Think Spring!

Here comes Spring!!  It might still look a little gray outside but here are a few ways to get a jump on Spring and add some color to your home or classroom!

 

DIY Bunny Paper Plate Purse from Mer Mag

Envelope Bunnies from Martha Stewart

Bunny Jars from Torie Jayne

Printable Bunny Rosettes from Oh Happy Day

Knitted Rabbits with Mollie Makes

 

Printable Iron-on Bunny Bags from Oh Happy Day

Bunny Ears Twist Tie from House that Lars Built

Brown Sack Easter Masks from Oh Happy Day

DIY Bead Bunny Bookmark from Small for Big

Bunny Finger Puppets from Purl Bee

 

Easter Hunt Bags from Purl Bee

Chick Bean Bags from Martha Stewart

Easter Egg Carton Chicks from One Little Project

Easter Thumbprints from Chickabug

Peep Houses from Yesterfood

 

Easter Bunny Jars from Make Life Lovely

Origami Easter Bunny from Oh So Very Pretty

Bunny Hand Puppets from Purl Bee

Sock Bunny from A Pumpkin and a Princess

Vintage Fabric Covered Bunny Ears from The Merry Thought

 

 

Plastic Egg Tea Cups from Creativity in Progress

Easter Peep-Za Recipe from the Cooking Channel

Jelly Bean Bracelets from Artzy Creations

Easter Bunny Favors from Oh Happy Day

Bunny pretzels with Candi Quick

 

Layered Peeps from Yellow Bliss Road

Crispy Rice Easter Egg Treats from Kids Activities Blog

Healthy Easter Treat form We Made That

Easter Chick Oreo Pops from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

Bird’s Nest from The Curvy Carrot

 

Easter Egg Pinatas from Oh Happy Day

Easter Egg Terrariums from the House that Lars Built

Succulent Egg Planters from Le Robins Nest

Hanging Easter Posies from Gardenista

 

Eggshell Candles from A Pumpkin and a Princess

 

Easter Egg Maracas from Made

Bird Nest from Art Bar Blog

Bird Seed Eggs from Style Me Pretty

Fingerprint Carrot and Bunny Print from Crafty Morning

Felt Carrot Garland from Positively Splendid


We are just getting started.  Check out the great activities below:

Blowing In The Wind
When the dandilions are at their fuzzy stage we read the book by Eric Carl, The Tiny Seed. Then we blew the dandilions and watched them fly; also used bubble to represent seeds too. This is more fun on a windy day.

Rainbows
red circle 9 ”
orange circle 8″
yellow circle 7″
green circle 6″
blue circle 5″
purple circle 4″

Glue the orange onto the red. The yellow onto the orange. the green onto yellow, etc. Let dry, cut in half, glue back to back and hang. It is great because the children do not glue them directly in the center, so every rainbow has it’s own personality.

Clouds
Cut two cloud shapes out of white fingerpaint paper. Glue around edges except for a small opening. Children stuff with toilet paper. Dry and hang. Puffy white clouds.

A Branch of Spring
The first spring-like day, collect broken branches with buds on them and put them in a vase of water. What better way to bring a little springtime into your house (and maybe trigger a spring cleaning)?

Hand Flowers
Trace outlines of the child’s hand on paper. Cut out hand shapes. Using a pencil roll the fingers up so that they curl up. Curl the hand shape vertically into a sort of trumpet/lily shaped cylinder with the finger curls curling outwards. Staple the flower onto a drinking straw, along with cutout leaves. Four or five of these make a nice bouquet.

Spring Inside Planting
Cut off some carrot tops and put each one in a dish with some pebbles. Add just enough water to cover the bottom of the carrot. Hide the dishes in a place where there is not too much sun. In just a few days, the carrot tops will begin sprouting and turn into plants.

Puzzle Trees
Found a great easy activity for spring, you know those puzzles that seem to always have missing pieces (like the 63 piece one that only has 40 pieces left LOL) Cut out the trunk of a tree with limbs glue this or even staple it to another peice of paper (yellow makes a great back ground color) and glue the puzzle pieces to the branches of the tree. This could also be used during the fall.

