There’s no denying children love arts and crafts projects. Researchers have even found a correlation between how much time parents spend in creative endeavors with their children and the long-term success of those children. Some of the benefits of spending time on art projects, especially springtime crafts, include developing visual processing skills, development of motor skills and improved focus and memory skills.
Knowing that crafts are good for your kids and knowing where to start are two different things. Today’s parents are busy. In fact, 45% of two-parent families that have minors in the household have both parents working full-time outside jobs.
That means time is at a premium, and spending hours online seeking out spring craft projects just isn’t at the top of the list. Fortunately, we’ve gathered some amazing projects you can grab and start today. The crafts below cover children preschool aged and up.
Handprint Flowers Craft
This cute flower craft project is perfect for preschool age to kindergarten. All you’ll need is pastel colored paints, ribbon, and blue and white paper. The craft uses your child’s handprints to create a unique flower painting.
Your child will paint the stem of the plant with three stalks shooting up through the center and out to each side. Simply dip your child’s hand in paint and place the hand above one of the stalks. Pour the paint onto a heavy-duty paper plate that can be thrown out when you are finished. Have old clothes on hand to wipe away excess paint from your child’s hands.
Pom Pom Chicks
These adorable pom pom chicks are simple enough for any age to create but cute enough that even middle schoolers would enjoy making them. The items needed are quite simple — some cardstock, yellow pom poms in a couple of different sizes, school glue and markers.
Start by gluing a large pom pom onto the paper for the bottom half of the chick. Place a smaller pom pom to the middle right or left of the top of the larger one as pictured in the image below. Use the marker to draw a beak and legs.
If you want to make the project a bit more complex, use pipe cleaners for the feet and beak and add googly eyes to the chicks’ faces.
Cardboard Tube Bird Feeders
Older kids will enjoy making bird feeders to hang out for the birds returning in the spring. This craft is a bit more involved and very messy, so probably it’s best for those in second grade and up. You’ll need empty cardboard tubes, like toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls. Then, collect peanut butter, wild bird seed, pipe cleaners and a hole puncher.
Punch two holes straight across from one another in the top of each tube. Have the child spread peanut butter all over the tube. This is messy, so lay out paper plates to work on or a small tray that’s easy to clean. Pour bird seed onto a plate and roll the peanut butter coated cardboard tube in the birdseed until the surface is coated.
Thread the pipe cleaner through the punched holes, creating a small hanger. Let the feeder dry for a bit before hanging outside. You can easily hang these from a tree limb.
Cherry Blossom Tree
In the springtime, beautiful trees bloom and bring color to a world that has been drab and dreary all winter. Celebrate this season with your children by helping them create a cute set of cherry trees in full bloom. To create this craft, you’ll need round foam bases, brown pipe cleaners, tissue paper and glue.
To create the tree trunk, you’ll need pipe cleaners. For younger kids, use just a few. For older kids, grab as many as 10 or more. Hold the cleaners in a bunch and push into the foam base. Now, have your child bend the pipe cleaners out and in different directions to resemble the branches of a tree.
To create the blooms, tear small pieces of pink tissue paper and scrunch into balls. Glue balls to the branches of the trees to create blooms. Allow them to dry thoroughly and use as decorations.
Wind Chime From Sticks
This is a really unique project that combines a nature walk with a craft of wind chimes. Once the weather breaks and it’s warm enough, take your children on a nature hike and have them collect a variety of small sticks. You’ll also need paint in spring colors, varnish, screw eyes and fishing line.
Have your children paint the sticks in the colors of their choice. Varnish the sticks to protect them from the elements. The adult may want to do this part of the task so the child does not inhale the fumes from the spray varnish. Insert screw eyelets into the top of each stick and use fishing line to tie them all together.
Though this project is a bit more involved, even small children can help collect and paint the sticks. Older children can help with assembling the actual chime.
Two-Liter Face Planter
What better way to celebrate spring than to create a small and inexpensive planter from empty two-liter bottles? This craft is so simple that it just requires a few pictures to show how to create the planter. You’ll need empty two-liter bottles, the lids from those bottles, large googly eyes, potting soil, glue and seeds.
Cut the two-liter bottle in half so the base of the bottle serves as the planter. Adjust the size to your needs. Take the lid from the bottle and glue it to the front center of the planter base. Add googly eyes above to create the face. Add potting soil and seeds of choice.
Bring in spring with these fun crafts that are good for the entire family. You may even have most of the materials already on hand to create these projects. Not only will you be recycling things you would have otherwise thrown away, but you’ll build fun memories with your child.