Spring has Sprung!
Last week, we celebrated the slow arrival of spring with a fun flower craft. Despite my massive allergies, spring is my favorite time of year, because it’s the season of new beginnings. The dull gray of the world slowly gives way to the bright colors and fresh blooms of spring. What better way for my Little Ones to dissolve the dank winter blues than reusing “trash” to make beautiful blooming prints with this flower craft?!
This flower craft is another great invitation to play which includes both product and process based art
Similar to the St. Patrick’s Day craft that our Littles did in March, I showed the children a way to make the flowers, but left it up to their own creative devices and decide how they wanted their craft to look. Our up-cycled “trash”-to flowers stamps include:
- A toilet paper tube
- A fork
- A celery stem base from Monday’s Lunch
- A plastic soda bottle
- A pom-pom gripped in a clothes pin
“A Light Exists in Spring”- Emily Dickenson
I placed each item on a plate with a large splat of paint and let the children go to town- even the babies got “into” the craft. I felt so proud of them- no one bickered or argued over who got what paint, they used their manners, shared, traded- one of those amazing “teacher” moments where you realize all your teaching and work with the children is finally paying off. The work they did made them so proud- even the finished product didn’t look anything like flowers!
I just love this Emily Dickenson Poem, she captures our spring mood perfectly!
A light exists in spring
Not present on the year
At any other period.
When March is scarcely here
A color stands abroad
On solitary hills
That science cannot overtake,
But human naturefeels.
It waits upon the lawn;
It shows the furthest tree
Upon the furthest slope we know;
It almost speaks to me.
So what are your favorite ways to ring in spring with your children or Daycare Littles? Share them (and links) in the comments- let’s share the spring celebratory love!