Peas in a pod your preschooler can make

Living in farm country, we learn lots about vegetables that grow in the garden. Where possible, I try to bring in vegetables from the garden like snap peas so the children can explore and snap away.

At school, I came across this entry for our State Fair Vegetable Craft contest….

To make a pea pod with your preschooler start by painting the back of a paper plate the color green (or both sides might be better)…

After the paint dries, fold the painted paper plate in half…

Staple the corner folded edge of each side of the paper plate so it will remain folded but leave an opening for the peas on top.

Now that you have the pod, it is time to make the peas! There are many ways to add peas so I will show you three ideas…

Roll up some play dough balls to make your peas and add inside the pod…

Blow up little green balloons to use for peas in the pod…

Scrunch up green construction paper to add for peas in the pod…

The fun part about creating is that you can use what you have available and make the art experience work for the needs and development of your students.

What I like:

I like the idea of tearing paper and scrunching it up to add a little more opportunity to work on fine motor strength and development.  I can also see using the scrunched up paper games as well.

I like the idea of letting the children make peas with play dough  as another activity for the children to do.

Check out these farm theme activities from No Time for Flashcards!

View this little peapod song I wrote…

By |2010-08-13T06:00:11+00:00August 13th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Tanya @ Life in 3D August 13, 2010 at 11:45 am - Reply

    This is absolutely great. I love it! AND I’m taking your button for my blog 🙂 Thanks for stopping by :o)

  2. Teacher Tom August 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    You know Deborah, I almost didn’t click over because the photo on FB made it look like this couldn’t possibly be something kids could do on their own, but as usual, I stand humbled. Not only can a preschooler manage this, but you’ve given 3 different ways they could do it. I’m a little irritated that we’ve already eaten all the peas we had growing in our garden, but that doesn’t mean we won’t give this a go next week. Fun! =)

    • Deborah J. Stewart August 13, 2010 at 11:36 pm - Reply

      LOL! I probably should have chosen a different photo – good point there! When I saw this at the school, I decided to change it up a bit for that reason!

  3. Polwig August 13, 2010 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    That is such a great idea. Little kids can participate by painting and bigger kids by putting together.

  4. meghan August 13, 2010 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    What an awesome craft!
    I will have to give this a try with my lil man.

  5. Leslie Denning August 13, 2010 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    This is such a cute and easy craft. I just need a song about peas!


  6. April August 14, 2010 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    That is such a cute craft! I giggled a little when I saw the faces.

  7. Cindy deRosier June 18, 2017 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    I’m the Editor of Fun Family Crafts and wanted to let you know that we have featured your adorable pea pod project! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid-friendly craft tutorials, we’d love for you to submit them. Thanks for a fabulous project idea!

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