Tulip Cups
Have child make a tulip or make for them (from construction paper). Glue the cut-out of tulip on the top of a tongue depressor. Cut a lit in the bottom of a Styrofoam cup. Slit should be large enough for the tongue depressor to slide through. Pull the tongue depressor down far enough so you cannot see the flower in the “pot”. Talk about how the flowers need sun and water to grow. As you talk about things that plants need, slowly push the tongue depressor up and the tulip will be “growing”.

Flowers
Materials:
Crepe paper in many colors
Green and brown construction paper
Florist’s wire
Paper towels
Scissors, tape, non-toxic glue

Directions:
Twist the paper towel into a ball. Tape this to one end of a strip of wire. Cut out 2 1/2″ petals from crepe paper. Stick a small piece of tape near the bottom of the petal. Tape the petal on the wire, below the ball of paper towel. Place several petals on the wire until the flower is a big as you want it. Cut a long strip of green crepe paper. Wrap this strip around the wire from top to bottom. Cover the wire with the paper. Tape it so it cannot unravel. Cut leaves from the construction paper. Dab glue on leaves. Attach to the stem of the flower. Make sever different flowers. Use many colors. Make a bouquet. Place flowers in a vase.

Umbrella
You will need:
1 piece of const. paper for each child in the class
Glue or glue sticks
Assorted colors of tissue paper
Tape

Directions:
Make an umbrella handle and put it on the bulletin board. Put enough pieces of paper so that each child has one on the floor. The pieces should all go together to make the umbrella. Some pieces of construction paper had rounded edges, while the other sheets were still the full 9 x 12 shape. Give each child a piece of const. paper and a glue stick. Children should be instructed to tear the tissue paper into small pieces and glue onto the construction paper. When they were done, let them dry. Once dry, call the children to the bulletin board and have them tape their piece of the umbrella on.

Daffodils
Supplies:
Yellow Crepe Paper
Yellow Cupcake Papers
Green Pipe Cleaners

Roll up a little ball on one end of the pipe cleaner so that when you stick it through the flower it won’t just fall out. First cut the shape of the “back” of the daffodil…or approximately anyway. Put a small hole in the center for the pipe cleaner. Cut the cupcake paper in half. Roll it till you can glue the pleated edges together, making the part of the flower that sticks out in front (we called it the “trumpet”). Make a hole (or sort of open the one that’s there) and put the pipe cleaner through both parts of the flower; glue the “trumpet” onto the back of the flower. We also added a little edge of orange with markers to make them look like the variations of daffodils.

Bird’s Nest
Supplies:
Construction Paper
Glue
Cardboard
Yarn
Markers
Use scissors to cut the shapes of birds eggs from construction paper. Glue the eggs onto cardboard. Glue short strands of yarn under the eggs for a nest allow them to dry completely. Use markers to draw tree branches around the nest and speckles on the eggs. Draw leaves or use real ones, or felt (whatever) to make leaves on the branches. Variations: Wash and dry pieces or real eggshells. Glue them on top of the yard nests. Talk about the kinds of birds that live in your area. Compare their sizes, shapes, and colors. Take a walk and look for nests in trees. Talk about the materials that birds use to build nests and how high or low the nests are in the trees.

Popcorn Flowers
Supplies:
Popped Popcorn
Powder Tempera Paint
Green Construction Paper
Glue
Tag board or Cardboard
Pop popcorn. Put handfuls of popcorn in plastic baggies and add powdered tempura paint to each one. Shake well to distribute paint all over the popcorn Cut stems and leaves out of green construction paper and glue them to tag board. Glue on the colored popcorn to make spring flowers.

Spring Butterflies
Supplies:
Food Coloring
Coffee Filters
Eye Dropper or Straws
Wooden Clothes Pin
Pipe Cleaner
Color small bowls of water with food coloring Using an eye dropper or a straw, scatter drops of colored water onto round coffee filters and watch the colors bleed and blend. While the filters dry draw eyes and body details on wooden clothespins. Gather each coffee filter up in the center and clip with the clothespin. Make antenna for each butterfly by inserting a pipe cleaner into the end of the clothespin and twisting it secure. Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner to make it look realistic. You can use tissue paper instead of coffee filters for a multi-layered effect. Decorate with sequins and buttons.

