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Classroom Activities & Spring Craft Projects

Janelle Cox

 

It has been a long and cold winter this year, and it’s safe to say that everyone is ready for the spring. There is nothing better than blooming flowers, chirping birds, and warm weather! Celebrate this long-awaited season with your students by creating simple and fun craft projects and classroom activities. Here are a few fun classroom activities and ideas.

Classroom Activities: Rain Sticks

Grade Level: K-1

Materials: Cardboard tube (wrapping paper roll or a paper towel roll), aluminum foil, tacks, colored tissue paper, filler (anything that you want like corn kernels, rice, beads), and watered-down glue.

Source: Happy Hooligans

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Traditionally, a rain stick is an instrument that is used to invoke the rain spirits. This simple spring craft can be used to call upon the rain spirits and get rid of all of this snow! Here’s how to make it.

  1. Push your tacks into the cardboard roll.
  2. Next, roll aluminum foil over your cardboard roll making sure to plug on end of the roll.
  3. Fill the roll full of whatever filler you choose and don’t forget to plug the roll like you did in step two.
  4. Brush the watered-down glue all over the cardboard roll with a paint brush and place the colored tissue paper onto the roll.
  5. Once it is dry, students can call upon the rain gods and shake it until their heart is content.

Tissue Paper Flowers

Grade: K-5

Materials: Glue, colored tissue paper cut into squares, construction paper, scissors.

Source: Buggy and Buddy

Flower crafts are a staple when it comes to springtime art projects. These textured tissue paper flowers among the easiest to make and don’t take a lot of skill or time. Here’s how to make it.

  1. Start by crumpling tissue paper into a ball.
  2. Next, glue about four balls onto the paper.
  3. Add glue around the first set of balls so you can continue to add more tissue paper balls where you placed the glue.
  4. Continue to do step three until you are happy with the size of your flower.
  5. Cut a long strip of green constriction paper for the stem, and use the same paper for the leaves.
  6. Let it dry and then you have yourself a pretty spring flower.

Spring Words Flower

Grade: K-5

Materials: Styrofoam ball (can be purchased at any craft store or the Dollar Store), white cardstock paper, marker, spring spelling word list, yellow paint, green paint, paint brush, plastic craft stick, glue.

A fun way to reinforce spelling and/or vocabulary words is to create a delightful spring flower. Here’s how to make it.

  1. To begin, have the students paint the Styrofoam ball yellow and the craft stick green. Then put them aside to dry.
  2. Next, have students draw and cut out twenty white petals from the cardstock paper. They can cut out extra if they want to add green leaves to the stem.
  3. Take a knife and cut a line around each students’ ball.
  4. Next, have students stick the craft stick into the Styrofoam ball.
  5. Then, students are to write their spring words on each of the white petals.
  6. Ask students to then stick each petal into the ball.
  7. You can make a game out of this craft by pairing students together and having them define each word that’s on the petal.

Candy Bird’s Nest

Grade: K-5

Materials: Chow mien noodles, chocolate chips, jelly beans, and candy-coated chocolate eggs, marshmallow chicks, peanut butter, wax paper, paper plates, access to a microwave or stove.

Source: Fave Crafts

Tip: This craft is best when students are in small groups. It’s a good idea to do this craft while in rotating learning centers so you can help each student if needed.

What’s better than creating a craft that you can eat? These yummy edible birds’ nests are the perfect spring craft for students of all ages! Here’s how to make them.

  1. Give each students a square of wax paper and a paper plate.
  2. Next, have students put chow mien noodles in a large bowl.
  3. Place the chocolate chips in the microwave or on the stove to melt.
  4. Have students pour the melted chocolate over the noodles and mold into a bird’s nest.
  5. Next, have students use the peanut butter as an adhesive to glue down the candy. If students are allergic then you can use almond butter.
  6. Make sure to take a picture of each student’s masterpiece before you let them dig in and eat it.

Spring Egg

Grade: 3-5

Materials: Colored chalk (Pastels), black construction paper, glue, hair spray, pencil.

When you think of spring, Easter usually comes to mind. Here is an egg-cellent craft idea for students in grades 3-5.

  1. Give each student a piece of black construction paper with an egg already outlined on it.
  2. Next, have students draw patterns on their eggs with their pencils, any kind of lines are fine; straight, squiggly, etc.
  3. Then, instruct students to draw glue lines over the pencil lines and let dry until the following day.
  4. The next day, when the glue has dried clear, instruct students to use their chalk to fill in between the dried glue lines.
  5. Once students are finished, have them spray their eggs with hairspray so it will set.
  6. The next day, have students mount their eggs on colorful construction paper and hang up for all to see.

Do you have any spring crafts that you would like to share? Feel free to do so in the comment section below we would love to hear your ideas!

Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a master's of science in education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the elementary education expert for About.com, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators, or visit her website at Empoweringk6educators.