Grow a grassy guy or gal and play "hair" stylist -- creating everything from buzz cuts to ponytails and braids! Variations of this fun summer activity are quite popular on Pinterest. Our version is below (taken from The Budding Artist):

What You Will Need:

  • Black marker
  • Children's safety scissors
  • Grass seeds
  • Large Styrofoam cup
  • Potting soil
  • Small watering can
  • Trowel or large spoon
  • Water

What to Do:

  1. Draw eyes, a nose, and a mouth on the outside of the cup.
  2. Add potting soil to the cup, about two-thirds full.
  3. Sprinkle grass seeds on top of the soil, then cover the seeds with a small amount of soil.
  4. When you finish covering the seeds, pour a small amount of water into the cup. What do you think will happen? Do you think the grass will grow quickly or slowly? Why do you think you drew a face on the cup? How tall do you think the grass can grow?
  5. After several days, when the grass grows and reaches a height of 1" to 2" above the rim of the cup, trim the grass with safety scissors. If you need help working the scissors, ask an adult how to use the scissors or ask him to put his hands over yours and guide you.

Try these ideas!

  • Pull up a few of the blades of grass as they grow, and examine the roots.
  • Cut out butterflies and bugs from construction paper, and use them to decorate the grass.

Books to enjoy with this activity!


For more art-inspiring activities perfect for ages three to six, check out The Budding Artist (ISBN 978-0-87659-384-4, paperback and e-Book formats, $9.95). This fun-filled collection of arts and crafts activities will help you and your child have as much fun creating art as admiring the finished product!