“ Manufacturer: Hawkins Bazaar / Type: Novelty toy „
Mr Grasshead is a head that grows grass out of the top that can be cut and styled- not quite a 'Girls World' head though (although once you cut her hair it doesn't grow back......). I don't know why but my daughter wanted one of these, it cost five quid from Hawkins Bazaar- not that cheap but cheap enough. The 'head' came in a box with 'Mr Grasshead He's a pal in a Pot' written on the front. He's cute with stuck on googly eyes, a round bulgy nose and a smiley face. I'd say he's the size of a large potato. Really he's ladies tights filled with sawdust, grass seeds stuffed at the top and tied up at the bottom- so you could make your own. Also in the box is a polystyrene cup to keep him watered and to stand him on. Mr Grassy is for children age 3+. The procedure is easy enough, we had to soak him in water for a few minutes, fill the cup, sit him in it and then make sure to keep him topped up, this needs to be done atleast once aday as you can't let him dry out. All you do then is wait. It doesn't take long to sprout grass out of the top of his head- probably a week and a half. Once it starts it grows quite quickly ours grew to around three inches in the first three weeks. It was sparse at first but was soon surprisingly thick and grew uniformly on the top rather than sprouting all over the place. My daughter let it get long before she cut and 'styled' it. The grass recovers quickly and just keeps growing like a lawn does. She had him for many months before his demise, I suppose he must have dried out because the grass died. I would recommend him but I would have a go at making one myself -if there's a next time- to save a few quid. Four stars from me, it would be five if he had cost abit less.
So my sister is the biggest pain to buy for at christmas, she has literally everything and there is nothing left that she wants. So I thought lets go novelty, I went to Hawkins Bazaar, a shop in the St James shopping centre in Edinburgh. I spotted the Mr Grasshead, and since she has had some of these growing novelty presents before I thought that this would be perfect. I paid £5 for this and I thought she would love it amongst other small presents for christmas. So I wrapped it up and she opened it on christmas day and sure enough she couldnt wait to get started. I did however help her to look after and to care for this toy, so I feel that I am still able to comment on this toy, as I bought and used it along with my sister. The kit includes a grow bag around the size of a clenched fist, or around the size of a apple. The growbag contains sawdust and grass pellets, it also includes a watering tray which you stand the toy in when you water it. The grass grows out of the top of the bag when you water it, you can cut and style the grass once it has grown, so that the hair can look however you want it too. The bag also has a face on, hence the name mr grasshead, it is meant to look like a real face. The grass does not take long to grow at all, I think around 5 days and it was already starting to sprout, as long as you give it the water it needs and place it somewhere that the light can get to it easilly, this is because it is like your grass outside and needs both of these to grow. The packaging for the toy is just a standard cardboard box, it has the picture of the Mr Grasshead on all sides of the packaging. It also has very standard writing on the side of the box, this makes the toy look rather dull and boring, however it does possess novelty value for a little while, for my sister at least who is thirteen years old. The instructions are very simple and are written on the side of the box, all you have to do is place the Mr Grasshead in the watering tray, pour water on the top of his head and a little in the tray so it is soaked up by the sawdust in the grow bag and sure enough it will start to grow. Overall I would suggest buying this toy if you want something novel that can keep you entertained for a little while, or if you want something that actually works, unlike a few novelty toys that I have seen before. The grass on the top will keep going as long as the head is properly maintained and you keep watering it. After a while the toy does start to become really soggy and smell a bit damp due to the sawdust inside becoming wet, so in the end you do have to throw it away, but it really does work and is good value for money, just for the interest it gives, even to my sister.
-THE STORY- When I awoke on Christmas morning 2011, I was surprised to see that Santa had visited me. Not because I had been naughty that year, but because I'm 22 and living with my boyfriend. With all the excitement of a 5 year old, I tore through my stocking, flinging wrapping paper all over our flat, and I discovered that Santa had brought me a Mr Grassyhead. -WHAT IS IT?- After all the unwrapping was done, I was keen to start the Mr Grassyhead process. Mr Grassyhead is basically a ball of sawdust with grass seeds on the top, wrapped in some tights and completed with some goggly eyes. He comes with a small polystyrene pot which he sits in and you fill it up with water as often as needs be. I filled up the pot with water, sat my Mr Grassyhead in it and placed him in the kitchen. If I'm honest, I wasn't really expecting much. -DID IT WORK?- After being away for a couple of days to visit family, I returned to a still-bald Mr Grassyhead. Needless to say I was dissapointed, but still continued to fill up the water pot. After a few more days, small spikes of grass started to poke through the top of Mr Grassyhead's head... yay! Before I knew it, Mr Grassyhead had a full head of hair that stuck up 3 inches above him! -HOW LONG DID IT LAST?- By regularly topping up the polystyrene pot with water, Mr Grassyhead lasted about 2 weeks. He might have lasted longer but after that I forgot to water him. His 'hair' went dry and floppy, so I had to change his hair to a flatter style but he still looked great! -SUMMARY- Overall, Mr Grassyhead provided me with fun and laughter for the 2 weeks that he lasted. It is great to watch him go from bald to bountiful and you can even cut his 'hair' into whatever style you want! I think he is a great gift for someone of any age.
