Make Your Own Vase Activity

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Updated on Dec 5, 2013

Spring has finally arrived! Celebrate the season of flowers by making a garden-inspired vase budding with blooms of the season. Capturing the feeling of a cheerful sunny day, this vase is just the thing to brighten your table for spring.

Want to bump up the learning? Use this activity to segue into a lesson on plants and the seasons. What happens to plants in the spring? Explore plant anatomy and growth with your young botanist to dive headfirst into the science of spring!

What You Need:

  • Shallow plastic container or glass jar (yogurt containers and baby food jars work well), washed well and dried
  • Non-toxic, clear-drying glue
  • Disposable cup
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Assorted small natural objects such as flower petals and leaves (go on a scavenger hunt with your child to find these)

What You Do:

  1. Start by looking over the natural objects your child found outside. Talk about the plants they came from and how the plants look different depending on the season. Did she see that flower in winter? How does the natural world change in the spring?
  2. Now start the vase. Help her cut the leaves and flowers into smaller pieces.
  3. Squeeze a small amount of glue into the disposable cup and mix in just a tiny bit of water to help thin it out.
  4. Have her paint a thin layer of glue on the outside of the plastic container or glass jar using the paint brush.
  5. Now have her decorate the vase by pressing the flower and leaf pieces firmly onto the container or vase. Add an extra layer of glue if needed.
  6. Set aside to dry.
  7. Once the glue is dry, fill the vase with fragrant potpourri and display!

Try making vases for other times of the year. Use seasonal or holiday-themed flowers and plants, such as red, orange, and yellow leaves for a fall vase.

Erica Loop has a MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. She has many years of teaching experience working in early childhood education, and as an arts educator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

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