Spring is not here yet, though the weather in my neck of the woods has me convinced that it is. Being a kid at heart, I feel a certain joy every time the sun is shining bright and coats are not necessary, and I immediately feel the need to get outside and play. Luckily, working at an elementary school, I do get the opportunity — and believe you me, the kids are excited too. If the sun is not shining yet where you are, or you are just looking for ways to welcome spring, here are some fun spring-time crafts you can do with kids!
A sure sign of spring is waking up to the singing of birds (to the dismay of some). This is a very simple and cute craft that does not involve very many supplies. Kaboose recommends this craft for ages five and up, but I think even preschool-aged children could do this with the help of an adult. All you need are paper plates, felt, patterns, scissors, glue, and American or Spanish moss. You can even punch a hole in these and use some yarn to hang them. I love the idea — I will definitely do this craft with my students!
This craft is so vibrant and colorful. Bound to put a smile on anyone’s face, these coffee filter butterflies would be great to hang on a spring-themed board. This is another inexpensive craft. The supplies needed are coffee filters, pipe cleaners, water color paints, and paintbrushes.
This one is recommended for ages 3 and up.
This craft is a little more difficult and requires more supplies. I’d recommend it for second grade and up. If you have different age groups together you could pair up a younger child with an older child. It requires a lot of patience and hot glue, but the end result is an adorable hanging mobile. The children will be proud of themselves for this one!
Those are just a few craft ideas, but spring is also a great time to teach children about nature. Start a recycling or compost project. Plant a garden, or even a few potted plants if you don’t have enough space for a full garden. Take them outside to plant a tree or clean up a local park. As long as the sun is shining, it’s a great time to get your kids active and engaged in their environment!