One eggshell, cracked near the top, and "lid" removed,
for each student
Bottle caps that are fairly tall rather than wide
Hot-glue gun and gluesticks
Colored permanent markers, such as fine-point Sharpies
Soilless potting mix | spoon | ryegrass seed | water
a crazy introduction to indoor seed-starting. You can have your students
collect as many eggshells as they would like to make into "eggheads." The
"hair" will be grass that they grow from seed.
To begin, make sure
the eggshell "empty heads" are clean and dry.
some hot-glue on the inner rim of a bottle cap so that the eggshell rests
inside it. Let dry.
and decorate a face on the eggshell.
a small spoon, carefully place soilless potting mix in the eggshell, about ¾ of
the way to the top. Moisten the soil with about 5 sprays of water mist.
a small quantity of ryegrass seeds and sprinkle onto the soilless mix. With the
spoon, place about one-fourth inch more soilless mix on top. Moisten with
another 5 sprays of water mist.
on a flat tray or other sturdy surface and put in a sunny, south-facing window.
Mist daily. Don't let the soil get soggy - just keep it moist.
about three days, the ryegrass should sprout. As the grass grows, each student
can decide whether to cut it into a crewcut, let it grow long, make dreadlocks,
or whatever they'd like to do with their eggheads!