Category Archives: Spring

Recycled Bottle Flower Prints

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Submitted by: Ann Nesladek

A great activity that shows recycling can be fun and creative!

Goals:

  • To foster creativity in using ordinary objects
  • To discover new ways of recycling old items

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: Plastic water or soda bottles in different sizes, paper, BioColor® or tempera paint, paint trays and paint brushes.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Set out different colors of paint on paint trays or paper plates.

Step 2.
Take a plastic bottle and dip the bottom into one of the colors of paint. Now, press the bottom of the bottle onto the paper. Repeat using different colors and/or different sizes of water bottles.

Step 3.
Using a paint brush, paint a stem onto each of the flowers.

Step 4.
Paint additional details into your painting, such as grass, trees, clouds or more!

Furthermore:
What other objects can be used in a new way as a method of recycling? Hold a class brainstorming session to help get everyone thinking about ways to reduce trash and save the planet!

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Painting With Flowers

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Submitted by: Donna Bernstein

This activity demonstrates how it is possible to paint using objects other than paint brushes.

Goals:

  • To make a colorful collage using fresh spring flowers
  • To experiment with different ways to paint and create art

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: Large sheets of paper, paint in a variety of colors, paper plates, and fresh flowers. Gerbera daisies are recommended, but you can experiment with any other types of flowers you have available.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Cut the stems of your flowers to about 3″ long.

Step 2.
Pour a very thin layer of paint onto a paper plate, one color per plate.

Step 3.
Gently dip one of the flowers into the paint, then carefully press the flower onto the paper.

Step 4.
Repeat using different colors of paint to create an exciting collage!

Furthermore:
Discuss how it is possible to paint using different objects that aren’t paint brushes. Demonstrate how a flower can be printed multiple times after it is dipped in paint, but that each time the imprint is a little lighter. Sometimes petals might fall off onto the paper, which can look nice, too!

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Spring Tree Blossoms

Submitted by: Tracy Emond

This activity helps children visualize and celebrate springtime changes in the world around them.

Goals:

  • To discuss and understand the transformation trees make from winter to spring
  • To understand that different kinds of trees bloom and blossom in different ways

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: construction paper, colored tissue paper squares, craft glue, and brown and green paint, markers, or crayons. If you only have large sheets of tissue paper, you will want to cut them down to 2″-4″ squares.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Begin with a light-colored sheet of construction paper. On the paper, use the paint, markers, or crayons (whichever is available) to draw the trunk of a tree on a simple grass landscape. There should be no leaves in this drawing; explain that this is how trees look during the winter.

Step 2.
To apply blossoms to the trees, place the middle of a tissue paper square at the tip of a finger and fold the tissue around it, creating a sort of “cone.”

Step 3.
Apply a small dab of glue to the tip of the tissue paper cone and place it on a branch of the tree. The tree is beginning to blossom.

Step 4.
Fill the tree branches with as many blossoms as desired. Now it is spring!

Furthermore:
Tear green leaves out of construction paper and glue them between the blossoms on the tree to fill out the branches.

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Decorative Spring Kites

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Children can make their own simple little kites with Colorations® that will flutter up behind them as they run and play!

Goals:

  • To have an enjoyable time making a simple kite that children can also use for active play
  • To encourage creativity and build fine motor skills

Before You Start:
Gather large pieces of Colorations® Heavyweight Construction Paper, scissors, and tape. Cut enough yarn or heavy string (about 1 yard) for each child, and prepare strips of Colorations® tissue or crepe paper about 1 inch wide and 2 feet long to use as streamers on the kites. Set out Colorations® crayons, markers and colored pencils.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Give each child their own piece of construction paper and yarn/string. Show the children how to cut out a standard diamond kite shape from the paper. You may want to help younger children trace and cut their kites. (Size can vary as long as kites are approximately 12″ from top to bottom and 9″ from side to side.)

Step 2.
Let the children get creative decorating their kites. Encourage them to use a variety of colors and art materials. You may want to have (or help) the children write their names in a corner.

Step 3.
Let the children choose 3-4 streamers each. Show them how they can tape them firmly to the back bottom corner of their kites with tape.

Step 4.
Help children punch two holes just to the left and right of the center of the kite. (Holes should be about an inch or so apart.) Show them how to thread the string through the holes and tie in a knot underneath the kite at one end of the string. The rest of the string should dangle below. If you wish, you can reinforce the holes on the kites with a little tape around the edges.

Step 5.
Though these kites won’t fly like a traditional kite, have the children take their kites outside to watch the streamers blow in the wind as the children run and the kites trail behind them, or as they hold them up in the air and move around.