Caterpillars
Glue green pom-poms to a large paper leaf (with a bite taken out of it) for a before and after exhibit.

Spring Flowers
Supplies:
Construction Paper
Scissors
Glue
Trace around 1 hand on yellow paper, and trace around 1 hand on red paper. Cut them out; these will be the flowers. Cut out a long & short stem out of green paper. Cut out four leaves out of green paper. Glue the cut out hands on the stems on brown paper, add leaves.

Wind Socks
Supplies:
Paper Lunch Bag
Construction Paper
Crepe Paper
Scissors
Glue
Misc. Craft Supplies

To make a windsock, cut off the bottom of a paper lunch bag. Decorate the bag with glitter paint, neon construction paper, stickers, etc. Then attach crepe paper streamers to one end of the bag. Attach a construction paper handle to the opposite end of the bag.

Rain Sticks
Supplies:
Cardboard Rolls – Wrapping Paper Rolls work best
1 1/2 inch nails
Dried Peas
Masking Tape
Stuff for Decorating

Cover the end of the cardboard roll with masking tape and then poke in one and half inch nails randomly all over the tube so that they go all the way into the tube but not out the other side. You’ll need to use quite a few to get a good sound effect. Then you put about a half a cup of dried peas in the tube (you really need to experiment with the number of nail and amount of peas to see what produces a good sound) and tape up the other end. Then you let the children decorate the outside of the tube however they like. You can use paper, fabric, leaves, acorns, bark, etc. Some children like to use Indian designs, but others just do their own thing.

Bug Fingers
Supplies:
Old Gloves
Pipe Cleaners
Scissors
Hot Glue or Tacky Glue
Misc. Craft Supplies
Cut the fingers off the gloves, they will be the bugs’ body. Glue on pipe cleaners for legs, wiggly eyes, pompoms for noses, and feathers on back.(Or decorate as desired). Makes cute finger puppets.

Seed Squiggles
Gather several types of seeds, wax paper, spring, and glue in squeezable bottles. have the children squeeze glue onto the wax paper to make a design approximately 4″ to 5″ long. Have them sprinkle the seeds onto the glue. Let them dry, shake off any extra seeds into a bowl. Have the children gently peel their seed picture from the wax paper. Tie a string to each and hand from the ceiling.

Clouds with Raindrops
Children glue an umbrella cutout onto a large sheet of paper. Next, let them glue raindrops onto the paper underneath the umbrella. The kids can then paint the raindrops with glue using a paintbrush. Sprinkle with glitter so it looks like the raindrops are shiny.

Paint with Clouds
Give each child a large piece of blue paper. Set out some white paint. Give each child a cotton ball. Let them dip it into the white paint, then press onto the blue paper. The will be painting with clouds!

Baby Chicks
Materials: 1 section of an egg carton
Easter grass or raffia
1 3/4 inch pom pom
1 1/2 inch pom pom
Glue
Small wiggly eyes
Something to make the beak
How to: Give each child 1 section of egg carton. Have them glue the Easter grass or raffia in the bottom. Then place the larger pom pom in the carton and glue the smaller pom pom on top. Add small wiggly eyes and a nose made out of paper foam, or pipe cleaner

Spring Flowers
Materials: cupcake paper wrapper
Craft sticks
Styrofoam
Glue
Plastic planting containers
How to: have the children glue the wrappers onto 1 end of the sticks place pieces of Styrofoam in the bottom of the containers have the children stick the flowers in the container.

Ants Go Marching Book
To go along with the ‘Ants Go Marching’ Song have your children make a book each verse has its own page. You can use fingerprints, colored rice, etc to make ants.

Mobiles
Since spring is typically a wet season have the kids make an umbrella mobile and hang blue raindrops from the umbrella or maybe a collage with a rainbow, raindrops, umbrella, ducks all those spring things. OH and don’t forget spring flowers.

Make Flowers with tissue paper and chenille stems. Either hang up on wall or put in a vase for all kids to see.