We don't have a garden, just a small back yard and I'm not very good at keeping plants alive but I did want to teach my son about plants and growth and patience. I decided that what we needed was a little mustard cress plant for our kitchen window sill, to go alongside the orchids that I was only just keeping alive. After Christmas I was leafing through my Hawkins catalogue for some small presents for my elder sons birthdays, they're both born in January so I get their big present half way through the previous year and get the smaller ones in the sales, that way they get better quality presents for what we can afford. I turned the page and saw Mr Grasshead. What a brilliant idea for a starting plant! I couldn't believe how simple it was, no dead heading or pruning or anything, just water and it grows, pure genius. Mr Grasshead is a few inches high and a couple of inches wide. It's a small bag made out of nylon type stuff and filled with sawdust apparently the grass seed is already mixed into the sawdust. On the front of the bag is a friendly looking face with googly eyes, a nose shaped out of the bag and a stuck on mouth. The grass grows to form his or her hair. It came quite soon and I decided to get it going straight away with my son, talk about teaching him patience lol. So without waiting the two remaining days to his Birthday we opened it and watered it. That's literally all you need to do, I would also recommend putting some sort of dish below it to stop the water oozing out onto your window sill. Then you wait until the grass starts to grow, only a few days. It does say something in the catalogue about trimming his hair but I didn't want to give my three year old ideas! My son loved it, by his birthday he had something to look at, and now five months later it's still going. Hurray I kept... ahem... my son kept a plant alive, and it looks healthy and everything! Maybe I'll even give fruit a try next year. You can pick up other plants and seeds much cheaper than this infact you could make one yourself out of an old pair of tights, but for about £4.00, full price, it's hardly extravagant and it's a bit of fun encouraging patience and a sense of achievement when your child sees the first sprouts, he's bored of it now but it was worth it just to see his cheesy grin and pride, when it started sprouting he told everyone he saw, even strangers in the street, that he had "grewed a grasshead".
***MR GRASSHEAD*** Mr Grasshead consists of lots of saw-dust which is packed into what looks like part of a pair of ladies tights. On top of the saw-dust there is lots of grass seed and there is a bobble for a nose and 2 googly eyes are stuck on so it makes a face. You can see the Grass-head is tied into a knot at the bottom which helps to absorb the water. The grass-head comes in a simple, blue box with some information and basic instructions on the back. The box looks like it's very cheaply made but I guess things were simple back in the 80's which is where this idea originally comes from. In the box you will also find a small polystyrene cup which the Grasshead sits on. My 3 years old nephew was very excited about seeing Mr Grasshead grow some hair and helped me top the water up when it needed it. ***PRICE/AVALIABILITY*** Mr Grasshead is available to buy from Hawkins Bazaar for £3.99. You can buy it from their stores or on their website which is www.hawkin.com. I haven't seen these available to buy from anywhere else apart from here. ***STARTING OFF MR GRASSHEAD*** To start the Grasshead off simply pop the whole thing into a bowl of water for about 3 minutes until it is nice and soaked. Simply fill the polystyrene cup up with water and then sit the Grasshead on top of the cup where it will soak up the water. Every few hours I checked the water in the cup to make sure it was topped up as I found that the water would soak up quite easily. I say every few hours but this was more like 3-4 times a day. I also ran the top of it under the tap a few times as there were times when I thought the top looked and felt very dry, so I thought I would help it out a bit. ***ONE WEEK LATER*** There is still no sign of any grass sprouting from the top of his head. My nephew said to me 'No, grass yet, Lisa'. I thought maybe I had done something wrong as I thought it might have started to grow by now. I continued to fill the polystyrene cup up with water and made sure it was topped up. I even continued to run the top of it under the tap as well when I thought it looked or felt dry but I was beginning to think nothing would ever happen. How-ever I was determined to get some grass out of this thing so I continued topping up the water. My Nephew was also expecting some grass by now. ***SEVEN TO TWELVE DAYS LATER*** Well it's been just over 1 week since I purchased Mr Grasshead and now he has more grass growing from his head. It's still quite sparse but you can see the spikey bits are turning into a nice green colour now. On about the 10th day there is quite a lot of Grass on top of his head now but it's still growing and seems to be growing very quickly day, by day. It's now been12 day's since I started Mr Grasshead off and there is a nice amount of grass on top of his head now and even some near his nose, how-ever I am expecting more grass to grow within the next few days. It's now 14 days later and there is lots of grass (about 1 inch) on top of Mr Grasshead. As long as I continue to water it, it will continue to grow. I couldn't resist cutting