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Painted Flower Pots

This activity will help your child manipulate tools in play and learn to create art with a variety of materials.

What You Will Need:

  • Terra-cotta flowerpots
  • Acrylic paints
  • Small paintbrushes
  • Foam stamps
  • Clear acrylic spray
  • Vinyl tablecloth, shower curtain, or newspapers to keep work surface clean
  • Paint shirts for children

What to Do:

  1. Give your child a flowerpot, and set out the decorative materials. Invite her to decorate the pot.
  2. Spray the painted pot with a clear acrylic spray (adult-only step), and allow it to dry.

More Fun!

  • Fill the finished pot with a flower or plant. You could even ask your child if she would like to make paper flowers to place inside.


Paper Flowers

This activity will help develop your child's scissor skills and strengthen her eye-hand coordination.

What You Will Need:

What to Do:

  1. After your child selects the paper for her flowers, help her use the scissors to cut the paper in half to form an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" rectangle.
  2. Demonstrate how to accordion-pleat the paper, starting on the long side of the paper. Help her as needed.
  3. Ask her to hold the pleated paper while you help her wind one end of the chenille stick around the center of the paper.
  4. She can separate layers of the paper by gently pulling the paper apart at the edges of the flower.

More Fun!

  • Place the flowers into a piece of Styrofoam and then inside the Painted Flower Pot.

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