Our part of the country (the southeast) has had an unusually cold winter this year. Temperatures have dipped below the normal range almost every week since the first of January; we’ve had three snow/ice storms in the past two months when we usually only see one during the season. Is it any wonder that everyone in our home is looking forward to spring?
This past week we did a fun activity that helped put us in the mood even more. This simple craft is great for all ages, even moms.
Painted Flower Pots
What you’ll need:
- Small clay pots
- Potting soil
- Acrylic Craft Paints
- Smocks or Paint shirts
- Containers filled with water
- Paint Brushes
- Styrofoam plates
- Paper Towels
Before you begin, cover your table top or painting area with newspaper, allowing for easy clean up. Have each student put on a paint smock or shirt; acrylic paints usually don’t come out of clothing.
Provide each student with a pot, a Styrofoam plate to use as a palette, paintbrushes, a container of water to clean the brushes, and a paper towel to dab the brushes on after they’ve been cleaned.
Tell the students that they will be painting their own designs on the pots. Before beginning, though, have them think about what they want to paint. Do they want to paint spots and stripes? Butterflies? Rainbows? Geometric shapes? Solid colors?
Now instruct the children to begin painting. Have them wash their brushes out when changing colors.
After the students have finished decorating the pots, allow the pots to dry for a few minutes. These acrylic paints dry quickly, so they won’t have to wait too long.
When the pots are dry, show the children how to fill them with potting soil. Provide them with two or three seeds (we used sunflower seeds), and show them how to plant them. A perfect opportunity to learn about the life cycle of plants!
Now add a little water and place the pot in a sunny location. Watch for the new life to push through — and enjoy the first signs of spring!