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Springtime Kids’ Crafts

By Dawna Matthews

I am always on the lookout for fun, easy activities to do with Chloé. Springtime gives us many opportunities to go outside and be in nature, but with spring comes changing weather. When it starts to rain or gets blustery, it’s time to head inside and keep the little ones and yourself from going stir crazy. That is when I pull out the crafts or art projects. I find that crafts are wonderful for several reasons: they spark creativity and imagination; activities keep little minds and hands occupied; and it’s so calming to spend time actively engaged in something with your child while connecting with them creatively.

Spring is inspiring me everywhere I turn — with birds singing in the morning, flowers pushing through the earth, and little critters playing in the rain/sun mix. Bring the outdoors inside — here are some favorite and easy craft projects I have found for little ones and you for the spring:

Baby Bird Collage/Nest: www.activityvillage.co.uk/birds_nest_craft.htm

Who doesn’t adore cute little fluffy birds? What I love about these crafts is that they are super simple and fast, so they help keep children’s attention and your patience isn’t tested. Plus they use easy-to-find supplies. I have made a combo, but the link above is a good reference point for either project.

For my version —birds_nest_craft

Supplies You Will Need:

Paintbrush

Scissors

Glue

Paper plate

Googly eyes

Pompoms (blue/red/yellow for bird of choice; also small or large)

Shredded/ripped paper (brown lunch bag)

Yarn (brown – optional)

Construction paper (orange/yellow for beak, cut into triangular shapes)

Paint (brown)Popsicle sticks

How To Make:

1. Cut a paper plate in half and staple the rims together, leaving the top of the nest open like a pita.

2. Paint the plate and let it dry. Then glue shredded paper and yarn onto the front to add texture. Don’t worry about gluing each one individually; just grab a handful and stick onto the glue.

3. Create the birds by gluing the pompoms to the ends of popsicle sticks, one pompom for each stick and about 3 birds per nest. Add googly eyes and construction paper beaks to make a little bird.

4. Slide the ends of the popsicle sticks between the plates and glue the sticks to the plates so they don’t fall out. Ta-da! All done and it’s so cute!

 

Colorful Spring Branch —

www.innerchildfun.com/2011/03/colorful-spring-branch-craft.html

picture for spring crafts

Oh my goodness, this is so incredibly easy-peasy that even I can do it. Plus it’s colorful and just festive! I love this and it’s a great way to recycle old tissue paper from presents.

Supplies You Will Need:

Colored paper

Brown marker

Tissue paper

Glue

How to Make:

All you do is

1. Draw some branches, free-style, on the colored paper.

2. Crumple up tiny pieces of tissue paper.

3. Glue to the branches and let dry.

All done and so cute!

 

Butterfly Made with Paper Roll —

We love butterflies in our house, and these lovely guys (along with caterpillars) are easy to see flitting around outside among the flowers. When it rains, I like to bring the butterflies in — I’ve found so many butterfly crafts online on pinterest, but this is one of my favorites:

I have changed it a little, based on the supplies I had. Here is my version.paper roll butterflie

Supplies You Will Need:

Toilet paper (or paper towel roll for extra large butterflies)

Patterned cardstock

Ribbon or pipe cleaner

Googly eyes

Double sided tape (for ribbon)

Glue (for pipe cleaners)

Scissors

Hole punches

Flower punch or flower stickers

I think it’s easy to find some patterned paper at any craft or office supply store, so use what you like.

How To Make:

1. Cut paper into rectangle; place double sided tape to edges and roll onto toilet paper roll.

2. Glue the eyes onto the roll.

3. Make the antennae, using either ribbon or pipe cleaners. Cut the ribbon into 3-inch strips and tie a knot at one end (or cut a pipe cleaner in half). Use the double-sided tape for the ribbon and glue for the pipe cleaner. I like the pipe cleaner so I can “curl” the antennae.

4. Trace and cut out a butterfly pattern onto cardstock (the website above had a great one) or just free-style it.

5. Make colorful circles and flowers using punches, and use glue or double sided tape (or stickers).

6. Glue or use double-sided tape on wings and attach to body (paper roll).

7. All done — and so adorable!

Crafts are so much fun, and they bring joy to the hearts of parent and child. Not only are they fun, but they help children to learn self-expression, to develop intellectually by playing with shapes and forms, and to awaken to endless possibilities of creativity.

All of these crafts take between 10-30 minutes to actually make, and the smiles that develop from them last forever in your child’s and your hearts. I invite you to take part in sparking their creativity, to keep yourself and your kids from being bored or stir-crazy, and to enjoy spring inside. Time to craft!

For more craft inspiring ideas, visit these sites:

www.allfreekidscrafts.com

www.happyhooligans.ca/category/crafts-for-kids

About Dawna Matthews

Dawna is a yoga teacher, writer, domestic goddess, and lover of life. She tries to celebrate all the joys given to us in this world by dancing, singing, cooking, and gazing up at the sky. Dawna believes green living is a way of coming back to the self- a simple yet deeply satisfying dance of gratitude to mother earth and each one of us. She lives in Colorado where the mountains are a perfect backdrop to each day. She twirls daily.

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