Activities To Celebrate Spring
Welcome spring with these fun, easy-to-do projects
for you and your child, ages 2 and up. Most of the materials
needed are items you might already have at home.
Coffee Filter Flowers:
Using a paintbrush or dropper, dab white flat
bottom coffee filters with watercolor paint or liquid
food coloring. When the filters are dry, poke the pipe
cleaner through the filter (tape down any sharp edges)
for a flower stem. Spritz with perfume and use as a centerpiece
for your kitchen or dining room table.
Brown Paper Bags:
Paper Bag Kites: Use crayons (glitter crayons
work great) or markers to decorate a regular, everyday,
brown-paper lunch bag. Staple or tape a bit of streamer
to the bottom of the bag for the kite’s “tail.”
Next, make a little hole and tie yarn (put tape on for
extra strength) through the top side of the bag for the
kite’s string. Then run around the yard catching
the wind in your kite.
These walks are a great time to talk about all
the changes that come with the season and promote an appreciation
for the out-doors. Go on a spring nature walk with a bag
and collect bits of nature: twigs, grass and leaves. Ask
your child: what would a bird use to build a nest to lay
its eggs? When you finish your walk, empty the bag, roll
down the edges to form a small “nest” of your
own, using the things you collected together with bits
of yarn, fabric and shredded paper. Carry over the theme
by placing a hard-boiled egg in the nest.
Ice Cube Painting:
When the weather gets warmer and you need a
“cool” project, try ice cube painting. Fill
an ice cube tray with water and squirt some gel food coloring
(Betty Crocker brand) into each section. Cover the tray
with aluminum foil and insert one-half of a Popsicle stick
into each section/cube. Then, freeze. Frozen cubes make
great paintbrushes; they work especially well on shiny
sided finger-paint paper.
Fun In The Mud!
Enjoy getting out of doors again: make a mud
puddle in the garden and let your little one go crazy!
Bake mud pies in the sun. Make homemade fossils too: press
leaves, twigs or rocks into the mud pie, let dry and remove
the object. The impression will remain. Make sure you
have a camera (and a hose!) close by to capture the moment.
It will be worth the mess!
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