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Level: ECE, Primary, Junior, Middle School
Grades: Pre-K-8 | Age: 2-14 | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is one of the creators of]
(with notes from Ms. Herbert, a teacher from Detroit Michigan)

Using a nylon stocking and some grass seed, your students will see how fast grass grows.


A science lesson that introduces children to seed growth.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Put some grass seed into the nylon stocking foot.

  2. Add some top soil on top of the seed.

  3. Turn upside down and tie a knot in the stocking foot and trim so only a little bit hangs down. The seed should be right side up.

  4. Place the filled stocking foot, knot side down into a small container or coffee cup (filled with water).

  5. Decorate the stocking with permanent marker or googly eyes - to create a face.

  6. Store inside the classroom on a window ledge or where space is available.

  7. Water as needed.

  8. Each day let the children check to see if any "hair" has grown!

  9. When the "hair" is long enough (over the top) let the child give it a haircut!!

Optional: You can use a styrofoam cup instead of a nylon stocking foot.

Recommended Books/Products:
The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds
A Book About How Living Things Grow

by Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen
The class decides to plant a garden and Miss Frizzle takes them on a zany field trip back to Phoebe's old school where they learn about the cycle of plant life and how living things grow

EduCraft® Grass Hair Planters Craft Kit (pk/24)

EduCraft Grass Hair Planters Craft Kit (pk/24)

EduCraft Grass Hair Planters Craft Kit. Your group has never had so much fun with plants. They'll create the most hilarious, most bizarre planters you've ever seen out of nylon, sawdust and grass seed. Use this creative project and other suggestions in your FREE EduCraft Guide to inspire young gardeners. Includes stockings, non-toxic glue, wiggly eyes, sawdust, grass seed, felt shapes and rubber bands. Up to 7".

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