A few weeks ago, Emma was just beside herself when I went to pick her up from preschool. She’s always excited to see me, but today was extra special – her teacher had helped her make a Grassy Buddy at school. Emma was so excited that she was shaking. Even cuter? She made it for her big brother, Zack. Awwww!
The Grassy Buddy is essentially a kid-made chia pet. Although Emma made this at school, I thought I’d give you the instructions so that you can do it with your own kids. It is probably one of the easiest crafts you’ve ever helped your kids put together. We’ll definitely be making more of them this summer, as Zack wants to make one for Emma. 🙂
- Stocking or Pantyhose – knee highs or an old pair that you cut off about that length
- Grass seed
- Potting soil
- School glue
- Googly eyes
- Small cup (plastic would work best)
1. Add a little grass seed inside the toe of the stocking. Then, add about 3 inches of soil and tie stocking to keep the seed and soil in place.
2. Place a dot of school glue on the Grassy Buddy’s face and add the googly eyes. Draw the rest of the face with the Sharpie.
3. Cut off the extra stocking.
4. Put your Grassy Buddy in a cup. Emma’s came home in a paper cup, but I think a little plastic cup would work better.
5. Run the Grassy Buddy under a faucet to water it, and then put it somewhere that gets direct sunlight.
6. Keep the soil moist so the grass seed can grow. I had to water it every day to keep it moist.
7. A little over a week later, your Grassy Buddy will have hair. Let it grow wild or let your child to give it a haircut.
Emma’s Grassy Buddy resembles more of a hedgehog than a little dude with hair. Something tells me that she didn’t get all of the grass seed down in the toe of the stocking. But, hey, she’s 3 years old. She and Zack love it. Who am I to find imperfection in that?
Do you have young kiddos in your life? Do you think they would like to grow their own Grassy Buddy?