Craft a Swan Plant Container Activity

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Updated on Oct 15, 2012

Spark your child's interest in gardening with this fun arts and crafts activity! Using just a plastic gallon milk jug and some paint, create a swan planting container that you can grow your favorite flower in. This is a great way to teach your child how to recycle and re-use items at home and let her use her "green thumb" to boot! It makes a great Earth Day activity, and will beat boredom in a snap.

What You Need:

  • 1 empty gallon of milk
  • White paint (enamel paint works well)
  • Paint brush
  • Paper napkin
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

What You Do:

  1. Use the scissors to cut a zigzag pattern horizontally across the gallon, leaving the handle intact.
  2. Bend the zigzag edges slightly outward; these will form the swan's feathers.
  3. Use the white paint on the entire outer part of the gallon.
  4. Crumple up a white paper napkin into a tight ball, to be the swan's head. Glue it to the top of the handle on the gallon.
  5. Cut one small triangle and two small circles out of the construction paper for the eyes and beak. Glue them onto the head and let the glue dry.
  6. Put some soil into the swan and plant your desired flower!
Barbara Sweet has a Master's degree in Education and has taught Spanish in grades K-12, as well as a variety of undergraduate college courses. She is also the mother of a nine-year-old son.

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