Spring Art Activities
Spring Art Activities for preschoolers through second grade.
This is a fun art project on a rainy day. Your students will be able to draw on the “sidewalk” even in inclement weather! Take gray full sheets of construction paper and lay or tape them in a path from down the hallway or around the room. Make sure to leave a little space between them to represent the “cracks” in the sidewalk. Let students make their art creations with chalk on the paper. When we do this at my preschool, several students make more than one, so be ready to extend your “sidewalk”! After they have completed their chalk art, we remove the art from the area. We then take it outside, away from the children and spray them lightly with hairspray to “set” the chalk. We have 24 children in each class and it’s easily managed.
buds to blossoms-cut out two identical tree shapes from brown construction paper and glue onto a larger sheet. Glue on puffed rice for buds on one tree and popped popcorn on the other for blossoms.
Pussywillows, Draw brown branches with a marker on construction paper. Snip off the ends of Q-tips and glue onto branches. Looks just like the real thing.
Hand Print Flowers
Trace each child’s hand. Have them color both sides and cutout. Use a pencil to curl the fingers and hand. Attach hand to a bendable straw with fingers curled outward. These can also be planted.
I work in a preschool and for spring I did a bulletin board entitled “April Flowers Bring May Showers”. Each age group had a special part in the bb. The one-year-olds made a sun out of their handprints, the two-year-olds made raindrops with their fingerprints and blue finger paints, the three-year-olds made flowers. Our young fours made caterpillars and our older fours made butterflies out of tissue paper and clothespins. The children loved it because they could show off their creations and we kept it up for 2 months.
Take a bunch of flower petals and place them in a large bowl. Cut out some contact paper into the shape of a flower. Let the children place the flower petals on the cutouts. Once finished, used another piece of contact paper to seal it off so no flowers come loose. Add a steam cut out from green paper if you want.
I have used this idea with kids of all ages and it is a lot of fun. Supplies: bright pink const. paper, green food dye, straws, glue, different shades of pink and fuchsia tissue paper cut into small squares.
Put a few small drops of green food dye at bottom of the pink paper. Have children blow with a straw up and over a little left and right to create a pretty shaped branch with lots of twigs. Then take the tissue squares and pinch in the middle and glue on like a blossom along the green stems, remembering to get some on the ends of the twigs. Really beautiful on your wall and to send home. (you can also use white paper and then staple or glue to a larger pink construction paper)
Cut off the top part of a stalk of celery leaving about 3-4 inches of stalk. Use the cut side of the stalk to make a “stamp” for paint. It will make the most incredible “rose” you have ever seen. The children used the stalks of celery to make the stems and then added the “roses”. They are beautiful!!
We did this in my son’s classroom. Not sure I can describe how many items are used but until you balance it you would get the idea.
Colored paper clips
6 die cut shapes
Use your first straw and slip on 3 paper clips (center and one on each end). Face the one in the center up and the ends down.
On for the right side and another paper clip and hand the next straw. Same fashion you will need on the left side of it one clip going down with an image. Two from the center with an image, 3 down on the right-hand side with an image.
Now the left side – you will do 5 paper clips down – then a straw with one on each end and there will be a die cut on each end. The center will be two paper clips and a die cute.
We did them in all different colors – each child’s image was the same. So one child got a flower, one got a ladybug (but each of their images was a different colors).
They were so colorful hanging up in the room. The die cuts minus the ladybug were plants and animals and each child had a different one – no two the same.
For a lovely spring idea, fold a white piece of construction paper into thirds. Then, write the phrase “Thumbody Loves You!” on the top. Underneath that, draw a 5-petaled flower with stem and leaves. Paint the children’s thumb and place it in the center of the flower. Allow them to color and take home when dry! Works great as a bookmark! Or… if you want them to work on motor skills using glue, pre-cut the flower, stem and two leaves, allow them to glue to the construction paper. Use the thumb as the center of the flower and you’ll have a beautiful and motor-skilled oriented spring activity!
What a nice way to keep track of growing children and to help celebrate the arrival of Spring. In the center, I work in our staff like to do lots of hand and footprint art for our Moms and Dads. A special favorite is Flowers. We dip the child’s hand in paint and make that the bud or flower and then use their feet for the leaves at the base of the flower. Then just draw a green stem and it is a piece of art that parents or grandparents will cherish forever. Please try to remember to date the back or bottom corner so parents have a date to refer back to.