the sides and giving it a Mohican look though! ***OVERALL OPINION*** My nephew found this quite interesting and found it fun to see how much grass had grown each day on Mr Grasshead. Although it look a while for the grass to grow, when it did eventually grow it grew lots and lasted for quite a long time if you keep watering it. When I had previously tried this the grass didn't seem to grow and I think it's because when you fill the pot up with water I don't think it soaks all the way up to the top of the Grasshead enough to keep it moist, which is why I ran this one under the tap every so often to keep it moist and to help the grass grow. Although this is a very simple thing to do it is fun and my nephew loved it! (Review also on ciao)
For Christmas this year, a friend of ours sent us this Hawkins Bazaar "Mr Grasshead" through the post as a novelty present. As we had the Growing Penguin and the Grow Your Own Dinosaur to play with as our novelty gifts at Christmas, so I put this to one side to set off hopefully, "growing" in the new year. *Product* The Mr Grasshead comes in a very basic almost 1980s design cardboard box with quite poor very cheap looking lettering on it which just tells you it is "Mr Grasshead" and the photo (photo on this review) printed on all sides of the box. From the box aesthetics it looks like the sort of thing you would find at the back of a £1 shop. So they are not doing themselves any favours with the box design! Nontheless-- When you open the box you get a ball made from what looks like ladies brown tights (think Nora Batty) with what looks to be sand inside and seeds at the top. This also has a smaller round ball also made from hosiery/ nylon material to form the nose and two wobbly eyes and a mouth which looks to be made from some sort of fabric paint (like those you used to get which flumped up when you heated them with a hairdryer in the early 1990s). The product measures 3.5 x 4 inches and is quite heavy. You also get a small cheap looking polystyrene cup measuring 1.25 inches high x 2 inches across. This is supposed to be a "saucer" and also a stand to put the head on. *Instructions* The product comes with basic instructions which are very easy to follow. All you have to do is soak the product in water for three minutes then stand it on the polystyrene cup and wait for grass to sprout out of the top- which you ar then supposed to cut and style til your heart is content. *Action?* On the New Years weekend, we decided to set this off to see if anything would happen. I weighed the item down in a large plastic bowl of water and left it to soak for a few minutes then I filled the polystyrene cup with water and stood it on the kitchen window ledge. Nothing seemed to happen for around 10 days, I remembered that grass seed needs lots of water (why you always see old men in their gardens putting grass seed down in the rain!) so we made sure we filled up the little polystyrene cup with water every day and I have also ran the whole thing under the tap once of twice as I was not convinced what looks like sand inside the nylon outer cover would actually suck up the water. I was able to give the head a trim for the first time yesterday- so 17 days after it was set off growing, it had grown a head of hair around 2-2.5 inches high x 2 inches across. Not quite as bushy as in the photo- but it is early days yet! I am hopeful that as this is grass seed and the grass on a garden lawn just keeps growing, this will keep growing for many months yet. *Price* I have looked this up on the Hawkins website (www.hawkin.com) as it was a present I was not sure of the price. These cost £3.99 new and are available either in Hawkins shops or on their website. I think that is a very good price seeing as the other "Growing" toys I bought cost £2.50 and this is set to last for much longer! *Overall* Overall, I would recommend this. I think it would be a great thing to have on your desk at work if you work in an office and need a little lift (if you are allowed plants on your desk..) though to be safe you may need to put it on a better saucer/ stand to stop water spilling out when you add water. I am enjoying having this on the windowsill in the kitchen as I keep forgetting it is there and it is quite exciting to look at when it first starts to sprout. It has even developed eyebrows (we had to trim this too as it was starting to sprout a monobrow like Noel Gallagher). I think this would be a good present for children (to introduce them to gardening or to growing things) or for adults too. The website states 3+ and I would agree with this as the nose seems to be secured on well enough for a child not to pull off and try to eat (also the eyes). But to err on the side of caution, if you buy this to grow with a small child, I would not leave them unattended with it as children are geniuses at getting into things so you wouldn't want sand all over your carpet! The only flaw I can think of (apart from the poor box design) is I really dislike the cheap polystyrene cup it comes with. I thought this would be squashed as soon as I put the water soaked head on it, but it has kept its shape and has not leaked yet.. But I just dislike the look of it, so you may want to find a larger pot or ramekin (bout the same size) to stand this in. I am going to update this review as I am interested to know how long this will "grow" for and I think the review needs an update in a few months so I can let you know how many haircuts it has survived.