The kids and I did a really easy, fun craft the other day so I knew I had to share it here. Since this last week brought the first day of Spring, I wanted them to make a little something to welcome its arrival. I have to confess, I am not big on doing crafts with the kids. In my head, I picture us all gathered around the table, laughing, conversing, and crafting away.
Reality looks more similar to a South American war zone. Crafting at our house usually involves a lot of screeching, a few tears, and way too many loud voices. Someone always eats the glue, while someone else shouts at me that LOOK! HE’S EATING GLUUUUUE!
So while I like the idea of crafting with my kids, it isn’t something I attempt with regularity. When I do decide to give it a go, I make sure we are making something easy. If it’s easy enough I can usually make it through, and often even enjoy the process (which sounds terrible, but is a pretty huge accomplishment!).
This craft is super easy, make with supplies most people usually have on hand, and is simple enough even a two year old can participate! I love when all four of the kids can do one craft together. All you will need is:
Blue construction paper, scrapbooking paper, or card stock
Brown watercolor paint or a brown marker
Watercolor paint brushes
Several different colors of tissue paper
Set up each child’s station first. I have everything ready before I call the kids in, so that I can fully set up before little hands start shuffling things around. It only takes a tiny amount of paint, so each child had a piece of paper, a paint brush, a small dollop of brown paint, a cup of water, and a small dish or cup with a little bit of glue inside for dipping later on.
Next, have each child paint a branch on their paper with the brown paint.
They can even use their mouth if their hands aren’t sufficient for painting.
While the branches dry, give each child a 4″ square of each color of tissue paper that you are using and have them tear it up into smaller squares. I told them about 1″ in size, but that was just a guide. We had a huge variety in our sizing of tissue pieces!
And again, you can always utilize your mouth if necessary.
Lastly, after the branches are dry and everyone has a nice size collection of pieces of tissue paper, show them how to make flowers. Just fold each square in half, then in half again, and twist the center of the tissue. Then the top can be fluffed up into a little “flower”. All of the kids did this on their own after a little practice, so I just watched and made sure no one consumed too much glue. They dip each bottom/center of their flowers into glue, and then stick anywhere on their branches they choose.
That’s it! Hang their art where everyone can enjoy looking at the beautiful spring blossoms they have just created!