Grow! Grow! Grow!

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When I was little, I loved playing ‘hairdressers’. I had a couple of equally enthusiastic friends and we would take turns with the clips, ribbons and brushes. One of the girls also had the ultimate toy for us would-be stylists – the big Barbie head that featured lustrous long hair and a face ready to be made up. We had fun but there were never any scissors involved…. and scissors would have given us far more creative freedom.

If you have a would-be stylist at home, why not let them and their scissors loose on these little Nyokki pets? Nyokki is Japanese for ‘grow’, which is exactly what these little egg-shaped characters will do. Each ceramic pot is filled with a growing medium and rye grass seed. Give your Nyokki a little water and within two weeks their ‘hair’ will be fully grown and ready to be styled. Best yet, kids can cut and style over and over again. Add a ribbon or a clip or go crazy and give your pet a mohawk – there’s no such thing as a ‘bad hair week’ when it grows back so quickly.

Get your pet plant at Australia’s Cradle Rock. There are four characters available (pig, panda, frog and monkey) and each are $19.95.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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