Make a Friend from Soil and Seeds

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Learners assemble a figure from a nylon stocking or sock stuffed with soil and seeds. The ends of the nylons inside the jar absorb water, which feeds the grass seeds. The seeds grow to become grassy hair for the figure, and the rest of the stuffed nylon becomes the body of the figure. Use this activity to illustrate the process of seed germination.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 4 weeks

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Baby food jar or any container with a narrow opening
  • Knee-high nylons
  • Soil
  • Grass seed
  • Scissors
  • Water
  • Art supplies such as markers, paint, jiggle eyes, felt, fabric and buttons


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Gardening
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access