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I was nervous about our son’s first year of school. Would he make friends? Would he participate in the classroom activities? He exceeded all of our expectations this year and I couldn’t be more thankful for his team of educators and therapists that helped make it all possible. In addition to preschool, our son and his younger sister also attend center-based autism therapy. Our kids work hard with many wonderful professionals each day. They spend much of their week away from us, but I know that it is helping them learn new skills, push their boundaries, and grow into awesome little kids. The end of the school year is the perfect time to give gifts to these important people in our children’s lives. We created this fingerprint flower pot for our teacher appreciation gifts and therapist appreciation gifts.
I purchased 4″ terra cotta pots and saucers and Rustoleum spray paint in Seaside. I laid all of them out on a piece of cardboard and spray painted away. You might want to pay attention to the wind – I ended up with some Seaside-colored grass for a couple of weeks! The paint dries quickly, so if you need to touch up you can do so within 10 minutes. After these dried completely (a few hours) I turned them over to paint the other side.
I let the pots dry overnight in my garage. Use Sharpies to write this quote on the pot: “Thank you for helping me grow!” You may write your child’s name and year underneath or on the back of the flower pot.
Now it’s time to recruit your kids! I’d recommend doing this step outdoors, too. It was raining, so we laid out cardboard on our tile floor and went to work. Create the center of the flower with a paint brush, then dip your child’s finger in your paint color of choice and push their finger onto the pot in the shape of flower petals. We had to reapply paint halfway through each flower. After the kids were done adding their fingerprint petals to the flowers, I used a paintbrush to add the stems. Once the paint was dry, we planted begonias in our pots and they were ready for gifting! Transport these gifts in cardboard boxes to keep your car from getting dirty.
What color will you use to paint your flower pot gifts?