Planting Maters Tutorial

Planting Maters Tutorial

 

I am the kind of person who likes to come up with original ideas. It could be the competitor in me, or the artist. I am not exactly sure which side it comes from. Either way it has always been important to me, as far back as I can remember. When it came to hosting my #DisneySide party I have to admit I was a bit stumped, and Pinterest didn’t really have much to offer beyond sugary snacks. In my expierence other than cake, cookies, or cupcakes the kids don’t care what snacks are there, they will eat it or won’t. No, for kids it is all about the activities, so I needed to have some good ones.

 

After watching Cars two nights in a row the week of the party I finally had an idea. It was the line in the movie when Mater meets Lightning for the first time. Mater says his name, “Mater. Like Ta-mater, with out the “ta.” That was when I knew what I wanted to do with the kids. Plant to-maters, or tow-maters. How ever you would like to spell it. A play on words is fun, and cute, but the 3-5 age range won’t really pick up on that. To make it more Mater-like, I wanted the pots to look like Mater. Tada! Today’s craf-tiviy was born.

 

Planting “Maters”

You will need;

  • Seed starter pots
  • White paper
  • Tomato seeds
  • Glue of choice
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Dirt
  • Water
  • Children willing to help

 

You could easily use any cup you wanted for the purpose of this activity, but I chose the seed start pots because they are already brown like Mater, and they can go straight into the ground the way they are.

 

The first step is to make your pots look like mini Maters. Start by cutting your white paper to look like Mater’s windshield. After you have cut out your windshields cut small rectangles for his two front teeth.

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Then glue on googly eyes. I chose to use white glue because it is less toxic than other choices, but it will also dissolve with too much water. Just something to keep in mind, because they might fall off from too much watering. Also Mater’s eyes are actually green, so you could skip the glue and let your little crafters draw in his eyes, with crayons or markers.

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Next attach your “eyes” to the top of the pots.

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Glue on his two front “teeth.”

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Honestly everything up to this point could easily be done by even the smallest crafters. Being that I did this as an activity for a party, I chose to make them in advance. Waiting for glue to dry can be hard, so I wanted to skip that step. When we do this again in the future I will have my kids do 100% of the work. I will make a template of the windshield from cardboard for them to trace.

 

Now onto the dirty part. Dirt being the key word.

 

Fill those pots with dirt!

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Fill them all the way to the brim, because the soil will settle as you water it.

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Now it is time to add seeds! I chose to use cherry tomatoes because they can grow easily in a pot, and I wasn’t sure what all of our guests would do with them. I wanted everyone to have a chance to watch their “Maters” grow.

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Once the seeds are in place it’s time to WATER! These kids loved watering their new plants.

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Lot’s of helpers.

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Then find a sunny windowsill for Mater to sunbathe in and watch your tomatoes grow.

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It almost looks like Mater sprouted hair!

 

What is your favorite activity to do with/or have kids do, at a party? What are your children’s favorite party activities?

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8 Responses to 'Planting Maters Tutorial'

  1. LOVE Seeds of Change products – I didn’t know they made seeds 😀

  2. I love the idea and required “children willing to help” 🙂

  3. This is such an awesome and fun learning DIY project for kids! Absolutely love it! Gets the kids away from the TV or their video games and let’s them play and get their hands dirty too.

    • Gwen says:

      Thank you! We love playing in the dirt, and really enjoy sharing ways that others can get dirty with their kiddos too! Thank you for stopping by.

  4. Meghan says:

    I love this! What an adorable way to include the kids in starting seeds for the garden. Mine love playing in the dirt, and can’t necessarily be relied on to keep the dirt in the pots, but this will probably do the trick! I’ve pinned it for later, thanks!

  5. Stephanie says:

    Cute project. It would be a good one for girls since they like planting. I liked looking at all of your photos.

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