Make Umbrellas with construction paper, make cut out and have kids trace and add their own creativity to it with glitter, markers etc. Then cut out the bottom part of the umbrella out of sturdier paper and glue.

BUTTERFLY PRINTS
Have the children remove their shoes and socks. Allow one child at a time to dip a foot into paint (Any color) and step down into the middle of a large piece of paper. Have the child step into a tub of water to rinse his foot.Then have the child paint their hand by brush ,using maybe one color for two fingers, one color for the palm etc. just to receive colorful wings. Have the child make a set of handprints on each side of the footprint. Have the child then wash and dry hands. When the paint is dry cut around the prints by an inch or two in the outline of a butterfly. For finishing touches add wiggly eyes and pipe cleaners for antennae.

Spring Basket
Weave curling ribbon through a recycled plastic strawberry basket. Use another length of ribbon for a handle. Fill with “Easter Grass” and place goodies or silk flowers on top.

Cupcake Liner Flowers
Nest 2 or three cupcake liners together. Children can cut slits in the edges or an adult can scallop the edges. Poke a pipe cleaner up through the center and back down again. Twist the pipe cleaner ends. Glue a pom pom in the center. Make several for a bouquet of flowers. A decorated toilet paper roll can be used as a vase. (I normally use a separate piece of paper for the children to decorate and then glue it on to the roll.) If using the toilet paper roll, be sure to use only half of the pipe cleaner to make each flower. You can also tie a ribbon around a group of flowers.

Grass Heads
Place potting soil in the half of a cleaned out egg shell. Sprinkle grass seed on top. Water and place in sun (in the egg carton) to grow grass. Then use markers to decorate the eggshells with faces. Use scissors to trim the grass “hair.”

Daffodil Craft
Supplies: Sheet of white card / Polystyrene cup / green garden cane / green garden tie something sharp / glue / cut up yellow crepe paper.
Draw round the base of the cup in the middle of the card. The cup is going to be the flowers trumpet. Next draw flower petals in the correct scale from the circle and cut out. Cover the petals with glue and cover with crepe/tissue (cut up) Put 2 hole in the base of the cup and corresponding holes in the circle on the card. Push wire through the cup and the card twist and attach to the stick. You should by now have a beautiful flower.

Handprint Tulips
Using your hand paint it w/a color of your choice. Making sure that the hands are together press on paper to make a tulip. Use green paint to make the stem and leaves.

Foot Flower
What You Need:
Paint
Paper
What You Do:
Paint the bottom of the child’s foot and let them put it on paper. They can then add a stem and what other decoration they choose to add to the picture.

Insect Collage
What You Need:
Contact Paper
Construction Paper or Tissue Paper
What You Do:
Cut the contact paper in the shape of an insect (butterfly, ladybug, etc.) Let you kids put the construction paper or tissue paper on it and make great collages

Rock Bug
What You Need:
Paint or Markers
Rock
Pipe Cleaners
Glue
Goggle Eyes
What You Do:
If you live where you can, let your kids go pick out their own rocks. Then wash the rocks, let them dry. Then give the kids all the different supplies and let them design their own bug.

Paper Plate Daisy
What You Need:
Paper Plates
Yellow Paper
Paint
Glue
What You Do:
Give your children paper plates. Have them cut out pedals from the yellow paper and then attach them around the paper plate.

Clouds Pieces
What You Need:
Paint
Paper
What You Do:
Give your children a precut Clouds piece (or let them cut their own) Let them add the features to really make it look like Clouds. These work great on a bulletin board like “Popping into summer” etc

Paper Plate Sunflower
What You Need:
Paper Plates
Yellow Paper
Paint
Glue
Sunflower seeds or Oatmeal
What You Do:
Give your children paper plates. Have them cut out pedals from the yellow paper and then attach them around the paper plate. They can then add sunflower seeds or oatmeal to the seed of the flower

Leaf Tie Dye
What You Need:
Leaves (various colors preferred) and Flowers
Cloth (Light Color)
Sticking Instrument (Mallet or Hammer)
What You Do:
Put the leaves and Flowers out on the floor or counter. Put the cloth on top of the leaves and flowers. Then hit the cloth with the mallet until the leaves and Flowers are ground up. This will put a neat pattern on the cloth. If your brave you can let the children try it
Warning: Very Messy. Watch children with Mallets closely.

