SPRING NATURE CRAFTS FOR KIDS
After months of being cooped up in the house, it’s time for your kids to break free and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors once again! Let the charm of nature inspire your little ones through one of the most fun and exciting pastimes – arts and crafts! Art is such a great way to get your kids to truly appreciate the blooming flowers and towering trees. With these activities, they can use the beautiful surroundings as inspiration for their own creations. Here are five simple and fun spring inspired arts and crafts projects to do with your kids!
Flower Pot Decorating:
This is one of our favorite crafts because it is fairly inexpensive, brightens up your home, and the opportunities for creativity are endless!
To get this nature crafts for kids project started, you are going to need:
- One Terracotta flower pot for each artist
- Markers or pencils for outlining artwork
- A variety of colorful acrylic paint
- A paintbrush for each child
- A paper plate or a palette for the paint
If you would like to add your own touches to this project, you could also glue on some buttons, ribbons, or flowers – be sure to have fun with it, there is no wrong way to decorate your pot and make it your own!
Recycled Bird Feeders:
Think twice before tossing out that plastic bottle, it can possibly be your family’s next arts and crafts project! Making recycled bird feeders out of empty bottles is a great way to have fun with your kids while also doing something great for nature.
Although there are endless ways to make this project, we recommend using these supplies:
- One empty and clean five-liter plastic soda bottle
- Twine or yarn
- A variety of colored acrylic paints
- A paper plate or palette for paint
To prep this project for your kids, first take the scissors and cut a door in the upper middle portion of the soda bottle – high enough so that the food won’t fall out and large enough for a bird to land on. From there, use the scissors to form a hole in the cap, which you will later feed the twine or yarn through for hanging once complete.
After finishing these steps, it’s time to decorate! Have your little artists use the paints and brushes to work together and make the bottle their own spring-inspired feeder. Once dry and complete, add in some bird food and hang it up outside!
Colorful Wind Chime:
This craft perfectly encompasses the colors of spring, and adds a nice touch wherever it’s displayed! This project may take a little longer than the others on the list, as it involves food coloring and overnight drying – so if you’re looking for an overnight weekend art project for your kids, this is the one for you!
For this project, you’ll need:
- Paper plates
- Hole puncher
- A bag of dried penne pasta
- Food coloring
- Ziploc bags
- Markers or paint
- Rubbing alcohol
To begin making your colorful wind chime, it’s best to start with dying your pasta. To do this, take a Ziploc bag and a ½ cup of your dried penne pasta with a couple drops of food coloring and a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol. Shake the bag until all of the pasta is completely covered in food coloring, and lay it out on a baking sheet overnight to dry. Repeat this step with all of the colors you’d like to use.
After laying them out to dry, you can start making the top portion of the chime. To do this, cut the paper plate directly in half and use the hole puncher to cut approximately seven holes along the cut portion of the plate, as well as one in the direct center of the rounded side for hanging. After making all of the holes, have your artists use the markers or paint to cover both sides of the plate with any spring-inspired pictures or colors – the more creative, the better!
After the pasta is completely dry, it’s time to thread them together! Start this step by tying a piece of yarn to each of the seven holes at the bottom of the plate, in which you will add the pasta. After your child adds the colorful pasta to the piece of yarn, help them knot it at the end to ensure it won’t fall off. Do this to all seven pieces of yarn and viola! Your children have a beautiful wind chime to hang outdoors!
Handprint Cherry Blossom Tree:
With beautiful flowers beginning to blossom all around us, we knew we had to include this simple and fun project to the list! This nature craft for kids is simple enough that even your youngest can easily participate. However, it can get a little messy – so be sure to have some wet wipes handy!
To make a beautiful Cherry Blossom Tree, you’ll need:
- Blue and brown cardstock
- A variety of pink and white shades of paint
- A paper plate or palette for paint
- Marker or pencil
- Q-tips, brushes, or even fingers will do!
To begin, take the brown piece of cardstock and have your child lay their hand as high on the paper as possible, with their fingers a couple inches from the top. Make sure their hand is flat with their fingers spread apart for best results! Next, have them carefully trace the outline of their hand and down both sides of their arm, until they reach the bottom of the paper. From there, take the scissors and cut the hand out of the cardstock for them, leaving you with what will be used as the trunk and branches of your cherry blossom tree.
Next, have your child glue their hand cutout to the piece of blue cardstock and let it dry. Now that your artist has the trunk done, it’s time to break out the paint! Whether you decide to use a brush, Q-tips, or their fingers, add pink and white paint to each of the branches, covering the tree with beautiful cherry blossom leaves – and it’s done! Don’t forget to hang this beautiful painting up to add a touch of spring in your home!
Cute Spring Pinwheels:
Spring brings some amazing weather – a bright sun shining down and a subtle wind to compliment it! This last project is a great way to use the wind to bring the craft alive so your children can enjoy it every time a breeze passes!
For this fun project, you’ll need:
- A square sheet of cardstock paper
- Colorful markers
- Pencil with eraser
To begin making the pinwheel, have your child decorate both sides of the paper with all different kinds of spring time designs – the more colorful, the better! From there, take the scissors and cut a straight line toward the middle of the paper from all four corners, stopping about two inches from the center on each. Once you have the paper cut, gently bend (don’t fold) each of the corners into the middle of the paper and hold it. Once all four corners are folded inwards, carefully put the pin through the paper into the eraser of the pencil. After the pin is secure, you’re finished! Take your project outside and watch the wind do the work!