Having had the spring equinox on Monday 20th March, we have used this as our theme this week. So all our crafting has been spring crafts. Lots of lovely fun sunny spring craft ideas, to make us feel that we are finally saying goodbye to our long winter (and hat wearing).
The first of our spring crafts is a finger painted garden. You first need to do the background. A band of green on the bottom, a thin band of yellow above, and a wider band of blue above that for the sky with fingerprints. You can then add thumbprints in a variety of colours for flower heads. We have also added some dots of contrasting colour in the centre of some of ours, as well as a few random stems. All our smaller dots were done with cotton buds.
Next up we have fork flowers! My trio loved doing this, as they love using anything but brushes to paint with. We painted some green stems with brushes, and then added different coloured flower heads with forks dipped in paint. Sometimes I think these crafts are quite simple for our little lady who is 9. However, she loves doing them, and that is the main thing. She is learning to think outside the box a little, and then she stays on at the table being creative more at her level with everything she has just learned.
Our third craft is a very effective hand print tree. We brushed our hands in brown paint (created by mixing red and green as we don’t have brown!). We then did a hand print on the paper that served as the branches and tree trunk. Next we used ear cleaners to make the blossom effect.
Continuing with the blossom theme, it is spring after all, our next piece was similar but using a different technique. This time we painted a brown branch. Then we used the bottom of a fizzy pop bottle, dipped in paint, to make the blossom print marks. This was the first time we had used pop bottles to paint, and it was very effective.
They enjoyed making a caterpillar so much, we stuck with that mini beast, and created one from a paper plate. We cut a section of paper plate rim and decorated it. The trio then styled a face/antennae to their fancy, and stuck it onto the front of the plate.
Naturally, having done caterpillars, they wanted to move onto butterflies, so we did just one today (lots and lots of ideas!!). My trio each drew a butterfly shape on card. They then cut this out. They painted one side and folded it in half to make the pattern across all of the wings. We then sliced the top portion of a bendy straw, to pull apart for antennae, and glued the rest of the straw into the middle of the wings.
The penultimate idea for spring crafts was an egg carton flower. We cut a four section of cups from the carton, each painting theirs to their own tastes. We stuck a bright pom pom in the centre, and a straw as the stem. Easy peasy!
The last of our spring crafts ideas was to actually use a little bit of nature itself and do some nature threading. We collected various items from around the garden, and used a needle and thread to thread them together. The trio made their various creations, and then we used them to decorate their bedrooms for a few days.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about our spring crafts, and have as much fun doing them as we did 🙂