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Potted Herbs for Kids



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As we have said in past posts here at Arizona Pottery, gardening with your kids or grand kids can be a wonderful experience.  So many great things will happen.  They learn, they appreciate, they get involved.  Best of all they are away from the television.  Woo Hoo!

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One of the easiest ways is to have them plant and garden some fresh herbs.  They are easy to grow, fun to harvest, they get to eat them and you get quick results.  There are so many types of herbs that you can plant into flowerpots and have great success but we are going to pick a few that we think are age appropriate.

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Rosemary is an easy one to start with because it is used in many kinds of meals.  It is a wonderful  addition to chicken, and pork and is used a lot in grilling, salads and baked potatoes.  This flavor is mild and yet pleasant.

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Mint is an obvious choice.  It is perfect for desserts, ice tea and lemonade.  It grows fast, and taste yummy so we think most kids will love this potted herb.  

Dill is fun because of it's fine feathery fronds.  It looks fuzzy and kids will love that.  It also makes a great addition to dips for veggies which many children love.  This is a ideal herb for small kids to pot up.

Lastly we think Basil is a good herb to pot.  The flavor is very mild and the leaves a large and easy to pick.  Of course it's perfect when chopped and added to pasta or salads.  The colors are amazing and fun for the little one also.

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So take your kids to the local nursery and have them help select the herbs we mentioned above.  Haul out some clay flowerpots and potting soil and let them help you get them started.  We think you will pleasantly surprised how much children enjoy this type of DIY project.

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Post Last Updated: 8/10/2017 1:09:24 PM 

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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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.

 
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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 

Gardening & Grandkids - Nothing Better!



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Gardening with lovely pottery and wonderful children make a richly rewarding and fun experience.  The bonding between generations is so educational and loving!  The older generation can pass along all their gardening experiences and knowledge.  That bonding time is vital to a young persons growth.  All kids love to play in the dirt and with flower pots that they can fill up!

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Take them to a nursery or garden center where they can walk around and look at all the plants, containers, and accessories.  They them help to decide on what to plant and what to plant it in. It's the process that matters not the choices!

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If your Grand kids aren't use to potting up a garden, don't be surprised.  You just need to expose them to all the wonderful things that are involved in this process and they will respond.  Most kids have internet experience so get them involved in looking for planters & plants on line.  Let them pick items based on colors and have them touch the plants so they can choose based on feel.
 
For the children who don't mind bugs, be sure and talk about the bugs who are beneficial like butterflies, ladybugs, and bees.  Tell them about the ones that are harmful like aphids and worms.  Some kids like bugs but other not so much so be sensitive to their personal issues.

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If you really want to make the process extra special, spring for a small statue or gnome.  How about wind chimes and
potted garden stakes.  There are also small kids sized tools that are precious and come with a tote to haul them with.
 
Plan ahead, select some of the items mentioned above and have fun!
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/20/2016 5:29:32 PM 

Got A MInute?



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Enjoy these time-saving gardening tips from multitasking moms?

 
Can there possibly be such a thing as a mother with too much time on her hands?  We don't think so.  With work, play dates, sports practice, dance lessons, gymnastics and much more, time is more than precious.  So, how can a mother who is pulled in different directions still have time to plant a potted veggie garden and at the same time teach her children about growing their own food?  Here are a few tips that we hope will help.

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Start out by limiting the amount of vegetables that you grow.  This is not the time to rush in with a huge variety that you won't be able to care for.  It will also eliminate extra work on clean up.  Start with good size planters and only planting one variety in it.  Tomatoes are fun, easy to grow and great for the little one to eat.  Use them in salads and tomato saucers.  A little helper can pick and prepare them.  Each year introduce a new veggie.  Let them help you decide which vegetable to grow.

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Time doing things together is more precious than ever before.  Instead of you watching them in extra activities, planting a potted garden will be relaxing and something you both can enjoy while spending time together.  Gardening gets kids excited even at a young age and teaches him to be patient and gentle.  Besides what kids doesn't enjoy digging in dirt?

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Lastly, try potting up some healing aloe vera.  The next time your child gets a bee sting, a scratch or a burn, take them to the potted aloe and have them snip off a piece.  Then apply it to their scratch and watch the healing begin. They will experience instant pain relief.  Over time they will learn the value of having these types of plants around the house.  Keep the small planter next to the kitchen door or in the back yard where these types of accidents happen.
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 12:04:30 PM 

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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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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