- an empty egg shell, with enough shell left to fill with dirt
- a toilet paper tube
- brown construction paper (or a paper bag)
- a small amount of yellow tissue paper (or yarn, to use as straw)
- googly eyes (optional)
- a pencil (or pen)
- school glue ( or a glue stick)
- potting soil (enough to fill the egg)
- and grass (or chive seeds)
You can prepare all the parts ahead, and let them assemble, but older children could probably manage all the steps on their own.
1. Begin by cutting an inch off the end of the toilet paper tube. Put the smaller piece aside, to use for the hat. Then, cut a “V” shape down from the top of the larger piece, and fold back the edges, as shown, to suggest a shirt collar.
2. Fringe a small square, about 2”x2”, of the tissue paper, to use as straw, sticking out of the collar, around the neck. To make the hat, cut a circle of brown paper, around the smaller piece of cardboard tube, big enough to make a brim. Trace the inside of the tube, with a pencil, in the center of the circle, and cut an “X” across the middle. Then fold up the four triangles created by the “X”, and glue them to the inside of the tube.
3. For the arms, glue another square of fringed tissue paper to the each end of a rectangle of brown paper, that is just over twice as long as you want the arms to be. Then, roll the rectangle lengthwise, using glue to hold it together. Cut the roll in half, and fold over the cut ends, to make flaps for gluing to the toilet paper tube.
4. Draw a face onto the egg, Glue the Googly Eyes. Fill the Egg with Dirt. Draw a mouth. Glue the arms onto the sides of the toilet paper tube, and glue on a few small, brown paper, squares for patches (a couple of pencil lines on each side of the squares, makes it look like they’re stitched on). Place the tissue paper into the cut “V”, and set the dirt filled egg, on top.
5. Sprinkle grass seeds into the egg, and cover them with a thin layer of dirt – water carefully, but thoroughly.
6. Put the hat on the egg head, place the scarecrow in a sunny window, and keep it watered. After a few days, a crop of crazy hair should shoot up through the top of the hat.
Original Post: http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/2010/10/scarecrow-grass-head-egg-planters.html