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Researched by Missie S., Sprout Volunteer

Grass Head Guys
Total Time Needed: 1 hour

Materials:
– 2 tablespoons grass seed
– Nylon stocking foot
– 1 cup potting soil
– Plastic yogurt container
– Water
– 2 googly eyes
– Permanent Marker
– Double sided tape
– Card stock, craft foam, and so on, for clothing

Instructions:
1. Spoon the grass seed into the stocking foot, and the potting soil on top of the seed.
2. Tie a knot in the stocking, leaving the excess fabric hanging.
3. Fill a yogurt contained halfway with water and place the stocking head on top with the nylon tail in the water to serve as a wick.
4. Attach googly eyes to the head and draw on a mouth with permanent marker.
5. To decorate the yogurt contained, tape on clothing made from card stock or other materials.

Tip: Be sure to check the water level in the yogurt container each day, keeping it at least half full.


Flowerpot Chime

Materials:

  • One 5 and 1/4′ diameter plastic flowerpot saucer
  • Five 1 and 1/2′ diameter clay pots
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Clear acrylic finish
  • Pushpin
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Hole Punch
  • 5 leaf shapes cut from a soda bottle
  • 5 small bells
  • 11 buttons

Instructions:

  1. Paint the saucer and pots. When the paint dries, add a coat of clear acrylic finish. Let it dry.
  2. Using a pushpin, make a hole in the center of the plastic saucer and at four equidistant spots around the side of the saucer. Widen the holes with scissors.
  3. To attach the outside hanging pots, cut four 1 1/2-foot lengths of string.
  4. To make each chime, punch a hole in the end of a plastic leaf and tie it onto the end of the string. Next, slip on the bell, tie a know about 3/4″ above the bell, thread on a button and then a pot (upside down).
  5. Thread the end of the string out through one of the side holes in the saucer (thread from the inside and make sure the saucer’s upside down). To fasten in place, run the string up through one hole in a button and then down through another hole and knot tightly.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with three other pots.
  7. For the center pot, repeat step 4 but use a string that’s 3 1/2 feet long. Also, before you thread the string through the center of the saucer, check your length (all the pots should hang at the same level, and you’ll want about 2 feet of string above the saucer). Then tie the string at the correct length.
  8. Attach a button above the knot, thread the string through the saucer, add another button and knot to secure.
  9. Tie the leftover string above the saucer into a loop to form a hanger.

Funbrella
Total Time Needed: 1 hour

Materials:

  • Foamtastic
  • Scissors
  • Paper fastener
  • Pushpin or a thin nail
  • Umbrella, boot, or coat

Instructions:

  1. Cut a sheet of Foamtastic into small shapes (a tulip, a raindrop, a frog, or anything else your child dreams up).
  2. Poke a paper fastener through the figure. Pierce the umbrella with a pushpin or a thin nail, making a hole just big enough for the fastener to fit through.
  3. Attach the figure, poking the fastener ends through the hole you just made, and spread the ends to secure it.

Tip: To prevent leaking, add a little electrical tape on the back side and avoid decorating the top of the umbrella and the lower parts of the boots. Make a matching ensemble by decorating a raincoat and pair of rubber boots along with the umbrella.


Birdseed Biscuit
Total Time Needed: 1 hour

Materials:

  • 3/4 cup of birdseed
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • Water
  • Cookie cutter
  • Oil
  • Foil
  • Cookie sheet
  • Straw
  • Ribbon

Instructions:

  1. This recipe makes two 3-inch biscuits or a single 4 inch biscuit. Mix together the birdseed, flour, and 2 tablespoons of water.
  2. Spray or wipe a cookie cutter with oil and place it on a foil covered cookie sheet. Pack the mixture into the cutter, inserting half a straw near the top to create a hole for hanging.
  3. Bake the biscuit (with the straw) in a 170 degree oven until the biscuit is hard, about one hour. Let it cool.
  4. Remove the straw, thread a ribbon through the hole, and hang it outside in a sheltered spot.

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