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Alternate Activity 1: Watering Can

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Clean, one-gallon, plastic milk jugs, with caps-one for each participant
  • Nails
  • Markers (preferably waterproof) and stickers

Preparation for Activity

  • Collect enough plastic milk jugs for each participant plus a few extra for newcomers. Be sure jugs have been rinsed thoroughly.

Description of Activity

This activity recycles plastic milk jugs to make watering cans.

Tell the children they are going to make their own watering cans. Distribute jugs, markers, and stickers.

Invite children to decorate their watering cans. Have an adult punch holes near the top of each jug on the side opposite to the handle, and show children how to hold the can to water plants.


To use your watering can, fill the jug with water by removing the cap and pouring in water from a faucet or hose. Replace the cap, then give some flowers a nice, long drink.

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