My children love to paint and color! We have art time at our house nearly every day. With a two-year old and a four-year old, I try to keep our crafts simple and use supplies that are inexpensive and easy to clean up. I’m sharing them here because sometimes it can be hard to think of something simple to do when you have extra time at home or in the classroom.
And if you’d like a book to go along with any of these spring crafts, check out my post on a fun springtime read. 🙂
These are 4 spring crafts we have done in our house over the last couple of weeks:
#1 Paper Plate Umbrellas
- Cut a paper plate in half, then create scalloped edges.
- Use construction paper to make a “J” shape and tape for the umbrella handle.
- Allow child to decorate. (We used small pieces of tissue paper and practiced glue skills.)
#2 Silly Bunnies
- Cut out a bunny shape from a piece of construction paper. Next, make a set of paws and feet. Allow child to paint or color the bunny.
- Make 4 thin strips of construction paper, approximately 3-4 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Fold each strip fold accordion-style.
- Tape or glue the paws and feet to the strips and then to the bunny.
- Add “extras” to decorate the bunny or simply draw in a face using marker. My children used googley eyes, pom poms and we even stuck a cotton ball on the back of the bunny for a tail. 🙂
#3 Tin Foil Painting
- Cut a large rectangle from the back of an old cereal box. Cover with tin foil.
- Use acrylic paints to create a scene or “abstract” spring painting – give your children/students green, yellow, pink, blue and/or purple as cheerful spring colors.
- If desired, tape yarn or string to the back to hang and display.
Note: I remember doing this as a child and I loved it! The ones my kids painted turned out so nicely although the picture quality doesn’t reflect it too well. My apologies!
#4 Easter Cross with Sponge Painting
- Cut out cross using brown construction paper and heart using pink or red construction paper. Glue Heart to the center of the cross.
- If desired, write a phrase or Bible verse inside the heart using Sharpie. Some examples are Jesus is Risen, Happy Easter, Jesus Loves Me.
- Cut up a sponge and demonstrate how to dip the sponge in the paint and then dab it on the paper to create a textured look. They may not end up doing it (one of my kids did and one didn’t) but even using a slightly different medium for painting can be a fun experience!