These Pooh-inspired honey pots are perfect for keeping craft supplies close at hand. Let preschoolers personalize theirs to make these bee-utiful keepsakes.
What You’ll Need
- Terra cotta or rose pots
- Acrylic paints in white, yellow and assorted colors
- Plastic seal and lock bags, for mixing paints
- Paintbrushes or sponge brushes
- Masking tape
- Acrylic sealer
- Cotton tipped swabs, for painting
- Yellow stamp pad
- Black marker
- Googly eyes
- 1 1/2″ wooden circles and hearts
How To Play
- To start, paint the pot inside and outside with a base coat of white acrylic paint. Let dry.
- Pull off a length of masking tape long enough to fit around the rim of the pot.
- Cut a wavy line down the center of the tape and secure the tape around the outside rim of the pot. This will be a stencil for the dripping honey.
- Now paint the inside of the pot yellow, and the outside of the pot in your child’s favorite color. Terra cotta is porous, so you might need to apply a few coats to fully cover the pot. Let paint dry between coats. Let kids mix their colors in seal and lock bags. Squirt a few primary colors into a bag, seal it, and let kids squish the bag to blend. This is a great way to teach about primary colors, and color mixing.
- Once the paint on the outside of the pot is dry, remove the masking tape and paint the remaining white area yellow, like honey.
- To decorate your pots with thumbprint bees, help kids to press their thumbs into a yellow stamp pad. Dot the thumbprint “bees” onto the pots. Let the ink dry. Embellish the bees with black marker and Googly eyes.
- To decorate your pots with flowers and butterflies, use cotton tipped swabs to dot on flowers. Butterflies are sideways hearts.
- Use a black marker to write a message on your pot.
- Use red tape to seal the edges of the carton and cover imperfections. Use red tape to cover the unsharpened pencil — this will be the handle of the toolbox.
- After decorating, seal pots with acrylic sealer. This will keep paint from peeling and will give pots a finished gloss.
- For a fun twist, turn your pots into a color matching game! At the same time that you paint your pots, paint the wooden hearts and circle game chips to match. Let kids embellish the chips with thumbprint bees. Put your bees into a bag and let kids pull them out and sort them into their corresponding honey pots. Younger kids will love sorting and matching their colors. Challenge older kids to a speed round — use a timer to see how quickly they can get all of their bees into their matching pots!
Cutting should be done by an adult. Painted pots are no longer suitable for plants or outdoor use.