Clothespin Planter

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What You Need:

  • House plant of choice
  • Planting pot
  • Clothespins
  • Plant base
  • Markers
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Glue
  • Colored pencils

  What You Do:

  1. Choose a house plant both you and your first grader will be happy taking care of.
  2. Once chosen, find a small, plastic plant base that’s big enough for a planting pot to fit inside of. (If you can’t find a plant base, feel free to use something else you don’t mind getting dirty that’s about the size of an empty tuna can.)
  3. Now allow your first grader to create the structure of his planter by clipping clothespins all around the outside of his plant base. (This will serve as the holder for his plant.)
  4. When his planter is complete, allow him to decorate it however he’d like with markers, paper, and any other decorating materials you may have on hand. (Note: Decorating the outside of the planter is optional. If he’d prefer to keep the clothespin planter plain, that’s fine also. Decorating of the clothespins can also occur before or after they’ve been clipped onto the plant base.)
  5. Move your house plant of choice to the planting pot you plan on squeezing into the planter.
  6. When ready, position the pot with your plant into the planter itself. (Note: Don’t worry if it’s not a perfect fit. Chances are, it will look great regardless of whether it fits perfectly or not.)
  7. Now hand your child a piece of paper and a pen.
  8. Have him draw a medium sized circle and seven similarly-sized petals.
  9. Assist him in carefully cutting out the separate petals and circle. These will serve as the building blocks of a paper flower.
  10. Have him glue his petal pieces around the perimeter of the circle until it more or less looks like an actual flower.
  11. In the middle of his paper flower, have him write out the name of the house plant he’ll be caring for.
  12. Then, on at least 5 of the separate petals, have him write out instructions he’ll need to follow in order to care for his new house plant. (Note: Feel free to help him look up care instructions for his plant if you don’t already know what they are.)
  13. When his instructions are complete, hand him one final clothespin to color green. This will serve as the stem to his paper flower instructions.
  14. Allow him to color in his flower with colored pencils before clipping the clothespin to it and placing it into or on the plant he’ll be caring for.
  15. He now has a daily reminder of how to care for his new plant project.

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