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February 29, 2016

3 Cute, Quick Crafts for Spring

By Lindsey Petlak
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    My son’s preschool teacher, Ms. Sandra, leads her students in creating the cutest crafts. I love walking in and seeing what the kiddos have made, each creation a little different, and enjoy hearing how she ties the craft to their curriculum.

    Sometimes I find myself wishing I still taught a younger grade so that I could do similar crafts with my students. This week I had the revelation that I can do these with my fourth graders! The crafts are so quick and simple that they won’t take much instruction time and they can easily be tied to academics. The skills utilized in following directions for even simple crafts are important for all ages. Keep reading to learn about quick crafts you can implement TOMORROW, regardless of what grade you teach!

     

    HIBERNATION CUP:

    My son’s teacher had them make these adorable Groundhog Day cups. While we don’t do much to celebrate Groundhog Day in fourth grade, these tie in perfectly with our unit on animal adaptations, including hibernation.  I’m going to adapt her original idea with the groundhog, but substitute a variety of different animals that hibernate that students can interchange and make come out of their sleeping “cups” to complete this craft. Then, my kids will research the hibernation details of that animal and write a science report!

    MATERIALS:

    • Styrofoam cups

    • Brown, gray, and green tempera paint

    • Paintbrushes

    • Large popsicle sticks/tongue depressors

    • Glue or glue dots

    • Scissors

    • Printable images of hibernating animals (could be cut out of magazines, printed from images online, coloring images of animals, hand-drawn, etc.)

    • Crayons or markers (if printing blank animal images)

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    NOTE: You may want to pre-teach hibernation and animal adaptation before beginning craft.

    1. TEACHER: Pre-cut hole in bottom of cups to fit width of wide tongue depressor.

    2. Give students materials needed.

    3. Students research and select animal(s) to use inside of their hibernation cup. Print, color, cut (whatever needs to be done for type of animal image you use).

    4. Put student name on bottom of cup.

    5. Depending on which animal(s) each student chooses, paint the OUTSIDE of the Styrofoam cup either brown, gray, or green, coordinating with the type of sleeping lair matches their animal of choice.  Set aside to dry.

    6. Students attach individual animal images to the end of wide popsicle sticks using glue or glue dots. Write student initials on stick.

    7. When cups are dry, students may thread the completed stick (plain end) through the hole in the bottom of the cup.

    8. If students chose more than one creature, they may interchange different sticks to demonstrate sleeping and waking from hibernation.

    9. Clean up mess and display creations.

     


    CUPCAKE WRAPPER UMBRELLAS:

    I am obsessed with these little gems and my plan for making this craft applicable to fourth grade is to have students start by creating the umbrella visual  and then writing poetry about rain to celebrate National Poetry Month in April.

    MATERIALS:

    • Assorted cupcake wrappers/liners

    • Assorted colors of pipe cleaners

    • White construction paper

    • Blue tempera paint or blue BINGO dot markers

    • Paintbrushes

    • Scissors

    • Glue

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    NOTE: You may want to pre-teach spring weather and/or poetry basics to set the scene for this activity.

    1. Give students materials needed.

    2. Fold 2-3 cupcake liners in half.

    3. Arrange on white construction paper.

    4. Glue back half of the liners to the paper.

    5. Cut pipe cleaners in half (or smaller, if needed).

    6. Curl the bottom end of the pipe cleaner to form the handle (J) of the umbrella.

    7. Since only the back half of the liner is glued to the construction paper, you can open up the umbrella (wrapper/liner) and glue the top of the handle (pipe cleaner) inside.

    8. Secure bottom of the pipe cleaner handle to the construction paper by applying glue underneath.

    9. You may choose to then glue down the top half of the umbrella (wrapper/liner) or leave it unglued.

    10. Using blue paint and paintbrush or blue BINGO dot markers, make raindrops falling all around the umbrellas.

    11. Clean up any mess and display the beautiful finished products!

     


     

    FLYING SAUCER:

    My son’s class created these while learning about space and the letter, S. I think I’m going to put a different spin on this activity by tying it to writing. These saucer creations are perfect visuals to accompany Mother’s Day or end-of-year student compliments and awards using the theme, “You’re Out of This World” for either.

    MATERIALS:

    • Colored Styrofoam or plastic bowls

    • Plastic gems, sequins, glitter

    • Craft wiggly eyes

    • Medium to large craft pom-poms in assorted colors

    • Glue or glue dots

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Pass out all needed supplies.

    2. Students decorate colored plastic or Styrofoam bowl with sequins, glitter, gems, etc. using small craft glue dots or regular glue.

    3. Attach eyeballs (1, 2, 3, or more — have fun!) to pom-pom using glue or glue dots.

    4. You may make the saucers be only one bowl with open side facing down, or you could decorate a second bowl and staple together by placing open sides of bowl together and then gluing or stapling around the lip edge of the two bowls.

    5. Place the alien pom-pom creature on top and leave loose or secure with glue or glue dot.

    6. Clean up mess and display the creations!

     


    I hope you enjoyed reading about how cute and quick these spring crafts can be! When I find something that can be fun and applicable across ages Pre-K through upper elementary school, I know it's a winner. I can't wait to create these goodies as fun inspiration and illustrations for academic activities I have planned for my class for spring!  Need MORE spring-spiration? Check out all of Scholastic's amazing resources at your fingertips for crafts, printables, books, and more!


