Spring Art

Seed Collage:

Materials: Pieces of corrugated cardboard and several kinds of seeds and beans.

Present a divided container in the center with several varieties of seeds….Example: Pea seeds, Pinto beans…Black beans….Popcorn….Watermelon seeds. The children use their glue bottles and glue the seeds in the rows on the cardboard in any design they wish.

Paint child’s foot with yellow tempra paint. Stamp foot onto construction paper. The heel will be turned to top of page and become a “head” of a duck. Paint blue under toes on paper with fingers making waves. Put a black dot for the eye. Draw or paint an orange beak. Nice Easter spring project and keepsake!

Like to take your kids on nature walks? This fun idea can be used in the fall or in the spring or whenever! Take some masking tape and make a bracelet for each child sticky side up. As you have your walk encourage children to gather leaves, flowers, acorns, twigs or whatever to stick on their wrists to create a wonderful bracelet! The children will love to compare their creations while enjoying the outdoors!

Teacher prep:
Dye Campanella pasta (a.k.a. bellflowers) pretty spring colors, let dry. Gather the following materials: the colored pasta, old play dough, pipe cleaners, plastic tops from liquid detergents and/or softener jugs. Have the kids thread the flower pasta onto the pipe cleaner “stems.” Make a bunch of these. Fill the plastic tops with old play dough. These will become the flower pots. Have the children arrange their flowers in the pot. It’s a lovely centerpiece!

I am adding a step to the wonderful coffee filter idea. Take a coffee filter, color with washable markers, spray lightly, all the colors will run together. Now pinch the filter in the middle until it resembles butterfly wings. Place this in a clothespin. Add pipe cleaner antennae and two marker eyes. You may add a magnet strip on the back, and voila! A clothespin butterfly to hang on the fridge.

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.