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The Very Hairy Caterpillar

Let a little bit of spring in your home with a soddy creature.



Materials

4 cups potting soil

4 tablespoons quick-sprouting grass seed (such as ryegrass seed)

Small yogurt container or paper cup

Knee-high nylon stocking

Colorful ponytail holders

Scissors

Plastic bag

Bobby pin

Googly eyes

Pipe cleaner

Small pom-poms


Instructions

Combine the potting soil and grass seed in a large bowl.

Cut the bottom from a small yogurt container or paper cup for a funnel, then slide a knee-high nylon stocking over it, as shown.

Pour or spoon 3⁄4 to 1 cup of the 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 10 minutes, 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 googly 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 days.


Source: www.familyfun.go.com


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