You for Helping Me Grow!"
Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
Submitted: May 30, 2001
Mother's Day, I have each of my students bring in an empty, washed-out
soup can. Each child then takes a sponge and lightly dips it into
some white paint. Then they cover the entire can with paint. Once
it is dried, I punch one hole on each side of the can with a hammer
and nail. (This is where your wire handle will attach to the can.)
I pre-cut hearts and flowers out of scrap material. My students
can then choose what scrap of material they want to glue onto
the front of their can. (I found that wood glue works the best.)
We then fill the cans with fresh soil and add a flower. We finish
it off by making a wire handle out of floral wire. A bow of raffia
or ribbon attached to the handle adds a nice touch. My students
then add a small note that reads, "Mom, Thank you for helping
These are also fun to make as larger pots, using 1 gallon tin
cans. I like to make them myself for parent volunteers, room moms,
and classroom aids as end-of-the-year gifts to show my appreciation.
I attach a little note that reads, "Thank you for helping
my students grow."