To begin with, if you’re the mama of one of my preschool students . . . walk away! I mean it! Close this post and come back later. Well, at least pretend you didn’t see it. Act surprised, okay? Now that that’s out of the way, I want to share how to make a fingerprint flowerpot for Mother’s Day.
Supplies you’ll need:
- small terra cotta clay pots
- acrylic paint in various colors
- paint brushes
- tissue paper
- clear plastic gift bags
- homemade seed bombs
This week, I had a blast making these flowerpots with my preschool students! To begin the project, the kiddos used white acrylic paint on the small clay pots.
Once the white paint had dried, I called each child over individually to design the flowerpot for his mom. I laid out a variety of acrylic paints for them to choose from — red, pink, yellow, green, purple, and blue. I poured the paint into shallow plastic cups so the children’s small hands could fit into them easily. For the fingerprint flowers, the kids placed one painted fingertip in the middle. They chose different colors to paint 5 or 6 fingerprints around the central one. There was enough room for each child to paint 4 fingerprint flowers on her clay pot.
After the fingerprint flowers were dried, I wrote “Happy Mother’s Day – 2013” along the top edge of each pot. Since the pots were small, it would have been too difficult for the kids to do this on their own. I made sure the students got to choose which color permanent markers on used, of course!
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The kids put tissue paper squares inside their flowerpots, along with 2 seed bombs. We made the seed bombs at our school’s Dirt & Mud Day (more on that later) and let them dry in preparation for the kids’ Mother’s Day gifts. We used the “recipe” from Frugal Girls’ “DIY Wildflower Seed Bombs” post.
From there, the flowerpots were placed in clear cellophane gift bags and tied with ribbon (the kids chose the colors). The kiddos made a card with two sides to attach to their flowerpots. One side said “love, (name)” — they wrote that out for their mamas. The other side had a flower outline they colored in, along with the words “you make every day bloom with happiness”. I wish I could take credit for that cute saying, but I can’t. One of my former colleagues came up with it for me (thanks, T)! 🙂
I think the boys and girls did a great job with their Mother’s Day gifts! I know they can’t wait to take them home. Some of the kids are already planning on where they’ll hide the gifts prior to Mother’s Day. The consensus seems to be under their beds, in case you were wondering. What are you doing for Mother’s Day gifts this year?
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