4th May 2022 All Posts Sustainability in the Early Years

Sustainability Activity of the Week: Painting Plant Pots

We think it’s important to provide useful resources for early years practitioners, childminders, and parents in terms of sustainability – and this series aims to bring you easy crafts and activities that will teach children about sustainable living. 

May is finally here and that means summer has officially arrived. Most of us enjoyed a hot and sunny bank holiday, and although it has cooled down this week, it won’t be long before we have a heatwave in the UK to enjoy! 

One great sustainable activity idea to try with children this summer is painting miniature plant pots. This activity combines motor skills, creativity, and understanding of the world and how plants grow.

Safety First!

Make sure children don’t put paint in their mouths.

Painting Plant Pots

What you’ll need:

  • Child safe paint 
  • Paint brushes 
  • Miniature plant pots 
  • Soil 
  • Seeds 


  1. Set out your paints and paintbrushes on a working surface.
  2. Allow children to paint their plant pots with patterns and colours. Leave to dry completely. 
  3. Allow children to spoon some soil into their plant pot, and then sprinkle a few seeds on top. 
  4. Leave in a sunny spot and keep moist for 7-14 days until shoots start to grow!

Join us next week for another sustainable early years activity, and if you try this out, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @ConnectChildcare. Have you seen our other sensory activities? We have a FREE Spring Activity Guide ideal for spring weather and sensory development. 

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