Green hair in easy steps

For summer holiday entertainment,  try making these creatures out of loo rolls!

You can make as many loo roll people or creatures as you like! If you’ve got more than one loo roll saved then why not try making a whole green haired family? The only other thing you’ll need for this project that you might not have at home is grass seed. You could collect some from a local park or a friend’s garden. Or you can use cress seeds.

what is a seed?
Seeds contain food for the seedling, as it cannot make its own food from the sun (photosynthesis) until it has grown leaves. It is this stored food, which is in the cotyledon (the inner part of the seed), that makes seeds, including nuts, nutritious for animals and humans to eat.

what you need
some grass (or cress) seeds
cardboard loo roll
pens/ pencils/ paint
compost or soil
a saucer or plate

what to do
1. Draw a face on the loo roll and then ask an adult to help you cut a section off the bottom, taking care not to squash the tube. You can cut the loo rolls to different heights, but remember, the roots need some room to grow so don’t cut them too short.

2. Stand the tube on a saucer and fill it with compost. Sprinkle some of your seeds on top.

3. Gently sprinkle some water on the seeds. Try not to wet the cardboard so your creature’s face doesn’t run. Use a spray watering bottle, your fingers or a teaspoon.

4. Put the saucer and your cardboard creature on a windowsill so they are in the light. Make sure the seeds do not dry out; you want to keep the soil damp, but no puddles.

5. Be patient – give your seeds anything up to a couple of weeks to germinate.

6. Keep turning the saucer so that your hair doesn’t grow lopsided.

7. Soon you will be ready for a trim!

One response to “Green hair in easy steps

  1. An other version of this is to use egg shells instead of the toilet rolls, and to use alfalfa or mustard seeds instead of grass. Then the head can be given a “hair cut” and the cuttings can be used in salads or sandwiches. I’ve even done this without soil, just on a bit of cotton placed in the empty egg. (Balance the egg in an egg cup, or with a bit of the soil at the base to keep it standing). Drawing a face on a fragile egg shell takes a bit of practice but does work if the child or you don’t push too hard and use a soft felt marker. Gosh, this brings back fond memories!

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