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Mother’s Day is an easy holiday to find gifts since moms love all things handmade! In the past I was the one working up a handmade creation for my mommy but since becoming a mother myself, my girls now do the crafting for their grandma. This year the girls and my nephews painted a cute Mother’s Day kids craft for the garden in the form of these cute faux rock pets.
With a daughter who went school for art and one who has worked for several arts and crafts companies, I’m pretty sure my mom expects something handmade for this holiday. As the kids get older I suspect our gifts will get more involved but for now, painting seems to be something they can all handle.
Last year we were able to get the kids together to paint terracota posts with paper pinwheels to give my mom as their Mother’s Day kids craft. This year we used the Easter holiday as activity time and broke out into another painting session.
I purchased rock pets in frog designs for the boys and owls for the girls to paint for my parents’ large vegetable garden. (PS they also have rock pets in a turtle design and and a fox!) Each kit came with a set of paints and a paintbrush so they were all set with no fighting over paint.
The kids had a blast. No one was really painting to create distinct animal designs but they didn’t care. They just wanted to paint beautiful colors and that they did! Don’t forget, they’re all under the age of 6!
Blake, my oldest nephew, who’s almost 6, boasted how he got no paint on his hands or clothes, but the other kids, not so much. Don’t you just love a concentration tongue?!
We happily donned the others in their painting aprons and smocks and they got to work decorating their creations.
Even Hailey got into, mixing colors to her heart’s content.
Little Jared was napping during this time but worked on his rock pet later.
While the box does state that the paint is good for outdoor use, I still had some extra polyacrylic laying around from the last several projects we’ve done in the house and went ahead to add a clear coat on their projects for extra protection.
I suspect if we tried a garden craft again when they’re older these designs would look a lot different.
For now, my mom will remember that her grandkids helped to decorate her garden with their handmade creations with this Mother’s Day kids craft and that’s all that matters, right?