Sunday, May 9, 2010

Teacher's pet

Ok, so I really debated over not posting this, but then I had to remind myself that kids art isn't meant to be perfect. That's what makes kids, kids. Right?

While I worked at a mother's day out program we made these cute pots with the kids finger prints on it to give to the mom's for mother's day. They always turned out so cute, but they were two year olds so essentially we were really doing the project for them, by dipping their hands in the paint and then pressing their finger on the pot.

Unfortunately Wild Man is four going on teenage rebellion years, not a two year old.

I should have remembered that when I started this.


Here is what we started with.



Wild Man was so excited to make this for his teacher.

So really I just got a clay pot and paint that I had on hand.

I did the next part after I put Wild Man to sleep.


I made the grass with the slick paint. It makes the paint stick out a little bit like blades of grass.

The next morning while we were still in our pjs I tried to make my own colors with the paint I had on hand. So I started mixing colors.

Wild Man thought that was the best thing since squirt cheese and crackers, he declared himself the offical paint mixer.


He was oh so kind to laugh at my jokes with a nice fake laugh.


Then came the part when I realized I may have gone a little over my head.

Wild Man wanted to put his finger prints where he wanted to put his finger prints. There was little to no discussion to change his mind. Oh I am so not looking forward to when he is 15.

When his fingers were full of paint I began to have visions of Wild man...well running wild around the house with paint all over his hands so I therefore did not get any pictures of this process.

Please forgive me.

But I did get the finished product.


I went over the finger prints with a sharpie to make the spider, bee, and butterfly. Wild Man put little finger prints on the cup thingy that the pot sits in (can you tell that my thumb is brown) to make ants crawling on the bottom. They look more like a smudge then an ant. But it was a cute idea.


I plan on putting some flowers in the pot when we give it to the teacher. But since I can't keep anything alive that grows out of the ground, I will do that the day I give her the gift. Maybe then it may have a chance to stay alive.

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43 comments:

paige said...

This is so cute! I love it.

Kristi said...

It is hard to remember that what kids create isn't supposed to be perfect. I have to remind myself of that all the time. This really is a great idea and would be a great Mother's Day gift.

Kristin said...

Cute idea, I'm sure the teacher will love it!

Kaysi said...

That is super cute!! I love how it turned out and I'm sure that the teacher will love it!

Tanya said...

Looks fine to me!

AlMcLeary said...

ahh wild man - artist in training. Thank you for making me simile.
Check out my flower pot project here http://almcleary.com/blog/?p=203

Mom2three said...

What a fantastic idea! Looks like Wild Man had a fantastically fun time and I'm sure his teacher will LOVE it! Great idea!

liz said...

That's really cute and a fun idea. Kate would LOVE it!

21st Century Housewife© said...

That is so cute - what a great idea. I like the name of your blog as well!!

Laura Will said...

Okay, not only is the project cute, but your boys...ummm, they are so cute my head is going to EXPLODE! Seriously. I love your blog and I love the title of it even more. I am now a I.P.F.P follower, lady : ) Blessing to you!

Lots of love,
Laura
http://justforlove.blogspot.com

Lorie said...

That is so cute! How fun would those be outside in the garden!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I love the 3-D grass!

Anita said...

Oh how cute! I miss doing craft with my kids. Enjoy it while they're young!

Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds said...

So cute! Your little wild man did a great job! I think the imperfections make it even more special and beautiful! The slick paint was a great touch.

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

Adorable. I'm not sure which is cuter, the pot or your boy!! They are both just adorable. Great work!

I'd love for you to share this at my party this Thursday!

www.houseofhepworths.com

xoxo

Rebecca said...

I figured I'd stop by since we seem to be following each other around the Link Parties (Mine is the Super Easy Child's Apron in Lightning McQueen fabric). Anyway, LOVE the pot! It came out so cute and I'm sure Wild Man's teacher will love it! This would be a great gift for grandparents, too! See you at the parties :)

http://happybabydesigns.blogspot.com

Leah said...

Love the pot! I too work in a Mother's Day Out. I'll be sure to remember this craft and pray that the paint stays where it's suppose to stay! Thanks for "Tooting Your Horn!"

Jen Sue Wild said...

Verry cute and easy! My kids would love it if I made these with them..

Creations By Cindy said...

How sweet. Be blessed. Cindy

Becca's Dirt said...

Great job. I love it.

mamaTAVE said...

As a teacher and gardener, I would love receiving this gift! I am sure his teacher will, too. It is always nice to receive something like this that will remind you of a student long after they have left your classroom. Nice idea.

Mandy said...

thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday! Mandy, www.craftedition.blogspot.com

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Very cute, any teacher would love this! Tweeted a link via my other blog identity @ABC123learning

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Very precious! I'm sure any teacher would love that.

KMfamily ;-) said...

Oh my goodness!! What an awesome teacher gift!!! I love it!!!

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Ann Sheafer said...

This is the cutest pot I have ever seen. Great job and thanks for the idea. I think my daughter and I will make one for her teacher (and me one too). Thanks again!!!!

Jamie said...

Aww! I love it!

Lisa said...

That turned out great!

Shelby said...

very cute! new follower, came from ramblings blog link.

Mama to 3 Blessings said...

Very cute!

Hootin' Anni said...

Outstanding work! But I must admit I enjoyed your boy's smiles more!!!!

My Show n Tell is my finished, newest, watercolor painting...I do hope you can stop by to view it and give me some critique!! Click HERE

Have a great Friday.

TidyMom said...

awwwe this is such a CUTE idea!!
Thanks for sharing and linking up to I'm Lovin' It! Have a GREAT weekend!

Helen said...

What a great idea for a gift and so creative... my two older children would love to make this. Thanks for sharing.

KJ said...

OOH, how cute! This is my first time at your blog, I came from Ramblings of a crazy woman link up.

Kate said...

How cute! I'm stopping by from Crafty Saturday at Along for the Ride!

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Jessica Hills said...

That is cute! I have enjoyed seeing everyone's crafts for teacher's gifts...it gives me some ideas for the coming years. thanks for joining Favorite Things Friday this week!

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...

Cute cute cute!! Great idea! :)

Thanks for linking my Flaunt it Friday party! Please come back next week.:)

SomerJane at Daisys and Diggers Blog said...

Super cute finished product! I will have to remember this for a gift for grandmothers!!!
Thanks for sharing~ ;-)

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

That is stinking cute!! Love, Love, Love it!! Thanks for linking up!

Room to Inspire said...

This is very sweet and such an awesome gift! Love it. Thanks for linking up last week to Be Inspired.

Chelsea

mle said...

Your little guy looked like he had SUCH FUN with this project - he's just oozing excitement!! LOVE it!!