Guest Post by Allison McDonald of No Time For Flash Cards
Has spring sprung where you are? Here in the very rainy PNW we are finally seeing some signs. On a walk with my daughter last weekend we saw and played with the pretty pink blossoms on the cherry trees that are all over our town. This is a simple craft but a great way to bring outside in even if it's raining and celebrate spring and new beginnings. Whenever I do an activity like this with a group of kids ( I did this one with 4 ) I start with a question.
"What is happening to the trees outside?"
Let them answer .
After the answers are all shared and every voice has had a chance to speak up I will direct the discussion if need be, With these guys there was no issue. " It's spring, the trees are getting leaves! The sun is making it grow! "
Then we went outside for some branches.
When we came back in we grabbed some paint, cupcake liners and brushes.
I offered lots of colors of paint and of course it all got mixed together they loved the way it swirled.
Painted the liners and let them dry just a bit.
Fold and cut.
Now the group I was with would not have been able to do the hot gluing but if you are doing this with kids that are able , I would have them glue their own on the branches.
I popped the branches in a old vase , it was easier to glue already in the vase.
I used a lot of glue and only burned myself twice ( a record for me, I am a glue gun jinx) happily no "bad" words were said in front of other people's kids.
Voila a little bit of kids made spring for your classroom or house.
Allison McDonald is a former teacher and the founder of notimeforflashcards.com a blog all about early education, kids' activities and crafts.