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Childs Play In The Garden



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Gardening isn't just for adults. There are a few things kids love more than digging their hands into the earth, watching flowers bloom and spending some up close and personal time with creepy crawlies.

Take a look at your garden inventory.  Are all your garden tools adult size and to dangerous for small inexperienced hands?  Then create a kid zone of garden items, that your little ones can play with.  Other kids something different than the latest doll or video game.

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Kids tools sets, contain shovels, hoes, rakes, aprons, tote bags and gloves specially designed to fit and appeal to small children.  They also make great gifts.  They are safe and easy for them to use. Children with vivid imaginations and zest for life, will love items such as butterfly garden sets or building a birdhouse.

Get your kids outside away from the television.  Let them use the hose or watering can to water plants, let them plant their own garden in a flowerpot but first taking them to the nursery and letting them pick out their own seeds or plants.  Check out the soil and get a small bag of potting mix.  Lastly let them choose a wonderful flowerpot that they can call their own.

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If you want to get crafty you can let them paint a clay pot with acrylic paint and they can put their name on it or their favorite bug.  Once they plant in it let them put it in their bedroom and teach them to become responsible for watering.
Basically kids just want to be with you doing something fun and exciting and playing with garden tools.  Do your part.

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St Patricks Day Craft Idea



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Good Luck St Patrick's Day Craft Idea

Even though it's a few weeks away from St. Patrick's Day or even the beginning of Spring, we saw this clever craft idea using clay pots that would be easy for children to do.  This is fairly easy to do and would make a great gift for a school teacher, friendly neighbor or loving grandparents.  Get the kids together and give it a go.

At Arizona Pottery we love all kinds of holiday crafts using small clay flowerpots. They are perfect for little hands to work with, aren't very expensive and are very easy to turn into easy Holiday DIY gifts & crafts.

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Supplies needed are easy and inexpensive.  Masking tape, clay flowerpots, chalkboard paint, gold spray paint and chalk.

Click here to purchase real terracotta clay pot in all sizes.
Click here for complete instructions from start to finish.
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 3:26:48 PM 

Thanksgiving Crafts Using Clay Flowerpots From Arizona Pottery



DIY Thanksgiving Placecards using clay flowerpots

Create lasting memories and good fun by making these Thanksgiving place-cards

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and share your home with loved ones.  As everyone gathers together for a wonderful day of celebration, we would like to share a few craft ideas that will make the day more fun and decorative.

These personalized place card are made from miniature clay flowerpots and are so easy to do.  We have one for adults that should be made in advance and another for children.  These are as simple as a few glue sticks, feathers, candy, or markers.  Have a place set up in the morning so when the children arrive they have a place to sit and get started.  Make sure that there is always adult supervision.  This will give the children something to do why the adults watch football and cook.

Adult Project:

Gather 3”clay flowerpots. We have them in many sizes including the 3”so click here to shop.
Acrylic paint in black, white, red and blue.
Paintbrush
Craft Foam in black, yellow, green & purple.  These come in sheets at the local craft stores.
Scissors
Thick white crafts glue
Black Fabric paint pen

Decorate the pots by painting each black and allow to dry.  Choose a color to paint the band around the top of each pot. Let dry.  Make white dots on the rest of each by dipping the handle end of the paintbrush in white and dotting the pots surface.
Add brims by tracing a circle from black foam about ˝ inch wider all around then the pot opening using a glass lid. Cut out.

Make the buckles by measuring the width of the band, cut a rectangle from foam that measures about 1/8” deeper than the band.  Cut out a smaller rectangle from the center. Glue the buckle to band and let dry.
Lastly, personalize each pot hat with the paint pen.

 
 Craft Ideas using clay garden pots for Thanksgiving placesettings

Childs Project:

As you will see from the photos below, all you will need is paint, feathers, glue sticks, paint pens, flowerpots etc.
All the items you can pick up at your local craft store.  If they don’t have the small terracotta pots in stock you can buy them from us by clicking here.

