In this activity from The GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 3-Year-Olds, children will take part in painting their own flower pots and planting flower seeds. Allow the children to observe and take care of the plant with water and sunshine, and talk to them about the growth cycle of plants from seed, to bud, to bloom.
- Small clay pot and saucer
- Acrylic paint
- Small paintbrushes
- Clear resin spray can (found at hobby stores)
- Flower seeds or small flowering plants
- Moist potting soil
What To Do
- Give each child a small clay pot and saucer.
- Ask the children to place their pots upside down on newspaper and paint designs on them. (It's nice to write the date on the bottom.)
- Leave the pots on the newspaper and allow them to dry thoroughly.
- When the pots are dry, keep them on the newspaper and spray them generously with clear resin spray (adult only). Let them dry overnight.
- When the pots are completely dry (not tacky), fill them with moist potting soil and place the saucers under each pot.
- Help the children plant either the seeds or small flowers and water them lightly.
- Place the pots in a warm, sunny window until they are ready to give as a gift.
More to do
- Books: Read books about flowers and how they grow.
- Field Trip: Visit a botanical garden or large nursery.
- Holidays: Talk about Mother's Day and what it means.