Spring Art

Have the children either trace each others feet, or you trace them. Have them cut it out and make sure the feet are still together. Then have them glue craft sticks in the middle. They can color in their feet, and also glue on wiggly eyes. Presto! A butterfly.

Trace a stem and two leaves onto the green construction paper let children cut shapes out Fold the white paper in half and let children put blobs of tempra on one side. Refold the paper and let the children squish the paper together. You want to get the paint to cover most of the paper. After the paint dries ( the next day) trace 4 hearts onto the unpainted side of the white paper. the children will cut out the hearts and put the stem and leaves together to make a flower.

Spring Kites: Give each child two same-size pieces of square paper and allow them to fingerpaint. After the paint has dried, staple the papers together with painted sides to the outside. Punch a hole in one corner and attach thread for hanging. Punch a hole in the opposite corner to attach a “tail” made from either knotted fabric strips or crepe paper. We hung these from the ceiling and they were a beautiful, colorful way to bring Spring inside!

This is one of my all-time favorite spring art ideas. It is a spring butterfly. I start by mixing 3+ colors of paint with white to make pastels. I then “talk” my children into taking off their socks and shoes. I then paint their feet, using splotches of colors here and there to make all colors on their feet. Remembering to use this time to ask such questions as “How does the paintbrush feel on your feet?”, or “Does the paint feel hot or cold on your feet?”. We then place our feet about 1 inch apart onto a piece of white construction paper. When they are dry, we glue a “Y” shaped piece of black construction paper into the middle to create a butterfly!!! “Look at the wonderful things God made” (Job 37:14).

Caterpillar on a Leaf.

Cut leaf shapes out of different shades of green construction paper. Have different colored pom-poms (the ones about the size of a penny) Have the children glue on about eight pom-poms onto whatever color leaf they chose. They now have their caterpillar on a leaf.

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 tempera paint. Stamp foot on construction paper. The heel will be turned to the top of the 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.