Planting the Seeds of Change


Plant the seeds of change in your community! Students will create symbolic planting pots and complete an activity to demonstrate how their actions can benefit those less fortunate in their town.


1. Who in your community inspires you? Firemen? Teachers? Maybe your parents or someone you know volunteers at a soup kitchen or a nursing home. How do the acts of these individuals benefit your community and the people that live there?

2. Think about your role in your community. What can you do to help out those in need or make your community a better place? Commit to making a positive change in your community. Write down your commitment on a piece of paper, and describe how it will benefit the people in your community. The most important part of making a commitment is following through on your promise. The following activity will illustrate the positive impact your actions can have!

3. Using Crayola Air-Dry Clay make a small flowerpot. Lay down newspaper or waxed paper over your work area for easy clean-up later. Start by gently kneading the clay to make it soft and pliable. Cover the outside of a small plastic cup with the clay by molding smoothing it with your fingers. Do not add clay to the inside of the cup as moisture will soften Air-Dry Clay. Let dry for at least 3-days. Firing or baking in a kiln is not necessary.

4. When dry, draw your promise to the community on the flowerpot using Crayola Slick Stix™. Stain Advisement: Slick Stix contain pigments that may stain clothing, fabrics and other household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover your work surface with newspaper. You can create symbols to represent your commitment or draw an entire scene around your pot. Look at artwork by Romare Bearden for inspiration! He used collage art to depict colorful scenes of his community. Try techniques like rubbing or smearing the Slick Stix with your fingers for interesting effects!

5. Add potting soil and seeds to your pot. Follow the directions on the seed package to care for your plant, and watch as your seed grows into a strong, beautiful plant. Think about how following through on your commitment to your community will help it grow stronger as well!

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Adult Assistance is required for this arts & crafts project.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Mirrors, Picture Frames, and Plant Pots—Close adult supervision is required when children use craft materials that could shatter or break. Handheld mirrors, picture frames with glass, ceramic pots, and similar breakable items may be used only by children 8 years and older. For children 7 years and younger, use unbreakable materials such as wood or sturdy plastic picture frames, unbreakable mirrors, and plant pots that will not shatter into sharp edges.


  • For a public display, the class can plant a garden on school grounds! Have students make a label for their plants that symbolizes their commitment to the community. Place labels in the soil near each student’s seed.
  • Invite a guest from a local food bank, homeless shelter or nursing home to speak to the class. Students can ask questions and hear stories to help them recognize some community issues and find out how they can help.
  • Monitor students’ success by watching the growth of the plants. Which plants flourished the most? What caused these plants to grow healthy and strong? Did any plants wilt? What could have been done to improve the plant’s growth?

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crayola supplies
  • Art Smock
  • Twistables® Slick Stix™ Crayons
  • Air-Dry Clay
household supplies
  • potting soil
  • seeds
  • plastic cup



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students will connect with their community and recognize groups within the community that can benefit from the students’ actions.

  • Students will apply problem-solving skills to determine how they can better their community by analyzing where change is needed.

  • Students will demonstrate their ability to set and manage goals.

  • Students will make visual connections to their goals through the use of symbolic drawings.


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