring with my Kinder kiddos at school.  They loved having a turn to cut the "hair" on our creations!



All you needs is a: Styrofoam cup, potting soil, grass seeds (You can buy a small pkg. at Wal-Mart for a couple of dollars.)  and a permanent marker


Have your child design a face on the outside of the cup.  It is fun to make all sorts of funny and scary faces!  Next, fill your cup with potting soil.  You can fill your cup up to about and 1 inch to 1/2 inch from the top.  Next spread your grass seeds on top of the potting soil.  Mix them into the soil. (You will not want to bury the seeds deep into the soil.)  Water your grass when dry and in a week or so...you will have a funny looking character!  


The kids favorite part is getting to cut the hair!  Depending on the age of your child, you might want to assist them in "cutting" the grass.  I have seen some fun and crazy designs!  Let your child cut away and be as creative as they like!


The fun thing is that in a couple of days it will grow back and the plant is ready for a NEW hair design!

Who knew a cup of grass could be so entertaining!

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21 comments:

  1. that is so stinking awesome! I am definitely doing this with my kiddos!

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  2. I think this is so cute and I don't have any small children just me.
    I might do this just to see it grow.

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  3. my son did something like this in his kindergarten class. he was with a baby food jar, they cut clothes out of felt and dressed the jar. then they took a knee high and put the seeds in the toe filled the rest with dirt and tied a knot and the open end. they glued eyes and a nose to it. they then filled the jar with water and stuck the stocking into the water with the knot on the inside... i now have a little man that grows grass out his head in my kitchen window. he sure does take a lot of water.

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  4. This is a fun idea! I so have to do this with my kids. Makes me feel old to think back to the says when I did a chia pet and those commercials! haha We'd love it if you'd share this at our link party - Home is Where the Heart is! http://www.homesteadsimple.com/home-is-where-the-heart-is-link-it-up-wednesdays-1/
    and any other posts you'd like to share that have to do with homesteading and homemaking!

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  5. Hi I am your newest follower and like your blog. My son did this project a few months ago at school and enjoyed cutting the hair. The grass grows back so quickly. I also like the chocolate chip cheesecake recipe.
    Hope you can follow back.
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  6. I love this idea. So much fun. I just started following you. Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

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  7. LOVE this idea! I'm sooo doing this with my kids! You've been pinned. :)

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  8. What a GREAT idea! And can't wait to try the cheesecake!

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