Spring!

Spring is just around the corner! With that comes up and down temperatures with usually a fair amount of rain in the forecast. Need something to do on those rainy spring days? These crafts will help you get ready for spring festivities and curb the rainy day blues.

Cotton Ball Sheep

I love artwork that incorporates little footprints, and my daughters love dipping their feet in paint. It’s a win-win.

What you’ll need:Cotton Ball Lamb

  • Construction paper or cardstock
  • Paint
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Popsicle sticks, cut in half

Directions:

  1. Cover your work surface with a cover to keep paint off the floor. Painting tarp, cardboard, or old newspaper works nicely. Pour paint in a container big enough for a foot. Dip child’s foot in paint and then press on paper. Make sure footprint is on the side of the paper to allow for the body of the sheep. If you have enough space (and trust your children), let them stamp their painted feet over the floor covering. Fun!
  2. Let child glue cotton balls on the paper in shape of a sheep.
  3. Glue googly eyes to sheep’s head and Popsicle sticks to sheep’s body.
  4. Draw a tail and let creation dry.
Riley's Cotton Ball Sheep

Riley’s Cotton Ball Sheep

Nurture the Experience:

This project is so much fun it will make you want to sing! Okay, that may be a little dramatic but adding song while you create adds another level of engagement to this craft. Singing is an essential piece of early literacy and aids in language development. The rhythm of the song helps children hear the different sounds incorporated in each word and makes the syllables clearer. Have a child struggling with language development? Clap along with the song to emphasize the syllables. This breaks the word down for the child and allows him or her more time to process the sounds.

Singing as a group is also proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and create a positive feeling. Check out this Times article.

 Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb,
little lamb, little lamb.
Mary had a little lamb,
its fleece was white as snow.

And everywhere that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went,
and everywhere that Mary went,
the lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day,
school one day, school one day.
It followed her to school one day,
which was against the rules.

It made the children laugh and play,
laugh and play, laugh and play.
It made the children laugh and play,
to see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out,
turned it out, turned it out.
And so the teacher turned it out,
but still it lingered near.

And waited patiently about,
patiently about, patiently about.
And waited patiently about,
till Mary did appear.

“Why does the lamb love Mary so?”
Love Mary so? Love Mary so?
“Why does the lamb love Mary so,”
the eager children cry.

“Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know.”
The lamb, you know, the lamb, you know,
“Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know,”
the teacher did reply.

 

Glass Jar Ducks

These little guys can be a fun centerpiece for your spring table or a spring decoration for your child’s room.

What You’ll Need:

Jelly Bean DucksGlass jars (I used baby food jars)

Paint

Paint brush

Felt

Mod Podge

Googly eyes

Hot-glue gun

Scissors

Directions:

1) Paint jars desired color. You don’t have to make ducks. They could be white chicks, bunnies, etc. Set aside and let dry.

2) Cut beak and feet from felt.

3) When jars are completely dry, add a coat of Mod Podge to act as a sealant. Note: You may need to apply more than one coat of paint. Have an impatient toddler? Try using a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.

4) Use the hot-glue gun to attach feet to the bottom of the jar and beak to the center of the jar.

5) Attach googly eyes.