23 Garden Crafts & Activities For Kids

garden crafts and activities for kidsIt’s time to get ready for spring ! These 23 garden themed crafts and activities will get your child ready for a fun spring even if the weather still seems to think it’s winter. I can’t wait to get outside and play and learn in our garden more now that it’s getting warmer ( and drier) . These crafts and activities include ones to do inside and others that take you out in the fresh air. Something for everyone!

Gardening For Letters
Spring Garden Sensory Tub
Dirt Dessert Cups
Painting With Bugs
Ladybug Craft
Mud Soup
Garden Sensory Tub
Alphabet Garden
Newspaper & Button Flowers
Milk Carton Bird Feeder
Backyard Photo Scavenger Hunt
Giant Sunflower
Learning About Veggies
sunflower craft
Daisy Math
Find & Count Bug Hunt
Painting with Nature
Super Simple Bird Feeder
Family Flower Garden
Garden Vegetable Printing
Painting with veggies
Nature Color Hunt
Yarn Nest
Kid Friendly Family Garden
Venus Fly Trap Craft
Easy Cereal Bird Feeders

Classic Craft & Epic Mess

spring crafts for kids

We have started spotting butterflies in our yard when we are outside playing and I am so happy that my son still stops what he is doing to watch them flutter by. This is a classic kids craft but by using the colored glue we made and glitter it’s a little special even for a jaded crafter like my son . I like how the colored glue can be seen through the wings and in the window it looks like a sun catcher.  My kids had a ball and I think it was a great reminder that classic crafts are classic for a reason.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some coffee filters, some colored glue, glitter and pipe cleaners. My kids love the sparkly ones from craftprojectideas.com . Also when we are doing glitter I like to shake it into a bow lid, or other  container to keep it a little contained.spring crafts for kids
  2. Start by drizzling the glue all over the coffee filter.  While my daughter did this my son was playing nearby. craft for kids
  3. She loved squeezing the glue and we took the opportunity to talk about colors too. crafts for kids
  4. Add the glitter! She was tame compared to her brother …. you’ll see what I mean in a bit. kids crafts
  5. She was happy with one so I invited my son who wasn’t ready yet.  So we played for a while then started the craft. This worked well because I got my daughter engaged so she was happily playing alone when my son decided he was ready. He wanted to make a monarch butterfly because they migrate. OK. So he was trying to mix the red and yellow paint to make orange.
  6. And guess who decided she wanted to make another. I only had one box and my son was using it so I gave my daughter about 5 layers of coffee fliter so the colored glue didn’t seep through to the unprotected table. It worked well.toddlers love crafts
  7. Then he added glitter.
  8. And he went bananas.  He made up a silly song about glitter and had us all giggling. Yes it was a mess but it was funny and silly and happy and I am a total sucker for funny.
  9. We let them dry over night ( on way paper so the glue that ran through the filters wouldn’t stain anything). Did you really think I’d have a post without at least one of my kids in PJs?
  10. Then wound the pipe cleaners around them.
  11. Put them in the window .

I still have glitter to clean up – my son helped but I think he just spread it. The library may get a few books returned that shine figuratively and literally.

 

Song

The little caterpillar snuggled on a leaf,
Spun a little chrysalis and then fell asleep,
While she was sleeping she dreamed that she could fly,
When she woke up she was a butterfly.

Kite Craft

by Kim

This craft is the perfect spring craft for when the weather is not cooperating.

Grab some construction paper, scissors, glue, cotton balls, marker, and bowtie pasta. I bought the mini version and they worked perfectly. I honestly think this company makes these just so moms can do crafts, but my kids enjoy eating them.

I drew some triangles on construction paper and the outline of the kite on the blue paper.

I had my son cut out the colored triangles. For younger kids you can just have the triangles already cut out for them.

Then he matched up the shapes to the corresponding empty spaces and glued them down.

He squeezed some glue on the tail of the kite and glued the bowtie pasta onto the spots.

After the kite was completed, I just told him to put clouds wherever he wanted. He really loved it when I told him he had to use a lot of glue to make sure the cotton balls stuck. He squeezed an excessive amount out, but who really cares. :-)

Here is the happy boy with his kite. It didn’t even matter that it was 36 degrees and snowing outside (and it’s officially spring – hah).

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Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.