Growing grass heads – cross-curricular science

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By Helen Clareproject manager specialising in creative science

Combine simple animation techniques with scienceto record the growth of a grass seed.

you will need

Stocking material; elastic bands; cotton wool; grass seed; water jug or can; felt-tipped pens; small plant pots; cardboard; pencil; scissors; glue; Sellotape; stapler; digital camera; copies of the zoetrope template (see back of giant poster); photo-processing software.

whole class

Give each child or group of children the bottom 3-6 inches of a stocking. Ask them to sprinkle grass seeds inside, then fill with cotton wool until it is the size of a small tennis ball. Wrap an elastic band tightly around the bottom and use felt-tipped pens to add a face (see fig 1). Place in a pot for stability and then sprinkle water over the top of the head.

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