How to Make Animal Planters: Cute Craft for Kids

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Looking for a fun and eco-friendly craft project for your kids? How about making some cute and colorful animal planters using pop bottles? In this post, we’ll show you how to turn empty pop bottles into adorable animal planters that your kids will love.

Crafting with Recycled Materials

Not only is this project a great way to encourage creativity and imagination, but it’s also an opportunity to teach your kids about recycling and repurposing. By using pop bottles that would otherwise end up in a landfill, you can teach your kids about the importance of reducing waste and taking care of our planet.

This DIY project is easy to do and requires minimal supplies. With a little bit of paint, glue, and some imagination, you can transform plain old pop bottles into fun and whimsical animal planters. Whether your kids choose to make a friendly frog planter or a cute cat planter, they’ll have a blast watching their plants grow in these unique containers. So, let’s get started on this fun and eco-friendly project!

Materials for Animal Planters

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  • Empty Plastic Bottle (any size)
  • Masking Tape
  • Dry erase markers
  • Googly Eyes
  • Recycled Buttons 
  • Craft Glue 
  • Plant and Soil
  • Aquarium Gravel to assist with drainage
  • Acrylic Paint 
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Utility Knife
  • Scissors


How to Make Animal Planters

  1. Use a piece of masking tape to determine where you are going to cut. For the cat, leave space for two ears. For the dinosaur, leave space for the neck and head. Draw the ears and neck using dry erase markers.
  2. Cut out the shape using a craft knife (adult only).
  3. Paint the cat or dinosaur using a foam brush and acrylic paint. You may need two coats.

How to Finish the Cat Planter

  1. Cut out pink inner ears and glue them to the ears of the cat.
  2. Cut out large circles from green felt and glue that to the bottle below the ears.
  3. Glue on bottons for the eyes.
  4. Draw the nose, mouth and tongue.

How to Finish the Dinosaur Planter

  1. Glue on google eyes and draw a smile.
  2. Glue on buttons around the dinosaur’s body.

Time to Plant

  1. Add some gravel at the bottom of the planter for drainage.
  2. Top with indoor plant potting soil.
  3. Add your plant and more soil, as needed.
  4. Water as needed!

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

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Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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