Spring Craft Guide
Welcome warm weather, celebrate spring! Herald the advent of a new season with these fun and thoughtful craft projects sure to be enjoyed by children of all ages.
Fun For Baby
In spring, flowers blossom and birds sing—what better time to create some fun and lovely things? Keep these ideas handy, when April showers start to rain. And, don’t forget to leave one or two for that certain bunny who might come to visit you.
This fun project is part craft, part great photo op! Using some simple materials, you can turn your baby into the cutest bunny since Peter Cottontail. First, glue big white pom-poms or cotton balls together until they are about the size of a softball. Then glue your rabbit tail onto a fresh diaper, or fasten the tail to a safety pin with a couple stitches of thread and attach it to your favorite little outfit. Fashion bunny ears with a piece of cardboard cut out into two bunny ear shapes (be sure not to make the ears too long or they won’t stand up). Paint the ears white, with some pink paint in the middle, and glue extra cotton balls around the outer edges. Fold the bottom of the ears and glue them onto a headband. With a fuzzy little tail and adorable rabbit ears, all baby has to do now is sit still for pictures!
This craft will get baby giggling and undoubtedly add a treasured addition to your baby album. While this project is easy enough for baby, toddlers and preschoolers can have fun making it too. Cut out a five-inch diameter circle to make a bunny head. Add extra foam pieces for the eyes, nose, and mouth. Next trace your baby’s feet onto a sheet of pink or white craft foam. Cut out and glue part of the heel portion of the foot cutout onto the back of the bunny head. Finish off this cute keepsake by writing the date and your baby’s name, age, height, and weight onto the Footsy Bunny’s ears.
Cute Crafts for Toddlers
There are over 3,000 different varieties of tulips. Originally a Central Asian wildflower, today most tulips are grown and exported from Holland. Young children will have fun experimenting with painting these pretty paper tulips. To make your flowers, take several pieces of tracing or rice paper. Let your child paint the paper with watercolors—the more water, the better. Try wetting the paper first and then brush on a little paint and watch the colors swirl together. Let the paper dry for about ten minutes, and then wipe off excess water. Let the paper dry for an additional ten minutes. Next, help your child to fold each sheet width-wise three times. Now let your child roll the folded paper tightly up into a small cylinder. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the bottom, securing the folds. An adult should do the cutting portion of this craft. Cut about one-quarter to one-half inch off the top and then cut down about an inch in three or four different places on the flower. Help your child fluff the petals, folding some over to look more realistic.
Find several wooden eggs, available at most craft stores. Then, try one of these fun decorations:
- Paint with acrylic paints, then wrap and glue thin strips of ribbon or sequins around the eggs.
- Using finger paints, cover the eggs with fingerprint designs, like a bunny (a fingerprint for each ear and one for the face), a flower, or fancy shapes and swirls.
- To make swirl eggs, drip three to five different colors of acrylic paint onto a disposable plate. With a paintbrush, gently swirl the paints together (take care not to over-swirl the colors or you’ll just end up with brown eggs). Next, roll the eggs through the paints.
- Try gluing colored tissue paper, magazine cutouts, or photocopies of family photos onto the eggs. Using a paintbrush, apply glue (diluted with a few drops of water) or decoupage adhesive all over the egg. (This decoration can also work with plastic eggs.)
Perfectly Plaid Placemats
Fold a piece of construction paper lengthwise and help your child to cut the paper every two inches up from the fold (leave a one-inch border at the end of the sheet). Unfold the paper. Take various colors of construction paper, and while holding it horizontally, cut into one-inch vertical strips. Now it’s time to weave. Pick a strip and weave it under and over the first sheet, sliding it all the way to the uncut border when finished. Take a strip of different color paper and weave it through the next-to-last strip, however, weave the opposite way this time, over rather then under. Alternate colors and weaving (be sure to push the strips tightly together). When you have finished, tape the loose edges together and add cutout paper flowers with stems that can also be woven into the mat.
Turn a Caterpillar into a Butterfly
It takes a caterpillar about two weeks to become a butterfly, but with this craft you can witness the metamorphosis in seconds. First, take a piece of construction or drawing paper and fold it in half. To make the chrysalis, cut out a half-heart shape—just like when you make a cutout heart. Next, make the caterpillar by folding another piece of paper in half, this time cutting out a long tube shape along the fold (just like half a caterpillar). Fold a third piece of paper in half and cutout a half butterfly shape to make the butterfly. Find some books with pictures of different butterfly species for your children to look at, and have them color the three different pieces.
Tape the caterpillar together, then open up the chrysalis and place the caterpillar inside with only a small bit of its head sticking out. Tape the tail of the caterpillar to the bottom of the butterfly (make sure the top of the butterfly is sticking out of the top of the chrysalis). Now fold the chrysalis up and tape it closed along the side; leave enough room for the butterfly to emerge. Now, when you pull down on the caterpillar, the butterfly should go inside the chrysalis. And when you push the caterpillar in, the butterfly should emerge.
Spring is the perfect time to wear fancy hats. It’s even more fun to invite friends to join you in a bonnet making party. Have a contest to see whose bonnet is best! Straw bonnets are readily available at craft stores, or recycle various hats around the house. Add ribbons, bows, pom-poms—or anything you can think of for decoration. You can even create a scene on your hat by adding some tiny toy springtime animals or pictures of birds and flowers. Add cut shapes from foam sheets and stick them to the top of the hat, or add gift-wrap ribbon to dangle down the back. Other ideas include adding small plastic eggs or fabric scraps rolled up to look like flowers. Small touches like feathers, sequins, or jewels can really make a bonnet beautiful, too. After you’ve finished decorating, add a ribbon tie by gluing about a foot of ribbon onto the inside of the hat to tie under your chin.
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