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Upcycled Rain Boot Planters

Children's Museum of Arts (CMA) in NYC is celebrating its 30th anniversary by hosting a year long event called CIVICKIDS. CMA has put out the call to children of the world to participate in monthly challenges "rooted in the belief that art builds empathy, understanding, and respect for others...". Children are encouraged to upload their pieces through social media. The pieces, when tagged with #CMACIVICKIDS, will be available for worldwide viewing!

We were contacted by CMA to be a partner in the CIVICKIDS event and could not be more thrilled about it! Here at Brainy Beginnings Network, we champion the principle themes of civic engagement as defined by CMA, "including leadership, sustainability, kindness, and freedom".

October's theme is environmentalism with the challenge being 'Unusual Upcycled Planters'.

The kids and I set out to consider what we could use to create our planters that would have a positive effect on the environment, be functional and well, let's face it, be cute. We like cute, what can we say? Once we found these old pair of rain boots, we knew, it had to be these!

Now, typically we would gift a pair of now-too-small shoes to our friends with smaller feet. In this case however, we let function, sentimental feelings, and our desire to be involved in the CMACIVICKIDS challenge override our decision. Also, cute. Did I mention cute? I'm pretty excited to put these planters in my kiddos' room. It will not only clean the air, but provide a level of responsibility that is necessary for young children to develop discipline.

You can easily be apart of the CIVICKIDS monthly challenges and themes too! Just check out the website for more info! Read on for details on how to make your own Upcycled Rain Boot Planters!


*Old rain boots

*Planting Soil




1.Wash and clean your old rain boots thoroughly.

2. Fill with potting soil. Leave room for plants.

3. Add plants and top with more soil.

4. Water your new plants! Place in a location that allows for some some sunlight and of course, daily viewing.

Please be sure to follow along with the Children's Museum of Arts' 30th anniversary year long celebration for more fun and creative ways to get kids engaged!

Have a great day good people of the world.

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