Arts & Crafts

Paper Vegetable Garden

Paper Vegetable Garden
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Develop fine motor skills by creating paper vegetables for an egg carton garden.

20 minutes
18 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 8 tots


  • Empty paper egg cartons (1 carton for a dozen eggs will make two gardens)
  • Construction paper (green, red, orange, yellow)
  • 3-6 Popsicle sticks (per child)
  • Craft paint (brown)
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue
  • Scissors


  1. Prepare the craft by dividing the egg cartons into two 6-egg segments and cut a small slit in the bottom of each egg cradle.
  2. Cover surfaces, prior to painting egg cartons.
  3. With bottoms up, have child paint egg carton with brown craft paint. Set aside to dry.
  4. Cut tomato, radish or beet shape from red construction paper.
  5. Cut corn cob or crookneck squash shape from yellow construction paper.
  6. Cut carrot shape from orange construction paper.
  7. Cut leaves for tomato, radish, beets and carrot top from green construction paper.
  8. Cut corn husks from green construction paper.
  9. Embellish leaves and vegetables with colored pencils.
  10. Glue vegetable shapes to craft sticks.
  11. Glue appropriate greenery to each vegetable.
  12. Insert completed vegetable into hole cut into egg cartons.
  13. Discuss how vegetables grow and where food comes from.
Pre-draw or pre-cut vegetable shapes for younger children.
Older children may choose their own vegetables to make. Discussions can include how farmland and clean water are necessary for growing vegetables and fruits.
Associated Activity
Read "Growing Vegetable Soup" by Lois Ehlert

Developmental skills