Recycle, craft and plant all in one! These fun egg head people can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose them to be. Decorate the cardboard tube rolls to give your people clothes, fill the egg shells with dirt and seeds and watch their hair grow!
Time: 20 minutes plus growing time for hair
Age: Under 5's, 5-10's
Egg shells – ensure the shells are cleaned well
Cardboard tube rolls
Paint and paint brushes
Scrap paper, fabric, ribbon and/or buttons
Permanent black marker
Cut your cardboard tube rolls down to the desired size.
Paint your cardboard tube rolls if you wish or cover with craft paper. Let the paint dry and accent to resemble clothes.
Cut out paper to resemble shoes for your tube rolls. Glue around the bottom of the tubes and place on the paper. Allow the glue to dry.
Using the permanent marker, put a face on your egg shell.
My kids were afraid of breaking the shells so I held the egg while they put the face on.
Fill the shell with potting soil.
Sprinkle with a liberal amount of grass seed. Gently pat the soil down and evenly distribute the seeds.
Cover with a light layer of soil. An egg carton will work well to keep your egg shells upright and safe while the seed is germinating.
Water your egg shells and put in a warm spot to germinate. Keep the soil damp but not wet – remember there is no drainage in the bottom of the shell. Allow 7-10 days for seeds to germinate.
When your egg heads have hair, place on your cardboard tube bodies.
Arrange your egg head family! When their hair gets too long, give them a haircut!
My kids have even named their egg heads: Parker, Evie, Sam and Sally!
The parts of this craft are short and easy but the overall craft does involve some planning as the grass takes some time to grow. My kids had fun checking on the grass every day to see if any had sprouted yet and making sure the soil was moist. This is a fun way to introduce children to the needs of plants!