Spring Art

To make replicas of Pussy Willow clippings, start by tracing a vase shape on wallpaper samples. Next, have the children draw 3 or 4 long brown stems. Last, have them glue on puffed rice cereal to represent the pussy willows. A fellow teacher, Joan, does this every year to accompany her science lesson and the kids love it! (And it is very inexpensive).

Spring Flower – Hyacinths Make After Easter – Save cracked, colored egg shells (I wash and drain dry). Teacher or students cut out long Spring colored oval shapes. Glue onto paper oval shapes pieces of colored egg shells. Add a green stem and leaves to oval to make a flower. This makes real nice Hyacinths and gives the students a different texture to work with. When saving the eggshells, the teacher can save each color separately and glue pink on a pink paper oval, and blue on a blue paper oval or the egg shells can be mixed and glued on to the different paper ovals. Either way, it really looks very nice.

Spring Art – Pussy Willow Tree. materials needed: Pussy Willow branches, brown construction paper, glue, a piece of blue construction paper to glue tree on. Teacher or students cut out a brown tree trunk and branches to put a tree together. Teacher brings in real ‘Pussy Willow’ branches to show children. Students pull off ‘Pussy Willows’ from branches and glue to their tree. This makes a fun class project with the teacher making a tree trunk for the bulletin board and the students each making a branch.

I love to watch a bulletin come to life when I give the children in our Pre-K classroom scraps of construction paper and glue and tell them to create flowers. They can tear the paper or cut the paper to make beautiful flowers. They glue the “petals” onto green construction paper stems they have torn or cut out. We have beautiful, tiny flowers and we have big, giant flowers. The flower garden is always beautiful. I cut green grass out of construction paper and staple it across the bottom of the bulletin and just watch the flowers bloom from it. We also add kites, birds and other “spring” items to have a great bulletin board! The children love to see their special flowers come to life.

This will cover two days of activity projects. Also can be for any age group. First get a big piece of paper, like a blank newspaper or big sheets of white construction paper. Have the children paint it all green this will be the grass for our spring garden. The next day after it has dried completely. Let the children glue on green construction paper leaves and green pipe cleaners for the stems of their flowers. For the flowers use small or large muffin paper cups. This will give a 3-D effect and allow the classroom garden to come alive. You can add bugs, insects, and animals to your garden if your class really gets into it.

Paper bag Flower Boxes Materials: Brown paper bag assorted construction paper scissors glue flower pattern glitter glue (optional)

For preschool age, you should cut the paper bag in half horizontally and make flower patterns ahead of time. Flowers can be as simple as cutting circles out of colored construction paper. Cut medium sized green strips for the stem. Have child open bag. The top portion of the bag should be cut into small strips beforehand as well. This will serve as the “dirt”. Place strips in bottom of bag. Then have child glue flower pieces together and glue to each side of the bag. I used glitter glue with my preschoolers and they just loved making their newly planted flowers sparkle!!

TP Roll Windsocks My 3, 4 & 5-yr-olds enjoyed attaching stickers and strips of tissue paper to empty toilet paper rolls to make windsocks for the Spring breezes. I provided them with 2 holes punched ready to insert lengths of yarn for hanging and helped tie the knots for younger 4s.

For spring in my 2-year old class, I made large flowers out of construction paper and put them on the walls with clear contact paper. What made these flowers special is that I measured each child and hung their flower at their height. I used green construction paper for a stem that went from their height, to the floor. On the center of the flowers I wrote the child’s name and height. It worked out really well for me because I tied it into our “growing things” theme. I explained to the class that flowers and children are both growing things. Everyone loved it and it really brightened up my room.

wind catchers

take one small empty strawberry basket that you buy strawberries in. cut long strips of land surveyor tape (comes in bright colors, pink, yellow or green) and tie the strips all around the top of the basket. Turn basket upside down and tie one stripe about 12″ long in a loop shape in the middle for a handle. hang your artwork outside in an airy place and watch it fly around.

This is a great spring (or wishing for spring) activity. Give each child a tree made out of stiff paper. Pop a batch of plain popcorn and place it in a bag or bucket with red or pink powder paint. Shake it until all off the popcorn is pink then have the children decorate their trees and turn them into beautiful blossom trees!
Make sure that you do this activity with older children (4 and 5’s).

In the Spring we make flowers with our hands and feet. This is a great craft for Mother’s Day. First I cut long, narrow strips of green paper and glue it on a large piece of large construction paper for our stem. Then I have them take off their shoes and I brush green paint on the bottom of their feet. They carefully step onto the large piece of construction paper, heels together and feet pointed at an angle. At the base of the green stem.) I then make a flower at the top of the green stem by brushing their hand with paint and make several handprints to form a flower. We place a photo of the children in the center of their flower and the mother’s love them.