Now that spring has officially sprung, it’s time to put away the cotton ball snowmen and coffee filter snowflake crafts. And get going on some bright and fun spring crafts for kids instead.
Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. And the vibrant colors of spring are wonderful for making eye-catching projects kids will love to create. Here is a roundup of some of my favorite spring crafts for kids.
Fun Spring Crafts for Kids
Here are some of my favorite spring crafts for kids! These spring crafts are great for kids of all ages!
1. Tissue Paper Rainbows
This bright and colorful rainbow craft was a blast to make with my four-year-old daughter. And I love the idea for teaching kids to draw a rainbow by drawing circles on a paper plate and then cutting the plate in half.
I also found the suggestion for painting on the glue rather than having little ones squeezing from a bottle to be helpful. It definitely cut down on the glue I had to clean up after craft time.
Because we live in an area that has seen plenty of rain lately, it was fun teaching my kids about rainbows and then making our own. This tissue paper craft is great fun with a preschooler and with some adult assistance also works well for younger toddlers. I can see school age kids enjoying it as well. And they would be able to complete it with minimal supervision.
2. Hanging Easter Artwork
Easter is a holiday my kids look forward to each spring. And every year we do fun Easter crafts to get ready. This year I wanted something we could hang up in the house to decorate. I found the perfect craft in these hanging Easter eggs. And I was able to use some of the leftover tissue paper from our rainbow craft.
This is another craft that can be enjoyed by young children up through school age with age appropriate assistance from an adult. This craft requires a little set up from an adult to paint the egg frame ahead of time.
Or an older child with the skills to paint and the patience to wait for it to dry before continuing the craft. But once the paint is dry, the craft is simple and creates a minimal mess.
The end result is beautiful. The tissue through the clear self-laminating pouches has the effect of stained glass. And your kids will be delighted to see their craft hanging up in your home.
3. Spring Blossoms Transient Art
Every spring I love seeing the trees in my yard start to blossom as the weather warms. What could be better for a spring craft than recreating those blossoming trees on paper? This is a great craft for school age kids. I would avoid it with toddlers because of the small pieces.
My kids love when they can make something that looks like real art they might see on someone’s wall. And the addition of a wooden frame certainly does that for this spring blossom craft. The frame isn’t required but it certainly adds a nice touch. I painted the branches for my daughter and then watched her place the blossoms.
I loved the simplicity of this craft. And the result was visually striking and original. I hadn’t tried a craft like this before but will again now that I see how well it turned out.
4. Egg Carton Bug Craft
My appreciation for this craft may come from the fact that, like the craft creator, I have fought an ant invasion of my home every spring for several years. A line of ants in my kitchen is a sure sign of spring. Although not always one I greet with enthusiasm. This craft, on the other hand, is completely charming.
My daughters were delighted with these egg carton bugs. With some newspaper laid down to minimize mess, your child will love painting the egg carton in their preferred bug colors.
I use washable paint because no matter how much newspaper I put down the paint always ends up on my walls or the floor. Egg cartons absorb paint well and look very “buggy” when your child is done. The hardest part of the craft for my kids was waiting for them to dry before adding the pipe cleaners for legs and wings.
5. Flower Crown Spring Craft
Making crafts is always fun, but a craft you can wear adds an extra something special to the process. My daughters were both excited when I told them we would be making flower crowns.
And they absolutely loved the results. I only hope the paper crowns hold up after the amount of wear they received on their first day. If not, I guess it’s fortunate they are simple to make as I will likely be doing it again soon.
I love that this craft uses supplies I already had on hand. And I was happy the flowers were easy to draw. I am not a natural when it comes to drawing and I didn’t want all of my flowers to be misshapen. Fortunately, they turned out well.
I’ll admit I made a flower crown for myself in addition to helping my girls. If they get to be princesses, then I need a crown to be queen.
6. Marbled Paper Easter Eggs
Although I typically try to avoid super messy crafts, these shaving cream marbled Easter eggs are fun enough to be worth the cleanup. My daughters don’t share my reluctance to make a mess and this craft was a big hit!
This is a great craft for preschoolers and grade school-age kids. My youngest would have tried to eat the shaving cream so she was a spectator for this one. The marbled eggs are gorgeous and fun. And make for a festive Easter decoration.
Spring Paint Crafts
If you aren’t afraid of getting a little messy, here are some amazing spring paint crafts for kids!
Hiking and Painting
On one of your springtime hikes, have the kids pick out a few uniquely shaped rocks to bring home and paint. Bring along a backpack on your hike/walk so that everyone can pick out a rock and not have to worry about carrying them back to the car or house by hand.
Once you get home, let the rocks dry a bit if they were wet upon collection. Put some newspaper down on the table along with some different colored paints and paint brushes, and let the kids go to town!
Encourage the kids to paint spring-themed nature scenes or other items on their rocks. The kids can either keep the rocks for themselves or maybe they can be added to the family’s garden or walkway to add a pop of color after the snow is all gone.
Thumbprint Cherry Blossoms Paint Craft
Cherry blossom trees are a sure sign that spring has arrived. These unique trees are not only beautiful but really easy to replicate with a few simple paint colors.
Provide the kids with a large piece of white paper and using either brown or black paint (or a marker, crayon, colored pencil) to form the trunk and limbs/branches of the tree.
Next, have available pink, purple, and white paints for them to dip their fingers in and apply to the branches as the cherry blossom buds. If you have a sensory sensitive kiddo that doesn’t like getting paint on their fingers, let them use Q-tips to dip in the paint and form the buds instead. They can add as many or few buds as they’d like to create a beautiful cherry blossom tree that’s all theirs.
Butterfly Hand Prints Spring Paint Craft
Invest in some paper plates and squirt numerous colors on several of them. Let your kids have either white coloring paper or construction paper in the color of their choice. Help each of them dip their open-palmed hands into a paint color and slowly press their hands onto the paper with their fingers spread out to function as the butterflies wings.
They can have different colored wings if they want that too! The kids can also paint their hands with their brushes instead of dipping them in entirely one color too (see photo above). Let the kids paint the body of the butterfly in the middle of the two prints, or they can even use markers or crayons for this part.
Paper Plate Rainbows
Cut several paper plates in half and give one to each child participating. With several paint color choices and paintbrushes, allow them to use the semicircular plates to form a rainbow of their own making.
To make this even more unique, once they apply paint to their plates, provide them with some cups of water and encourage them to dip their paintbrushes into the paint and go over their rainbow colors several times to create a watercolor rainbow instead. This is all up to them of course.
Another idea would be to add some glitter to the wet paint or gluing some cotton balls on the edge of the plate to look like clouds.
Head down to the local dollar stores and pick up a few packages of sponges, or grab a pack of fun painting sponges online. Same as with the butterfly handprints put different colored paint on separate plates. Set a clean sponge on each plate and allow the children to create a flower of their choosing in any pattern or color theme they’d like.
They can create flowers with different colored petals in a circular pattern to resemble a daisy, one single sponge in a square-like pattern to replicate a tulip or create a flower that only lives in their imagination. If you want to get really fancy, pick up some green pipe cleaners and glue that the kids can glue onto the paper as the stems and buds.
Fun Spring Crafts for Kids of All Ages
Spring is a great time to shake off the winter doldrums and create something bright and cheerful! These fun spring crafts are a great way to start enjoying a new season and bring some color and fun to your kids’ craft time. I hope you have as much fun making them with your kids as I did with mine. Happy spring!
Written by Elizabeth Voyles and Britt LeBoeuf