One more thing I'll add to my post even though it has NOTHING to do with butterflies...I have to show y'all our homemade Chia-Pets! I got this idea from my dear friend Cindy who was my mentor at my old school. She had this idea, and we took it a step further this year....
- Panty Hose cut in 1/2 (I bought a 12 pair pack of knee-highs this year from K-Mart for $5 and we only used 1/2 of the pack!)
- Good potting soil
- Winter Rye Grass Seed (I can always find it at my local hardware store or nursery)
- Small Styrafoam cups (don't get the paper cups because the water at the bottom will leak after a few days)
- Googlie Eyes!
- Glue Dots
- Colorful Yarn
- Tie a knot in the top part of the knee highs that have 2 open ends (the 1/2 that have the toe are fine - no knot needed)
- Mix grass seed with a little bit of soil (maybe a cup or two of soil max!) and soak it over night in water. Drain the water the next day.
- Take a panty - hose and stretch it over your hand like a sock
- Grab about 1/4 cup of grass seed and make sure it stays at the top of the hose
- Grab another BIG handful of soil
- Take the hose off of your hand and secure the bottom with a knot (make sure you have a very tight ball of seed/soil before you tie the knot (you'll have a thin string of panty-hose that hangs down - DO NOT cut this off! It will act as a wick for water later)
- Pour some water in the bottom of a cup.
- Place the seed/soil ball on top of the cup, making sure that the "wick" reaches the water.
- Put a glue dot on the back of each of two googlie eyes and stick them onto the front of the ball.
- For Girls: Use the balls that have a knot in the top and bottom, and tie a piece of yarn on the top knot
- For Boys: Use the balls that have the toe-end of the hose for a smooth head of hair :o) Use a glue dot to glue a bow-tie to the top of the cup.
- Put the cups in a sunny window and watch them grow!
*We let our students draw clothes on the front of their cups. Because You can only make one ball at a time, this keeps the other students in the group occupied. When we did this project, my teacher assistant had the "art center" children with her, so there were 3-4 in a group each day.
**We did not soak our seeds this year so it took 3 weeks before our grass grew! Last year we soaked the seeds and they grew within the week.
***Students can cut their chia-pets' hair and it will grow back.
****Make sure to pour out the water in the cups before sending them home with the students (Yes, I learned this from experience!) :o)
Have fun! They are so cute and so easy!!! Perfect ending to our plant unit! :o)