A fellow teacher shared this idea with me. She pulled off a 6-foot section of white paper from the large roll on our wall. She folded it in two lengthwise and put it on our table. Then she took out paper plate holders that look like flowers. The kids were given paint and used the holders like stencils. When they had all done at least one flower and they were dried, the teacher opened up the paper and added stems and leaves and put it up on our wall. Really cute!
I found this idea out of a Mailbox Magazine. On a long piece of butcher, paper dip had in brown paint and using handprints make a tree. Use green for the leaves. Have each child choose a color and paint their hands and make a print with their thumbs together to resemble a butterfly. Use some hands to make tulips by making a handprint with all the fingers together. Write each child’s name by their contribution and add additional details like antennas and leaves etc. The caption is “Hands Up For Spring” The kids had a great time doing this and everyone commented on how cute it was!
Use cut flowers as stampers. Dip flower into paint-just a little. Print onto paper. I found daisies work well, but try whatever happens to be growing. This makes great stationery.
To make really neat butterflies Take a sheet of white paper fold it down the center put a drop of paint in the center. then put a different color in next to it on one-half fold and smash make sure to really spread the paint all over the paper they make really neat butterflies!
Materials: Bucket of Water 1-2 Colors of Paint Black Marker Construction Paper
This is a very fun activity, the kids love to take pictures with their feet!! 🙂
Have each child take off their socks and shoes…paint the bottom of the child’s feet, have him/her stand up on the construction paper and make their footprints…after the paint dries, draw a small body between the feet prints and antennas…this is lots of fun, yes it can be messy…but the kids really enjoy it!
We add silk flowers, flowerpots and different containers to our play dough area when working on the themes spring and gardening. The kids get a kick out of planting their flowers again and again and the playdough holds the silk flowers nicely.
Make yellow daffodils out of cupcake holders. Cut out green stems and leaves. have the children cut out the yellow flower. Paste yellow cupcake holder in the middle. Cute and easy.
Our class loves to make windsocks. We take colored sandwich bags and let each child choose a color. Then they cut the bottoms off of the bag. Then the children decorate the bags with markers, sequins, buttons, etc. After their bag is decorated, two holes are punched in the tops and yarn or string is placed in the holes to make a hanger for the windsock. Then have the children glue, staple, or tape streamers to the opposite end of their windsock. When it is all dry, you can hang them in your room or outside your class window so the children can watch their windsocks blow in the breeze.
Make flowers out of tissue paper and pipe cleaners. layer tissue paper so you have at least three layers fold it like you would a fan. Place a pipe cleaner in the middle and twist. Now pull the paper apart and shape like a flower. Use strawberry baskets to make may baskets and fill with the tissue flowers. Or you can use a vase (empty soda bottle) Give as a May day gift to someone you love.
This is a great spring or Easter idea. Take a box that is about an inch or two high. Then take craft sticks and paint them white and glue them all around the outside of the box. Should look like a white picket fence. Then add Easter grass in the box which can be glued down if you so choose. Then add a scenery to your box trees, Winnie the Pooh or perhaps something else your into such as Chicka Chicka boom boom letters and the coconut tree. Then if you wish you can add wrapped candy to share with the children later and or if your doing it at home add colored hard-boiled eggs. Remember to allow your preschoolers to paint the fence and glue down the grass and color their scenery whatever that may be that they would like to glue in the box. I hope you all enjoy making this scenery with your preschoolers and or children. Have fun be creative.