Ashly has been awarded her Child Development Associate with the CDA Council for preschool aged children and shares some resources.
"Spring Flowers" Is the Theme
Spring is in the air and buds are in bloom. The air is crisp and fresh; the grass is green again. Trees are budding and squirrels are looking for the remains of their buried nuts beneath the trees. It is not time for flip flops and swimsuits yet, but there is still a variety of activities you can do in the springtime with your littles.
If you are looking for some ideas to keep your children entertained (and with less time in front of a screen), you have come to the right place. Check out this list of fun and interactive activities.
4 Springtime Crafts and Activities for Kids
- Make a Flower Tower With Building Blocks
- Sprout Seeds in the Window
- Create Beautiful Coffee Filter Flowers
- Make and Play the Flower Petal Counting Game
Activity 1: Flower Tower With Building Blocks
Encourage problem solving and cognitive skills with your little sprout. Take a handful of building blocks and transform them into 4D flower puzzle. Better yet, make multiples and build a garden. To do this, simply make a flower out of construction paper, cut into sections and tape the sections to the blocks. Your child will have to find the correct order to build the flower back up. You can find flower patterns online or make your own.
How to Make And Assemble Your Flower Tower Blocks
- Green construction paper for the stem and leaves
- Colorful construction paper for the flower, or a premade flower template
- Tape (clear packing tape works best)
- Print up a flower template or make your own with a variety of colored construction paper.
- Cut out your flowers.
- Cut flowers into "puzzle pieces" that will fit on the correspondingly-sized blocks.
- Tape flower and stem pieces to the blocks.
- Encourage your children to build flowers of different shapes and sizes.
- Compare your flowers. Which flowers are taller? Which are shorter? Now you have your own indoor garden!
Activity 2: Sprouting Seeds in the Window
It may not be planting season just yet, but it is certainly sprouting season! An all-time favorite activity no matter the age is sprouting seeds. Watch seeds sprout before your eyes! All you need are these few things.
How to Start Seeds in the Window
- Quart or sandwich-sized Ziplock bags
- Paper towel
- Seeds of choice (beans work great)
- Painter's tape
- Window and sunlight
- Fold up your paper towel so that it will fit neatly into your Ziplock bag.
- Place your seeds of choice in the paper towel nest. If you can, space them out so they have room to grow
- Fold the paper towel over the seeds like a little pocketbook.
- Dampen the paper towel with a few drops of water. Be careful: If you drench the paper towel, then you will end up growing a moldy mess before a sprout.
- Place the dampened seed pocket in the Ziplock.
- Seal the bag and tape to the window. Don’t forget to label your bag so you remember what is growing.
- Watch it change and grow before your eyes over the next few weeks. Encourage your child to make observations and write or draw what they see.
Activity 3: Beautiful Coffee Filter Flowers
Coffee filter flowers are a beautiful and memorable flower craft for you and your little ones. One of the benefits of coffee filter flowers is they will never die! These lovely and delicate flowers will be a beautiful décor addition and a nostalgic piece to cherish for years.
How to Create Coffee Filter Flowers
- Coffee filters
- Food coloring or markers
- Eye dropper
- Spray bottle
- Pipe cleaners or chenille sticks (for the flower stem)
Directions (Option 1):
For the first option, you could use food coloring.
- Fold filter into quarters.
- Add water to your spray bottle and dampen your coffee filter.
- Use the eye dropper to drop color onto the filter and watch it spread.
- Unfold and let dry.
- Twist the bottom of the filter to a point at the bottom and insert a pipe cleaner or chenille stick.
Directions (Option 2):
For a second option, you could use markers.
- Let your child color the coffee filter.
- Spray the coffee filter with water and watch the colors spread and change.
- Let dry and assemble the same as above.
Activity 4: Flower Petal Counting Game
Flowers are fun and in bloom all around during spring. It is hard to resist plucking pretty petals. To bring the fascination into a learning experience, try this flower petal counting game. This activity is great for in the classroom or one-on-one learning practice at home. For this activity you will need these following supplies.
How to Make and Play the Flower Petal Game
- Construction paper
- Flower pot template (or draw one)
- Flower petal template (or draw your own)
- Paper clip
- Spinner template
Directions (Creating and Assembling the Flower):
- Print out flower petals of your choice. This template is for 4-inch petals and this second template is for larger 8-inch petals.
- Cut out a circle for the center of the flower (the stigma).
- Cut out a stem shape.
- Use this cute flower pot template and color it in or leave as-is.
- Laminate the individual pieces (this is optional).
- Assemble the stem, pot and stigma together.
Directions (Creating and Assembling the Spinner):
- To make the spinner, simply print up a free spinner template or create your own. To make this more durable, you can use cardstock or you can laminate.
- Center a paper clip on the brad.
- Poke a hole into the center of the spinner, insert the brad/paper clip and secure into place.
- Optional: Cut out an arrow to tape to the top of the paper clip.
How to Play the Counting Petals Game
- Put your petals into a container to keep them safe. When your children are ready, each player will spin the spinner and identify the number it lands on.
- Next, they remove the corresponding number of petals from the container and place them around the flower. The game is finished when all the petals have been used or the flower is full.
- Count how many petals fit onto the flower.
- Get creative and use different-colored flower petals. Challenge your child to make a pattern arrangement on their flower.
- Have fun!