Paper Gardens
What You Need:
Easter Grass
Pipe Cleaners
Paper
Markers/Crayons/Paint
Glue
muffin liners
What You Do:
Have your children glue grass on the paper and design their own gardens. They can choose to paint their own flowers, or use pipe cleaners or torn pieces of construction paper to form them. Additionally you can provide muffin liners from them to use as flowers.

Idea: Put Clouds and paint in a bag and shake it. This makes a great item to use with an art project.

 

Rainbow From the Sky
What You Need:
Paper
Crepe Paper
Paint
What You Do:
Have your children cut a cloud from white paper. Next have them cut raindrops out of different shades of blue paper and lighting out of yellow paper. Have your children glue these on a piece of paper. Finally, have them glue trips of multi-colored crepe paper on the cloud to symbolize a rainbow coming from the cloud. These turned out so cute!

Make Your Own Bug
What You Need:
Cotton balls
Egg cartons
Goggle eyes
Pipe cleaners
Construction paper
Glitter, any other material that you want to use.
What You Do:
Cut the egg cartons and let the children make their own bug

Lima Bean
What You Need
Beans
Paper
Markers/Crayons/Paint
Whatever Other Art Supplies That You Choose
What You Do:
At the bottom of a piece of paper glue a bean. Now ask your children to draw what they think will grow from the bean on the paper

Insect Habitat
What You Need:
Paper
Paint, or colors, markers
What You Do:
Let you kids design their own Insect Habitat (Bee Hive, Ant Hill with tunnels, Spider Web, Cocoon). Then they can draw the insects in.

Kite Ink Blot
What You Need:
Paint
Paper
What You Do:
Give each of your children a kite shape cut out of paper (or have them cut their own) put a blob of paint in the middle of the shape and have them fold it over. This will make a really neat design on the kite.
Idea: You can make clouds with cotton, white pom-poms, puffy paint, torn scraps of paper, and more! Submitted by Connie

Fruit Loop Rainbow
What You Need:
Paint
Paper
Glue
Fruit Loops
What You Do:
Use a large piece of poster board. Add food coloring or paint to glue to correspond with the colors of Fruit Loops cereal. Then paint a rainbow on the paper with the glue. Then have the children sort and match the fruit loops and stick them to the corresponding colours on the rainbow.

 

Coffee Filter Butterflies
What You Need:
Coffee Filters
Spray Bottle with water
Washable Markers
Clothe spins
What You Do:
Let kids colour coffee filters, then spray them with the spray bottle, then twist and clip with clothespin. This will make the butterfly wings, the kids can then color a face and antennas on the clothespin.

 

Butterfly Match
Create several different colored butterflies. Cut them in half and then have your children match the butterfly halves.

Solar Ovens
Line a shoe box with aluminum foil. Next put kabob skewers through the box. Place plastic wrap over the top of the box. Now you can cook marshmallows and hot dogs on a particular sunny day.

Fish Tank Garden
Show your children how things grow by planting seeds in a fish tank. Simply put rocks on the bottom of the tank (for drainage), add potting soil (from a local hardware store), and let your children plant seeds in the soil.

Wind
Talk to your children about wind. Then ask them if they have ever had anything blow away. On a really windy day. Take your children outside and show them the effect wind has on some ordinary items that they use in their daily lives (paper plate, sheet, etc)

Different Shades of Rainbow Colors
Give a white ice cube tray to the child and fill the first three holes with red, yellow and blue water. Give the child an eye dropper (or medicine dropper) and let them mix the colors in the empty spaces. This will create many shades of colors.

Clear Garden
Let your children see how plants sprout and then form root systems. Wet paper towels and put them in clear plastic cups. Finally sprinkle radish seed on the paper towel until the seeds are clearly visible. Set the cups in the sun and keep the towels moist, you will have growth in no time

How Far did the Kite Fly
When your children get done flying a kite, instead of rewinding the string to bring it down. Wrap the string around another stick or your hand. When you get it down then you can stretch out the string and show your children how high up the kite was.

