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Witches' Pots
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2
By: Val Drane, 2nd grade

This is a fun activity for early in the year; ties into Halloween-themed projects.

Materials:

  • Green paint (I used Americana, avacado green to resemble a witch's skin color)
  • Terra Cotta Pots (I bought them at Michael's on sale 5 for a $1.00)
  • Black Felt (I bought a huge bulk piece)
  • Potting Soil
  • Paintbrushes
  • Grass seed (fast growing works best, very cheap)
  • Permanent Black Marker (Sharpie)
  • Wiggly Eyes

Plan:

  1. Paint terra cotta pots using green paint allow to dry at least overnight.
  2. Put soil in pots, plant grass seed, water pots.
  3. Put pots in an easy to see place, this way the students can see the grass grow.
  4. Cut out witches hats using the black felt, you might want to do this yourself, the students scissors did not work well.
  5. Glue hats onto pots. The grass is the witch's hair.
  6. Draw on the witch's face.

Comments:

My class did this last year as a first project of the year. We took our time doing it and used it as a learning experience. We wrote a procedural writing at the end including instructions on how to make it. We had them on display during open house, the students took them home that night. The students enjoy the hands on planting and enjoyed watching it grow. The grass grows in less than a week and just gets taller and taller.

 


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