Furthermore:
Prepare a variety of watercolor paints for the children to decorate their kites. Colorations® Liquid Watercolor will work beautifully for this project and clean-up is a breeze! The kites can also be displayed around the classroom or hung from the ceiling to help the children imagine their kites “flying.” For kites that will really fly, try using the Build-A-Kite – Kit for 12.

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Egg Carton Bouquets

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Create a colorful and simple Spring bouquet using individual egg carton cups!

Goals:

  • To reuse and recycle egg cartons for a fun Spring craft
  • To encourage creativity and artistic expression
  • To introduce the primary colors and color mixing

Before You Start:
Have children bring clean, empty cardboard egg cartons from home (or provide cartons for those who do not have any). Set out small bowls with BioColor® or Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera paint, paintbrushes, a variety of pipe cleaners, pencils, Colorations® markers and glitter. Cut short pieces of ribbon or raffia for tying bouquets together.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Help children separate the tops of their egg cartons from the bottoms, and cut the bottom into individual egg carton sections/cups.

Step 2.
Talk to the children about the primary colors and introduce color mixing with a short demonstration.

Step 3.
Have children paint their egg carton cups. Encourage them to experiment in creating their own unique color combinations. Allow egg cups to dry completely.

Step 4.
Help children poke a small hole into the bottoms of each egg carton cup. Show them how to insert a pipe cleaner into one of the sections, and bend the end to secure inside.

Step 5.
Allow children to add detail to their egg cup flowers with markers and/or glitter.

Step 6.
Tie children’s “bouquets” together with ribbon or raffia and place around the classroom for a spring display that really blooms!

Furthermore:
Gather children at circle time and share a story about springtime and/or flowers, such as Flower Garden by Eve Bunting.

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Homemade Hydrangea Bouquets

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Submitted by: Tracy Emond

Welcome springtime with these easy-to-make hydrangea bouquets.

Goals:

  • To encourage creativity
  • To reinforce fine motor skills
  • To promote color recognition and exploration
  • To welcome springtime

Before You Start:
You will need large sheets of white construction paper, BioColor® paint in several colors (blue, pink and purple are great colors to work with, and you will want to have green paint for the stems). You will also need pie tins or paint bowls, straws, bubble paint powder, glitter glue and paint brushes.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Mix approximately 1/4 cup BioColor® paint to 1 scoop of bubble paint powder (included in can) into a large container. Stir mixture. Then, add 1/4 cup warm water and stir again.

Step 2.
Fill your pie tin or paint bowl with approximately 1/4″ deep of the BioColor® paint, bubble powder and water mixture. Have the young ones take their straws and blow carefully into the bowl or pan. This will cause the paint to bubble over, creating a dome shape.

Step 3.
Have the young ones hold their sheets of white construction paper over the dome and lower it onto the bubbles, covering their sheets with the colorful bubbles.

Step 4.
The children should repeat the above step to cover different areas on their sheets of paper with the colors of their choice, engaging in a ‘bubble stamping’ of sorts. This will simulate a colorful bouquet of hydrangea flowers.

Step 5.
When the flowers dry, children can paint green leaves in and around their flowers to add more detail.

Furthermore:
To make their bouquets even more dramatic, children can use white craft glue to trace over some of the hydrangea bubble edges (outlining with a very thin line of glue) then, they can pour on glitter (multi-colored, pink, purple, etc). These beautiful spring floral paintings will make a great display for your center.

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Fly, Fly Butterfly

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Submitted by: Teri Price

These colorful butterflies are a great extension of your science curriculum and an opportunity to review learned material.

Goals:

  • To reinforce the unit of study on butterflies
  • To incorporate fine motor skills into an art activity

Before You Start:
You will need Liquid Watercolor™ Texas Snowflakes, bingo bottles, Colorations® Liquid Watercolor, stapler, butcher paper, string for hanging and pipe cleaners.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Revisit the butterfly structure and the colors of butterflies’ wings during morning meeting time. Let the children look through the books you used during the unit and see pictures of the many colored wings.

Step 2.
Spread the butcher paper out on the floor as a mat for easy clean up.

Step 3.
On the mat, allow the children to stamp and paint the Liquid Watercolor™ Texas Snowflakes using the bingo bottles.

Step 4.
Once paint is dry and children are finished decorating, gather the center of the creation and staple to form a butterfly shape.

Step 5.
Attach the piper cleaners as antennas.

Step 6.
Finally attach the string with the stapler as well. The beautiful butterflies are now ready to hang and decorate the room!

Furthermore:
Have the children create a story about butterflies to share in small groups.

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