Making Sock Pets

Sock Pets

Earth Day is a great opportunity to teach children more about sustainability, nature, and what it means to “be green”. This fun project demonstrates those values by using recycled materials and planting seeds. Plus, the funky green hair is hard to beat! Good for Earth Day, or any day.

How to make a Green Haired Sock Pet:

You’ll need an old sock, a plastic container (we found a used Styrofoam cup), potting soil (1 cup per child), grass seed, and felt scraps

1 materials



Glue a felt mouth, nose, and eyes, to the foot of the sock (the toe will become the top of the sock pet’s head.) Allow time for the glue to dry.

2 face


Stretch sock over a sturdy cup and pour a small handful of grass seed into the toe of the sock.

3 seeds


Pack in several handfuls of damp potting soil.

4 dirt


Remove from cup and close off the head end with a knot.

5 tie knot


Fill your recycled plastic container 1/3 full of water.

6 water


Set the sock (face up) in the container, with the leg of the sock immersed in the water.

7 insert in cup


Put the sock pet on a sunny windowsill and watch its grass hair grow! Make sure to keep adding water so soil stays moist.

8 grass growing


In a couple weeks you may even need to give it a haircut!

9 Cutting Grass


Add your own creative touch—arms, legs, or clothing—to finish off your grass pet!

10 Finished Product

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  • Patricia

    This was a great activity for the children. Not only did they enjoy it the teachers had a blast and made their own. They even branched out and used the same concept for herbs.

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    This was a great activity for the children. Not only did they enjoy it the teachers had a blast and made their own. They even branched out and used the same concept for herbs.

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