The days are getting longer and the trees are starting to bud…if you ask me, it is the most wonderful time of year…SPRING! But if you live in a brutally cold Midwestern climate like me, Spring can be filled with cold rain and cloudy skies. Luckily, there are some fun and simple Spring crafts that you can enjoy indoors while waiting for Mother Nature to sort herself out.
Materials: Cheerios, Pipe Cleaners
Ready for the easiest craft EVER? Then let me introduce you to the beauty of bird feeders. This craft is one of my boys’ favorites because they can snack on some Cheerios while creating the bird feeders and I love it because it helps them with their fine motor skills. Basically, all you have to do is string some Cheerios onto a pipe cleaner (be sure to tie a knot at one end of the pipe cleaner.) Then bend the cereal covered pipe cleaner into any shape that you want, hang on the tree, and watch the birds enjoy their treats!
You Are My Sunshine Project
Materials: Construction paper, pencil, scissors, glue
Everyone knows the adorable song, and this quick and easy craft truly makes it come alive. Simply trace your child’s hands on alternating yellow and orange paper, cute them out, and arrange them in a circle. Ta da! You have your own personal sunshine on even the cloudiest of days.
Materials: Glass jar or vase, rocks, sand, soil, water, plants, decorative bugs
There is nothing better than having some greenery to bring some light and life into the house. And the easiest way to do that? To build your own terrarium. It is so incredibly easy that anyone can do it. Even better? If you use succulents, they will withstand curious toddlers jabbing at them and busy moms like me who forget to water them. Put down a layer of rocks, topped with a thin layer of sand. Add soil and plant your greenery, topping with additional soil if necessary. Finally, mix in some decorative bugs and a healthy dose of water.
Paint the Rainbow
Materials: Clear plastic cups, water, food dye, paper towels
We especially love this craft because of the science behind it and the vivid colors that can brighten up even the dreariest of days. Take clear plastic cups and fill them with an equal amount of water. Then add 2-3 drops of food coloring to the cups in order of the rainbow. Think ROY G BIV! Red, orange, yellow…you get the point. Once the water is dyed, roll up a paper towel lengthwise, placing one end in the red cup and the other end in the orange cup. Repeat this process with other paper towels, placing one end in the orange cup and the other end in the yellow cup…and so on. You will notice that the paper towel will slowly absorb the colored water and after an hour or two will create its own muted rainbow.
I hope that these crafts have gotten you thinking Spring. If not, be sure to visit one of our local nature centers, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, or simply go on a nature scavenger hunt. Need more inspiration? Then check out our Spring Bucket List!