    My son’s preschool teacher, Ms. Sandra, leads her students in creating the cutest crafts. I love walking in and seeing what the kiddos have made, each creation a little different, and enjoy hearing how she ties the craft to their curriculum.

    Sometimes I find myself wishing I still taught a younger grade so that I could do similar crafts with my students. This week I had the revelation that I can do these with my fourth graders! The crafts are so quick and simple that they won’t take much instruction time and they can easily be tied to academics. The skills utilized in following directions for even simple crafts are important for all ages. Keep reading to learn about quick crafts you can implement TOMORROW, regardless of what grade you teach!

     

    HIBERNATION CUP:

    My son’s teacher had them make these adorable Groundhog Day cups. While we don’t do much to celebrate Groundhog Day in fourth grade, these tie in perfectly with our unit on animal adaptations, including hibernation.  I’m going to adapt her original idea with the groundhog, but substitute a variety of different animals that hibernate that students can interchange and make come out of their sleeping “cups” to complete this craft. Then, my kids will research the hibernation details of that animal and write a science report!

    MATERIALS:

    • Styrofoam cups

    • Brown, gray, and green tempera paint

    • Paintbrushes

    • Large popsicle sticks/tongue depressors

    • Glue or glue dots

    • Scissors

    • Printable images of hibernating animals (could be cut out of magazines, printed from images online, coloring images of animals, hand-drawn, etc.)

    • Crayons or markers (if printing blank animal images)

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    NOTE: You may want to pre-teach hibernation and animal adaptation before beginning craft.

    1. TEACHER: Pre-cut hole in bottom of cups to fit width of wide tongue depressor.

    2. Give students materials needed.

    3. Students research and select animal(s) to use inside of their hibernation cup. Print, color, cut (whatever needs to be done for type of animal image you use).

    4. Put student name on bottom of cup.

    5. Depending on which animal(s) each student chooses, paint the OUTSIDE of the Styrofoam cup either brown, gray, or green, coordinating with the type of sleeping lair matches their animal of choice.  Set aside to dry.

    6. Students attach individual animal images to the end of wide popsicle sticks using glue or glue dots. Write student initials on stick.

    7. When cups are dry, students may thread the completed stick (plain end) through the hole in the bottom of the cup.

    8. If students chose more than one creature, they may interchange different sticks to demonstrate sleeping and waking from hibernation.

    9. Clean up mess and display creations.

     


    CUPCAKE WRAPPER UMBRELLAS:

    I am obsessed with these little gems and my plan for making this craft applicable to fourth grade is to have students start by creating the umbrella visual  and then writing poetry about rain to celebrate National Poetry Month in April.

    MATERIALS:

    • Assorted cupcake wrappers/liners

    • Assorted colors of pipe cleaners

    • White construction paper

    • Blue tempera paint or blue BINGO dot markers

    • Paintbrushes

    • Scissors

    • Glue

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    NOTE: You may want to pre-teach spring weather and/or poetry basics to set the scene for this activity.

    1. Give students materials needed.

    2. Fold 2-3 cupcake liners in half.

    3. Arrange on white construction paper.

    4. Glue back half of the liners to the paper.

    5. Cut pipe cleaners in half (or smaller, if needed).

    6. Curl the bottom end of the pipe cleaner to form the handle (J) of the umbrella.

    7. Since only the back half of the liner is glued to the construction paper, you can open up the umbrella (wrapper/liner) and glue the top of the handle (pipe cleaner) inside.

    8. Secure bottom of the pipe cleaner handle to the construction paper by applying glue underneath.

    9. You may choose to then glue down the top half of the umbrella (wrapper/liner) or leave it unglued.

    10. Using blue paint and paintbrush or blue BINGO dot markers, make raindrops falling all around the umbrellas.

    11. Clean up any mess and display the beautiful finished products!

     


     

    FLYING SAUCER:

    My son’s class created these while learning about space and the letter, S. I think I’m going to put a different spin on this activity by tying it to writing. These saucer creations are perfect visuals to accompany Mother’s Day or end-of-year student compliments and awards using the theme, “You’re Out of This World” for either.

    MATERIALS:

    • Colored Styrofoam or plastic bowls

    • Plastic gems, sequins, glitter

    • Craft wiggly eyes

    • Medium to large craft pom-poms in assorted colors

    • Glue or glue dots

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Pass out all needed supplies.

    2. Students decorate colored plastic or Styrofoam bowl with sequins, glitter, gems, etc. using small craft glue dots or regular glue.

    3. Attach eyeballs (1, 2, 3, or more — have fun!) to pom-pom using glue or glue dots.

    4. You may make the saucers be only one bowl with open side facing down, or you could decorate a second bowl and staple together by placing open sides of bowl together and then gluing or stapling around the lip edge of the two bowls.

    5. Place the alien pom-pom creature on top and leave loose or secure with glue or glue dot.

    6. Clean up mess and display the creations!

     


    I hope you enjoyed reading about how cute and quick these spring crafts can be! When I find something that can be fun and applicable across ages Pre-K through upper elementary school, I know it's a winner. I can't wait to create these goodies as fun inspiration and illustrations for academic activities I have planned for my class for spring!  Need MORE spring-spiration? Check out all of Scholastic's amazing resources at your fingertips for crafts, printables, books, and more!


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