- Empty Can
- Variety of Acrylic Paints
- Paint Brush
- Plastic Plate for Paints (use as a paint pallette)
- “Mess Mat” (shower curtain)
- Cup Half Filled with Water to Rinse Paintbrush
- Seeds or Plant Clippings
Any can will do for this project. I suggest getting a larger can to give your plant more space to grow. Begin by washing the can out and taking off the label on the outside of the can.
Next if you’re able to, drill 2 or 3 holes in the bottom of the can so water can drain out easily. Paint the can using a non-washable paint, such as Acrylic or Craft Paint so the paint does not wash off in the rain. Be sure to protect your child’s clothing with a smock and the floor using a “Mess Mat,” as he paints. Allow the paint to dry before adding the soil.
Then, fill the can with soil and add some seeds or a plant clipping. Succulents make great plant clippings if you have any in your garden already. Simply take off 1 leaf or a cutting and stick it on top of the dirt. Be sure to have your child care for their new plant and water it. Watch how your child is drawn to checking on his new planter.
This is a great opportunity to talk about reducing pollution and reusing materials that would otherwise be thrown away. Your new planter will add some great color to the garden.