It’s May! The flowers and trees are blooming. The grass is turning green. There is so much to explore with your preschooler… don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers!

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This month’s issue of Craft your Kids Smart contains crafts and activities all about things that grow… flowers, trees, and plants. Many of these crafts, activities, and printables are only available to Craft Your Kids Smart subscribers.

As always, there are tons more Spring Activities and Crafts on the site.

Enjoy!



Handprint Flower
Moms and grandmas will love this craft. Include the finished product on a card or in a frame for the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Supplies

  • Paper
  • Washable paint
  • Markers or crayons

Directions

  1. Use a paper plate to dip or paintbrush to paint your child’s hand in paint
  2. Press your child’s hand onto the paper to create the top of the flower
  3. Allow to dry
  4. Have you child draw (or draw for younger kids) the stem, leaves, and any other details
  5. OPTIONAL: include a poem…
    I used my hand and fingers too
    To make this flower just for you.
    It doesn't smell, it doesn't grow.
    It's from me to let you know;
    Love you Mommy?
    Love you not?
    Love you, Mommy!
    Love you a lot!

Pussy Willow Branches
This craft looks great in a vase! Gluing and placing the cotton balls takes a lot of concentration!What is learned/ practiced: concentration, fine motor skills, nature exploration.

Supplies

  • Dry stick or branch (go on a “hunt” for one in your yard or neighborhood)
  • Cotton balls
  • School glue (like Elmers)

Directions

  1. Tear several cotton balls into very tiny pieces
  2. Show your child how to roll the pieces between her fingers to get a compact ball (this works all those muscles needed to learn to write!)
  3. Squeeze small dots of glue on the branch and place the cotton balls on them Your child can do this… give her a paper plate and Q-tip to place the glue if you’re worried about too much of a mess : )
  4. Allow to dry. Place several branches in a vase or container.
  5. OPTION: use colored tissue paper instead of cotton balls to create a flowering branch

Grass Person
One of the most difficult aspects of gardening with kids is explaining that plants don’t grow instantly. It’s a great way to teach the important lesson of delayed gratification. However, grass seeds do grow quickly so your preschooler won’t have to wait too long. This science and gardening experiment also makes a fun gift for Mother’s or Father’s Day!

Supplies
  • Plastic cup or container (old PlayDoh containers work perfectly)
  • Piece of paper cut to the size of the container
  • Markers or crayons
  • Tape
  • Potting soil (dirt from your yard works too)
  • Grass seeds
  • Small shovel or spoon
Directions
  1. Have your child draw a face in the center of the paper
  2. Scoop soil into the container, sprinkle grass seeds and press them into the soil (most preschoolers and toddlers will LOVE to do this!)
  3. Water
  4. Tape paper around container
  5. Place near a window, water as needed, and watch for the “hair” to grow!

Flower Arranging
If your preschooler is like mine, you receive bunches of dandelions daily. Help your child create a flower arrangement that you REALLY want to display : ) Your child will learn a little physics along the way… long flowers tip or fall out of the vase, shorter flowers don’t… let him experiment!

  • Spring flowers (if you don’t have them growing in your yard, you can buy a bunch at the store)
  • Vase
  • Child safety scissors
  • Water

Directions

  1. Help your child find a patch of flowers outside that are okay to cut
  2. Once your preschooler has his bunch of flowers, set him up with a measuring cup of water, a vase, and his safety scissors
  3. Your preschooler can fill the vase, cut the ends off of his flowers, and arrange them in his vase
  4. Display them prominently!


Flower Song
Teach your toddler or preschooler about what flowers need to grow with this cute little flower rhyme. Feel free to do motions… “dig”, “pull” weeds, “pour” water…

I dig a little hole,
I plant a little seed.
I pour a little water,
I pull a little weed.
I spread a little sunshine,
I use my eyes to see.
Soon I have a flower,
As pretty as can be!


Spring Scavenger Hunt
Enjoy a walk with your preschooler and hunt for the signs of spring. Use the Preschool Learning and Crafts Spring Scavenger Hunt PDF or create your own. Take along crayons and have your preschooler draw pictures of the items she finds or take a bag and collect them. Have fun!




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