Grow a Very Hairy Caterpillar
(from the Family Fun
Class Size Caterpillar
Combine 4 cups of potting soil and
4 tbsp. of quick-sprouting grass seed in a large bowl. Cut the
bottom from a small yogurt container or a paper cup for a funnel.
Then slide a knee-high stocking over it. Pour or spoon 3/4 to 1 cup
of soil mixture into the stocking, then slide a colorful ponytail
holder over the end of the stocking to section off the pocket of
soil. Repeat this process to make 5 soil-filled segments. Tie a knot
in the top of the stocking and trim away any excess nylon.
Submerge the caterpillar in
water for 10minutes, then place it in a plastic
bag and let it sit
overnight. Remove the bag and loop a semi-straightened bobby pin
through the front of the stocking, then glue a wiggly eye onto each
end of the pin. For antennae, cut a pipe cleaner in half, glue a
small pom-pom onto one end of each half, and stick them in place.
Set your caterpillar on a plate by a
sunny window and generously water the whole thing every other day.
Your critter should sprout hair in about 4 to 5
Use a 1/3cup soil/grass
mixture and fill 3 sections. Use small hair bands, not the fancy
ones as directed above. You can get 3 pair of knee-highs in a pack
for a dollar and get 2 caterpillars out of each stocking.
Leave the knee-high whole to fill the
first caterpillar, then rubber band the end, knot the stocking and
cut off. Put a knot in the half stocking that was left and turn it
inside out so the knot is inside.
Then filled the second one.