Fun Spring Arts & Crafts Inspired by Picture Books
Earlier this week, I introduced you to the books we’ve been enjoying as spring has settled in our town. Our reading has inspired some fun, simple projects. April showers bring May flowers, so read on to see how we’ve been keeping busy on the rainy days we’ve been stuck inside. These fun spring arts & crafts ideas are guaranteed to bring some brightness to your home!
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april showers Rain cloud
- White felt, or heavy white paper.
- The felt is nice because it adds a little bit of a fluffy feel to the cloud. (And also, it’s cheap!) You could also experiment with whatever white material you have on hand in your craft supplies.
- Glue. (Optional)
- Yellow paper. (Optional)
Make It Rain- Inspired by Rain:
- Cut a cloud shape from your white felt or heavy paper.
- Dampen the cloud a bit using a large paintbrush and plain water. This will help the paint blend and spread a bit easier.
- Paint your felt cloud with shades of grey, blue, and black. The paint will work best if it is watered down quite a bit. This is a very open ended project, so there’s plenty of room for exploration.
- Experiment with using more or less water with the paint.
- Experiment with different sizes, shapes, and types of brushes. Large vs. small, bristle vs. sponge, etc.
- Experiment with mixing the paint. You can do this by layering colors on the felt, as well as by mixing the colors prior to painting it on.
- When you’re happy with your rain cloud, set it aside to let it dry completely.
- Inspired by The Big Storm? If you would like to add a lightning bolt to create a spring storm cloud, cut one from the yellow paper. Attach the lightning bolt to the back of the cloud with glue.
fingerprint may Flowers
Grow A Garden:
- Use the stamp pads and fingertips to add flower centers to your paper.
- Draw petals, buds, and other floral details around each flower center. Get creative with petal shape, there’s no reason they all need to be the same!
- Using markers, colored pencils, or crayons, complete your flower garden picture. Thinking about where you want your flowers to grow, and add details accordingly. Are they growing from a window box like the blooms in Flower Garden? Maybe they’re in a field, under a blue sky, like the weeds in Dandelions: Stars in the Grass. The possibilities are endless, so take your time to create a beautiful garden!
Be sure to hang your finished spring arts & crafts in your home! Your kids will love seeing their masterpieces on display while the spring season continues to unfold!