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Kids Activity: Crazy Faces with Plants

Plant Hair, don't care!

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By Reba Luiken, Arboretum coordinator of informal interpretation

There’s no need to be serious with this easy nature activity.  Kids of all ages (and kids at heart) will love creating crazy plant hairstyles for their newly created friends!

It only takes a few minutes to draw up a face (unless, of course you’d like to take longer), and it will give you a new perspective on the plants in your neighborhood or yard. 

An old cereal box, a sharpie and scissors can lead to a lot of fun in the garden. Photo by Reba Luiken.


Cardboard (I used thin cardboard like the kind you’ll find in a cereal box, but you can also use thicker cardboard or cardstock)

Make the faces as simple or fancy as you’d like. Photo by Reba Luiken.


1. Draw a face on your piece of cardboard. Get creative but leave out the hair!

2. Cut out your face.

3. Head outside to find some hair for your new friend!

Extensions: Of course, hair might grow on the top of your head, but could you also find an exciting beard for your face? Are there other creatures who could make use of plant “hair” in the garden? Maybe a unicorn with a colorful mane? A pointy hat for a gnome? A pattern for a beetle’s shell?

Based on an activity by Family Days Tried and Tested

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