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Grow Grass Hair for Project or Pets

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I created this learning project for some 1st graders, but it's also a great springtime/Easter project that can benefit pets and wildlife too! We grew rye grass in plastic cups. Once grown they are pretty decorations around the house or can be offered to the family cat, or even left outside for the wildlife who may need food in this early springtime!




  1. Draw funny faces on plastic cups if you are doing project this with children. Tell them they are going to grow hair!
  2. Add soil to the plastic cups.
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  4. Sprinkle a lot of seeds on top of the soil. These are rye seeds.
  5. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. Tamp it down lightly.
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  7. Fold a wet paper towel and place on top of the soil
  8. Water the soil a little more (the paper towel will keep the seeds in place and hold in the water close to the seeds).
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  10. Place the cup into the plastic bag and seal shut. This will act as a greenhouse, keeping the soil warmer and moist while the seeds sprout. No need to place in the light/sun yet.
  11. Check in 3-5 days. You should already start seeing little seeds sprouting. You may leave the paper towel on longer, until you see many of the seeds sprouting. Then remove the paper towel and just leave the bagged pots closer to light.
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  13. You can offer to let the kids cut their new grass hair or to hairspray the hair (using a water mister as a hairspray).
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  15. It could be a cute egg holder on your Easter table or you may offer it to your pet cats or leave it outside for wildlife to enjoy!


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