Easter Egg Suncatchers Craft for Kids

upcycled Easter egg sun catchers craft for kids

For April, Earth Day, and Easter I decided to create upcycled Easter egg suncatchers. All you need is a few items and lots of sun. I love things that sparkle when the sun shines through them. Plus they look cute hanging in your window when the relatives come over for Easter! thin cardboard boxes  gold spray [...]

Upcycled Sunflower Craft

sunflower craft using recycled materials from theclassroomcreative.com

Sunflowers are popular flowers to plant in classroom settings to kick off plant units.  I know my second graders adored planting their sunflower seeds in mini-clay pots.   I thought this sunflower craft idea, using packing peanuts and simple materials, would be a great finishing project for all your plant units!  Reusing or “upcycling” as [...]

Textured Goose Art Project for Kids

free printable textured goose duck art project craft for kids

Spring brings to sight many baby animals. Fuzzy ducklings and ruffled goslings to name a few. These wonderfully textured creatures can come alive in art using a few easy techniques. Today’s textured goose craft is created by using paper. Flat pieces of paper can become three-dimensional simply by cutting, ripping, folding, scrunching or curling the [...]

Caterpillar Paper Plate Craft

caterpillar paper plate craft for kids activity

The life cycle of the butterfly is a very popular insect unit among the primary grades. This caterpillar paper plate inspired craft would complement such a unit. We read my daughter’s favorite spring book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar for inspiration. Bring the life cycle of the butterfly alive by starting with this caterpillar paper plate craft.  I [...]

Chick Paper Plate Craft

chick paper plate craft for kids spring activity

As an art teacher to preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders, I have made my fair share of paper plate crafts. The best part about paper plates is their endless possibilities! Although it’s still below freezing outside, I thought I could will spring’s return with a chick paper plate craft. It also gave me the opportunity [...]

Easter Egg Math Center: Coin Recognition and Money Counting

Money coin recognition coin counting activity for Easter with plastic eggs

Learning how to recognize coins and count money are tough concepts for children to grasp. Children learn best with hands-on activities.  We also think using real money, as opposed to play money, gives this math activity more authenticity. Today’s activity is an Easter egg hunt that could be used an a math center for spring in [...]

Patterned Caterpillar Craft for Kids

preschool kindergartn math AABB  AAB ABB ABAB ABCD patterns caterpillar craft for kids

This caterpillar craft for kids teaches a necessary math concept: patterns! Patterns are all around us. The idea here is to teach our children to identify and create patterns. Patterning is a basic math skill that needs to be mastered early. Our caterpillar craft follows the ABCD pattern. Now that my son is familiar with AABB, AAB, [...]

Free Printable Bunny Mask & Paper Plate Craft

free printable bunny mask craft

Need a quick kids’ craft for spring? How about this adorable and FREE printable bunny mask?  This spring paper plate craft combines some fine motor work with pretend play. In a world of common core stress, it’s high time we put some much needed creative fun back in childhood.  After all, a child’s work is [...]

Ladybug Counting Hat Craft

ladybug hat craft from theclassroomcreative.com

The best time of year to observe insects is in the spring. After a long hibernation, they are hungry little buggers. They come out immediately when it turns warm to find food. Currently, my son and I are studying ladybugs. We are hoping to see a few in our yard soon. While we were waiting, [...]

Spring Literacy Bulletin Board

spring word wall literacy center station

This morning, I noticed my plants sprouting through the snow. I can hardly wait for spring to arrive! To gear up for it, I created a raining spring word wall complete with 37 different raining spring words. This would make a great interactive bulletin board display or literacy station. Simply add velcro to the back of the word [...]

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