If you are the parent of a child currently in my classroom and you DO NOT want to know what we are making for Mother's Day gifts, please do not continue reading. I wanted to write this post now because I know the majority of my readers are not parents of children in my class. From the comments you leave it appears that you appreciate it when I post things a bit ahead instead of in "real time" so that you could incorporate these projects in your setting right now instead of waiting until the next year rolls around. If you fall into that category, READ ON!!
Since we have been studying plants, it seemed perfect to plant seeds and grow flowers to give as Mother's Day gifts. About two weeks ago each child planted two marigold seeds into little seed starter pots. This week we were all thrilled to see that our seeds have sprouted. While they will probably not be flowering by Mother's Day, they should at least have a good start.
Before giving these as Mother's Day gifts, we will transplant them into some pots that we are currently in the process of decorating. I order THESE POTS from Discount School Supply. They are bigger than I imagined, but not too big. Using a foam brush and watered down glue, we are decoupaging THESE pre-cut tissue paper squares onto the pots. I will bring them home and give them a good coat of acrylic spray to make them shiny and waterproof on the outside. They are NOT waterproof on the inside, nor do they have drainage holes. We will line them with sandwich baggies before transplanting the marigolds into them. My thought is that the mommies can eventually transplant the marigold again, then keep the pot as a keepsake. I think they are turning out so cute. I love the patchwork look.