Grow A Butterfly
Find a caterpillar and let it grow and transform into a butterfly!! Your children will love to watch the transformation over time.

How Clouds Move
Talk to your children about how the wind moves clouds across the sky. Then ask them when they saw the wind at work…blowing dust, rain, a kite, etc.

Flowers Food
Put a white carnation in a cup of colored water (darker color the better) and let your kids see how flowers drink water (the flower will take get its color changed as it takes in the water)

Outdoor Garden
If you have the facilities make a real garden for your children in a small swimming pool (punch holes for drainage) They will love to work it just like it’s a real garden.

Growing Grass
Dampen a sponge and then put grass seed on the top of it. Next pour water over the sponge let your children watch as the grass grows over the next few weeks.

Carrot on a String
Core out the top of a carrot and put a hole in order to hang the carrot from a string. Hang it somewhere where it can get sun. Have children put water in the cored out top. In a few days your kids will love the results.

Ant Farm
Get an ant farm and let your kids watch. Them build their many tunnels

Buggy Aquarium
Put a lot of bugs in an aquarium. Make sure the lid fits well. Let your kids watch the bugs. They will enjoy seeing the bugs as well as learn a lot.

Bee Hive
Talk to your children about the intricate workings of a Bee Hive. Tell them about how all of the bees have a specific task and they all have to work together to have a successful Hive.

“The Very Quiet Cricket”
After reading the “The Very Quiet Cricket” get several crickets from a bait shop and let your children watch them make noise. Once your children have seen them take them outside and set them free.

Baggie Garden
Wet a paper towel, and drop it along with six white beans into a Ziploc bag. Seal the baggie (leaving air in the bag) and put it in your window. Your children will love watching the beans grow.

“The Tiny Seed” Plant
To go along with the book “The Tiny Seed” plant sunflowers. Plant the seeds in tiny plastic cups with soil (or plastic bags with moist towels) as the seed grows you can show your children how the roots form in the soil and the plant grows above the soil.
Additionally you can graph how many children think their seed will grow and how many will not. Graph their prediction and their results.

Spring Sock
When all the snow has disappeared and the spring ground is dry…have your children bring in an old sock to wear out on a spring walk. Just one sock over a shoe (if it is still too cool). Be sure to take that sock for a walk in plenty of places! When you return to class, have the children bury their sock in some soil and spray gently to moisten…….keep moist and put into a sunny window. Watch for the magic to unfold when something begins to grow from those spring socks.

What Makes a Rainbow?
Talk to your children about what makes a rainbow (light refraction on mist).

Planting Flowers
Cut several (ten or more) flower shapes form construction paper or wallpaper scraps and glue the cut outs to craft sticks. Print the numbers one through ten on index cards. Put sand in a flower pot. Have your children draw the number cards and then plant the number of flowers that the card indicates into the sand.

Feather
Pair you children off and give them a feather. Tell them to try to keep the feather in the air by blowing it. Explain that the air they are blowing out of their mouth is like the wind outside.

Rolling rainbows
Take clear plastic soda bottles and fill them with water and put mosaic tiles in them. Now your children can roll the bottles and watch the rainbow colors swirl. Note: Both glue and tape the cap on so that your children can not open it.

Rainbow Bottle
Get several different densities of liquid (oil, water, alcohol, etc) and use food coloring to die each one a different color. Put these in a bottle (oil then water then alcohol) and let your children play with these bottles

Wallpaper Kite
Cut out kites from wallpaper. Cut the kites in half. Have your children match the kite sides by the design.

What Does the Cloud Look Like
Talk to your children about how people often see different things in clouds. Then fold a colored piece of paper in half. Put a few drops of white paint in the crease and then have your children press down on the paper. Ask them what they think the “cloud” looks like. This activity goes well with the book “It Looks Like Spilled Milk”eared and the spring ground is dry…have your children bring in an old sock to wear out on a spring walk. Just one sock over a shoe (if it is still too cool). Be sure to take that sock for a walk in plenty of places! When you return to class, have the children bury their sock in some soil and spray gently to moisten…….keep moist and put into a sunny window. Watch for the magic to unfold when something begins to grow from those spring socks.

 

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