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Spring Crafts/Cooking


Candy Clay

You Will Need:

1 pound of powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup margarine (softened)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
5-7 drops food coloring

What to Do:

• Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until blended (add more powdered sugar if too sticky)
• make animals etc.. YES you can eat it! Yummy!


Here Comes Peter Cottontail....

What you need:
• 2 paper plates per child
• pink paint
• hole puncher
• yarn
• pink pom poms

What to do:
~ paint the center of one plate pink, allow to  dry and cut in half (for ears)
~ cut two circles out for eyes on the 2nd plate and a triangle from the bottom (see picture above)
~ punch a hole on each side of the mask and insert yarn for tie

Bunny Hop (put on the masks and have fun)

Hop Little Bunnies, Hop,Hop. Hop
Hop Little Bunnies, Hop, Hop, Hop
Hop Little Bunnies, Hop, Hop, Hop
Hop Little bunnies, and STOP!

Hand Tree (simple)
•Brown & Green Crayons
•Large white paper

~Have child put their forearm/hand down on the paper and trace (this will be the trunk/branches)
~Have child color the branches brown then add green to create the leaves.

Seed Collage (goes along with our plant theme)
• Many different kinds of seeds, small and large
•construction paper

~Have the children form a collage/picture using the seeds. They can first draw a picture then outline with seeds or simply create a picture using the seeds.
~Discuss the different seeds

Apple Blossom Tree
•trace child's arm and hand for tree trunk/have them color brown
•crumple up small squares of pink/green tissue paper for leaves and blossoms

Flower Collage
•Magazines (garden magazines work great, ask parents to donate magazines)
•Glue sticks
•any colored construction paper

~Have children cut out pictures of flowers and glue them onto construction paper to form a collage.

•Large paper plates
•yellow paint
•green construction paper
•sunflower seeds

~paint the paper plate yellow
~glue sunflower seeds to the center
~cut out stem and glue to flower

Hand Tulip
Red,yellow and green paint
•construction paper

~paint hand in yellow or red paint. Holding fingers together press hand down on the paper (fingers should NOT be spread open)
~Paint side of hand green and press down on paper for stem.

Filter Flowers

You will need:
• 3 cone shaped coffee filters per child
• 10-12 drops food coloring
• 1/4 cup water
• green pipe cleaner

What to do:

~ Mix water and food coloring in a small bowl. Repeat with several different colors.
~ Fold each of the coffee filters into fourths
~ Dip each edge and corner of the filters in a different color
~ unfold the filters and set them on a paper towel to dry
~ place the 3 filters inside of each other
~ grab the bottom point of the filters and twist the top 3 inches of the pipe cleaner around the point. Pull the rest of the pipe cleaner down to form a stem.

hint: make a butterfly by clipping the points of two colored coffee filters in the middle of a clothes pin. Add googly eyes and black pipe cleaners for the antennas.

Lion and Lamb Masks

What you need:

• Paper Plate (1 per child)
• yellow and brown yarn
• yellow and brown paper
• large craft sticks
• glue

What to do:

~ Cut out the center of the plate
~ glue strips of yellow and brown yarn onto the plate (for mane)
~ Cut out ears (see above picture) using brown construction paper for the outside of the ear and yellow for the inside.
~ glue ears to the top
~ attach craft stick to bottom (masking tape works best) for "handle"


What you need:

• paper plates (one for each child)
• cotton balls
• glue
• large craft sticks
pink and white construction paper

What to do:

~ cut out the center of the paper plate
~ pull apart cotton balls and glue to the plate to make the wool
~ make the ears from white and pink construction paper (see picture above)
~ glue ears to the mask
~ attach craft stick with masking tape

Cheerio Art

To make these spring pictures I draw pictures of Flowers, Easter Eggs, Bunnies, etc on large paper. The children glue cheerios on the outline already drawn (great practice using their eye hand coordination skills) after they dry the children paint their masterpieces and we hang them all around the room! They come out beautiful.

Mother's Day

Mother's Day Card

What you will need:

• white construction paper
• red, pink or yellow paint
• poem (see below)
• green markers or crayons

What to do:

~ Fold construction paper in half and paint child's hand the color of their choice. Keeping the fingers together press down onto the front of the card to form a "tulip"
~ use green markers or crayons to make stem
~ Glue poem into the middle of the card (type up ahead of time).

Sometimes you get discouraged,
Because I am so small
And always leave my fingerprints
on furniture and walls.
But everyday I'm growing,
I'll be all grown up some day,
And all these tiny handprints,
will simply fade away.
So here's a final handprint
just so you can recall,
Exactly how my fingers looked,
When I was very small.

Feet Butterfly

Trace child's foot onto paper to make the wings. Draw body in between the feet, color and add antennae's.

Butterfly Blot
Fold a piece of construction paper in half, open and drop bright colors of paint onto 1/2 of the paper. Close the paper and press down, smoothing out the paint. Open paper and add head and antennae (optional) hint: use black paint to make a bug

Use honeycomb cereal to make the inside of a beehive. Draw bees.