Spring weather makes it more fun to be outside, but kids don’t always want to play outdoors. They often need help figuring out how to stay entertained, so parents can find seasonal inspiration to help their families have fun. Check out these creative crafts to do with your kids this spring to celebrate the time of year in between outdoor activities.
1. Paint Pebble Ladybugs
Pebbles and small rocks are easy to find. They’re either around your home, in your neighborhood or available at a local craft store. Gather some painting supplies, googly eyes and glue. Your kids can paint the rocks into ladybugs and keep them on their windowsills.
2. Hang Paper Plate Rainbows
Trace rainbow tripes onto paper plates and cut them out. Children of all ages can paint the rainbows and glue cotton balls into clouds on the bottom.
If you’re worried about your kids accidentally ingesting toxic paint, make some at home with flour, organic food coloring and water. Your family will have lots of fun without using any chemicals.
3. Build a Rube Goldberg Machine
Older and younger kids will get a kick out of a Rube Goldberg machine. It can do anything you’d like, as long as it completes a task in a complicated way. The joke stemmed from Rube Goldberg, who was a cartoonist with an engineering degree. He created complex machinery to make people laugh by drawing simple tasks into multi-step projects.
Your family’s Rube Goldberg machine could do anything. Create a maze that helps a marble slide from one side of the room to another. Line up dominoes so they collectively tip something over.
Anyone can create a machine like this by combining their imaginations and having fun. You’ll challenge your children’s problem-solving abilities, which will help them when their classes resume after spring break.
4. Create Egg Carton Chicks
Cut cardboard egg cartons apart so each pocket stands by itself. Kids can paint or decorate the outside of the carton cups before gluing them together. Attach triangles for beaks and feet to create a coop full of tiny chicks.
Your children can play with them during their makebelieve or line them up along your fireplace mantel. There are many ways to use egg carton chicks after the craft ends. All you need to do is get creative with your kids.
5. Assemble Q-Tip Lambs
Make Q-tip lamb place cards before your kids invite their friends over again. The cotton tips create fluffy lamb bodies while clothespins help them stand up. You can write your children’s names on each place card to make their next lunch with friends more fun.
6. Make a Bird Feeder
Spring means that all of your backyard birds are busier than ever. Help your kids learn more about them by making bird feeders with pinecones. You just have to slather peanut butter on each cone scale and roll it in seeds. Your family can identify each bird that comes to visit by watching them eat from your window or back porch.
7. Stamp Hyacinth Flowers
Hyacinth flowers have long stems and tiny petals. Your kids can recreate them with their favorite stamps and ink pads. Place each stamp up the stems to create the petals or swap stamps for fingerprints if your children want to fingerpaint. They’ll make perfect pictures alongside your framed family photos and showcase the happy memories you made together.
8. Decorate a Flower Pot
Clay flower pots come in all sizes, so select a few small ones and show your kids how to garden. They can raise tiny flowers by learning how to maintain a watering schedule and find their plants enough light. It’s an excellent exercise because it’s fun and teaches them crucial skills like time management, responsibility and planning
9. Fold Origami Bees
Older kids and teens might have fun making origami bees during your next spring thunderstorm. Collect colorful paper and walk them through the steps to make enough bees to fill a nest. Your family could hang them from the ceilings or doorways to give your home more of a springtime feel while the season lasts.
10. Glue Pom Pom Caterpillars
Caterpillars take advantage of spring weather to curl up in cocoons and become butterflies. Although your kids might not be old enough to take care of one indoors and watch the metamorphosis happen in person, they can always make caterpillar pets with pom poms.
They only need to glue the pom poms in a line across a piece of paper. Googly eyes will give their bugs personality before they go on display. It’s a cute way to celebrate spring and teach your family about the wonders of caterpillars.
Enjoy Creative Crafts This Spring
Consider which creative crafts to do with your kids this spring to start planning your afternoon fun. Whether your children are young or in their teen years, they’ll have fun getting creative and making these entertaining crafts.