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|Painted Pots using Star Stickers|
If you are like me there are loads of activities you never get around to doing with children. Over the past week I’ve had the opportunity to test out a number of garden crafts without the kids, especially those involving paint. Four weeks notice to stock and run a plant and produce stall for the school fair was not enough time to grow very much. We therefore decided to supplement the green produce on the stall with some home painted pots and stones. I saw the advert for 100 free terracotta pots on freegle too late to grab them so it was off to Homebase to buy some.
|Stencils on pot|
A couple of class mums met one evening to stock the stall and have a couple of glasses of wine. I had diligently read up that to make the paint waterproof and weather proof . So we used 2 parts acrylic paint to one part PVC glue. Our experiences that evening taught us to let your creative juices flow and if they don’t use stencils. However the easiest method was placing stickers on the pot and rim. Large stickers that stuck really well worked best. On the basis of the mess we created then if doing this with kids outdoors is probably advisable. We had great fun and found it very therapeutic, hopefully something that will equally apply to children.
All of the pots comments apply equally to painting pebbles. The smaller surface area and flatter configuration may well make them easier to paint. I loved the idea of painting a child’s name or initials on a stone. Great for them to place on their plot.
Bunches of Herbs
If you have hardwood culinary herbs such as bay, rosemary and thyme already growing in your garden you can make good use of them. This is a really easy kids activity. Depending on age, they can help to choose the herbs to cut, take off any decaying leaves and tie with pretty ribbons. They can then be hung up to dry somewhere visible where the stages of drying can be observed. Finally at a later date the kids can pick them for use in cooking.
So in future I won't be quite so daunted at having a go at the more messy garden crafts with my son. I hope this account has also encouraged you.