4 Spring Science Crafts
Grow adorable grass friends, create terrarium worlds, make galaxy putty, and become an amateur geologist.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
How to Grow a Friendly Face
Instead of growing grass or seeds in a Styrofoam cup this spring, invite students to create their own stuffed friends — and observe as each begins to sport a signature spiky green hair 'do.
- Start by gluing or sewing a button face onto half of a large square of burlap fabric. Turn the square inside out and push down into a cup, letting the material fold out in preparation for filling.
- Sprinkle in grass seed and fill the fabric with potting soil. Carefully lift the burlap out of the cup and tie it shut with a twist tie or rubber band. Help students ensure that the ends are securely fastened.
- Have students place their friends in a large, rectangular box or container and water the "heads" frequently, keeping them moist. Soon, they will see bright green mohawks start to grow!
Plant a Terrarium
Students can learn about habitats and the water cycle by turning old glass jars and containers into mini-gardens. Begin by placing a layer of stones in the bottom of the container. Fill halfway with soil, then add an arrangement of plants. Layer with more soil, and add moss and plant or animal figurines.
What They Learn: Ecosystems, animal habitats, the water cycle, food chains
Make Your Own Galaxy Putty
Mixing up a batch of glittery dough is a fun project for the end of an astronomy unit, or for a discussion of the properties of matter and how those change when sub-stances come together. Combine one cup flour, a half-cup salt, two tablespoons cream of tartar, one cup water, and food coloring. Warm the mixture over medium heat until it forms a doughy ball. Knead in glitter when cool.
What They Learn: Properties of matter, chemical reactions
Create a Rock Display
Bring real-world relevance to geology by inviting students to curate their own rock collections. First, gather different kinds of rocks from outdoors. Use the library and Internet to research their names and types. Attach the rocks to the inside of a box lid with glue and then label them.
What They Learn: Geology, geography, ecosystems