In "Sing to the Power," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants decorate pots, then plant herbs in them and plan to give them to someone as a gift. Potted herb plants symbolize the growth power of earth, and invite participants to connect with the earth year-round.
Show the group the seeds or plants you have brought. Explain that the herb plants will have a pleasant scent, and their leaves can be used to add fresh flavor to food. As the plants grow, they will remind participants how important the soil is to our food. Furthermore, when you pinch back an herb plant to use its leaves, the plant not only keeps growing, but gets stronger—like our human spirit, the more we use it, the healthier and stronger it becomes.
Give each participant a terra cotta pot (and saucer, if you have them) and invite them to paint it. Tell them to paint thinly, so it will dry quickly and leave them time to plant the seeds or seedlings. The top inch or two of the inside of the pot will be visible once the pot is in use, but there will be no point to painting further inside the pot. If you wish, allow participants to attach flat stones, small tiles, plastic "gems," etc. with hot glue.
When decorations are dry, fill pots with potting soil and plant herb seeds according to the directions on the packet, or gently plant the seedlings you have brought.
As participants are working, mention that the potted herbs make excellent gifts. Engage participants to discuss how they might share them as gifts.
Invite reflection with these questions:
Participants with fine motor limitations will have an easier time with larger brushes for painting.
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Last updated on Thursday, August 16, 2012.
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