This is a nice project for Understand How to be Responsible #5.
- length of nylon stockings
- grass seeds
- top soil
- floss or thread
- misc craft supplies (optional)
- Cut your nylon stocking into pieces. We found we could get six piece from each pair of stockings, three from each leg.
- If you don’t have the toe, tie one end with floss or thread and turn the stocking inside out. If you have a toe you can skip this step.
- Place one tablespoon of grass seed in the stocking.
- Fill the stocking with a cup or so of soil.
- Tie the bottom of the stocking with more floss or thread.
- Pull out one clump of dirt and wrap floss around it to form a nose.
- Use white or hot glue to attach the eyes.
- You can add felt, pipe cleaners etc to create eye brows, bow ties, etc but don’t cover the top of the head.
- Place in a cup and keep damp. The grass hair will grow in about a week.
You might want to warn the girls to keep their grass heads away from pets as in our unit we had at least one grass head given a hair cut by the family cat.
For Thinking Day this year we held a bring a parent night. We made all the parents honourary Guides for the night. They even marched into horseshoe with their girls.
We based the meeting around this years WAGGGS Thinking Day Challenge Grow.
After horseshoe we all played CABAÑA, GUEST, or VOLCANO to complete the roots section. Then we split into three groups for a round robin.
The first station was run by a Guider originally from Holland who taught them a party game where you eat snack bread off a string while blindfolded. Everyone also got to try the snack bread she’d made.
The second station was the Grow your collaboration game from the challenge pack. We ran that out in the hallway where we could set up a good maze of wool. The girls and parents went though the maze three times, once on their own. Once holding hands with a partner. And once holding hands with one partner blindfolded.
The final station was our seeds stop, were the girls made seed heads (instructions soon) with the help of their parents.
After the round robin we had a badge presentation for all the badges the girls have earned since enrollment. It was nice to have the parents there for that.