The point is to have fun, be creative and makes this Thanksgiving holiday truly blessed.

 
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Post Last Updated: 12/15/2016 9:17:11 AM 

Grand Kids in the Garden




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Gardening with children especially grand-children can be a wonderful and rich bonding experience.  The older ones can pass along their wisdom and gardening knowledge and the younger ones can have fun playing in the dirt, learning new things and hanging out with their favorite grandparents.
 
We have all read the studies that say being outdoors for young and old can be healthy.  You get the added Vitamin D from the sun, and you can reduce stress and anxiety by just getting away from the TV and computers.

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And, don’t forget to leave the cell phone on the charger indoors.  This is not the time to be interrupted.

Plan on making this time spent with your grandchildren fun and not a chore that they won't like.  Playing in dirt with pottery & tools is suppose to be fun not laboring.
Having a child start with seeds or seedling by planting it themselves, then watching it grow into something that is beautiful they can look at, or yummy that they can eat will teach confidence and skills of accomplishments.

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The best place to start is at the beginning when deciding what to grow and plant.  If they are involved in the planning stage they will be more likely to stick with the process through harvesting.

Let them have their own plants or veggies and make them responsible for them.  A good place to go is online or to a book store.  Even Home Depot can be a learning process and a lot of fun.  Let them select small size garden pots so their hands can hold them.  Work with simple pot designs that they can paint or decorate.
 
Teach them about:

Different soil, diseases that can happen, bugs that are beneficial and get them their own kid sized garden tools, gloves, buckets, and planter pots.  Plant herbs, flowers, veggies and fruits.  There are many species that are easy for your particular area and those are best ones to start with.  Ask for advise from the local nursery if unsure.

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Now is the time to nurture them, teach them and have fun with them.  You may not get a second chance!
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/28/2016 3:35:17 PM 

Teach Children to Plant!




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A garden is a great teaching time for children.  It brings science, math, nature, and art to life and it doesn't hurt that they get to play in the dirt.  Children will learn what plants need to grow by working the soil in the planters you have or in the ground.  They can use their hands instead of tools so it's not only fun but safe and they will enjoy the reward of a job well done when they see their plants blossom & grow.

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The first step is to choose a site for the planters you will have them plant in.  Look for a area that receives full sun, is convenient so they can go out there on their own and is protected.  Don't think that you can just let them go on their own.  Provide adult supervision at all times.  Fill the bottom of the planters with soil for good drainage and then use potting soil, NOT SOIL FROM YOUR YARD.  Mix in a good fertilizer and your ready to plant.

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Next is to figure out what you want to grow.  Is is flowers, veggies, a butterfly garden or sweet smelling blossoms that they can cut and bring indoors to enjoy.  This will help you decide on what kind of pottery to use, how large it must be and how many you will need.  You don't have to use huge garden planters.  Even small terracotta pots can hold a good bunch of fresh herbs.  Let the child help in picking out the pots.  They really enjoy this step and it makes them feel important.

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Look in gardening books, check out seed packets at the local nursery and browse magazines to give them ideas.  Steer them in the direction you want them to go and they will think they thought it up all on their own.  You can always search the web for good tips.

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Have a plan before you begin, then gather all your supplies.  Let the children get involved.  DON'T do it for them.  Guide them gently and everyone will have a great time.  Use this together time to teach them something and never assume they know what your talking about.  Incorporate small toys and figurines that they love.  It gives it a final touch and the child loves seeing their toys under a blooming tomato plant. 
 
Finally use your imagination.  This is a time of learning, sharing and creating memories.


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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 9:44:48 AM 

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3/23/2012 10:15:54 AM 
shirley 3/23/2012 10:15:54 AM 
Really cute ideas that make me stop and think for a minute. The kids are grown but it's more fun with the grandkids anyway!!!




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