With springtime coming quickly, little hands may be itching to get their hands dirty. Instead of letting them make mud pies in the yard, why not use these five spring time crafts for little hands instead? Not only will you be able to control some of the mess, theyíll have a pretty craft to be proud of as well.
Springtime banners are a great craft for little hands. Purchase 12 inch by 12 inch felt in springtime colors, cut in half. You will also need glue, scissors, yarn, scrap pieces of felt, and other accessories. Leave the banner as a rectangle or trim one end to create a point – the choice is theirs.
Cut a 12 inch piece of yarn and tie a knot in it. Place that at the square end of the fabric. Fold the felt over the yarn and glue it down. When dried, turn it over and glue scraps of felt or other accessories to the front of the banner. Let them make flowers, butterflies, or whatever else their little hands can produce.
This is an easy craft for your child. Gather live flowers or buy artificial ones to do this craft. Get construction paper, gather your flowers, and squirt some finger paint on a paper plate. Let them dip the flowers in the paint and then place them to create pictures on the paper. Use markers or paper to create stems.
Children love to watch the wind blow. If they make a windsock out of toilet paper rolls, theyíll enjoy it even more. Let them paint an empty toilet paper roll or cover it with paper. When itís dry, they can decorate it with markers, stickers, sequins, glitter, or whatever they want. Punch four or five holes in one end of the roll and then put either yarn, streamers, or ribbon through the holes and tie them off. On the other end, punch two holes opposite each other and thread a long piece of yarn and tie it off to create how the windsock hangs.
One activity that little hands enjoy is cutting paper up. In fact, you may find tiny pieces of paper all over your home if your child gets their hands on a pair of scissors. Why not take that love of cutting and put it to good use?
Get some colorful paper that your child can cut up. They can also use tissue paper, color cellophane, or shiny wrapping paper. Put some of the scraps into a plastic sandwich bag, but donít overfill it. Gather the bag in the middle and fold a pipe cleaner in half and twist it. This is the body of your butterfly. Twist the ends to create antenna.
If your child still insists that they want to make mud pies, let them. Have them draw a face on a Styrofoam cup or decorate it in some other way. Add small rocks and then let them put potting soil into the cup. Sprinkle grass seeds onto the soil and cover it with another small amount of soil. Let them water their person and then place it in a sunny window. When the grass grows it looks like the person has green hair.
Children with little hands love to get them dirty, either by playing in the dirt or making messy crafts. These five springtime crafts for little hands will allow them to get dirty and yet have a lot of fun in the process.