Direct children to fold construction paper in half. Show them how to draw one half of a butterfly image on the fold. (See image on right.) With paper still folded, instruct children to cut around outline. Remind them not to cut down the fold!
Coffee Filter Butterflies
Pour 1/2 cup of water into six or more bowls. Add a few drops of food coloring to each.
Cover work area with several layers of newspaper, and give each child a coffee filter. Show children how to use eye droppers to collect colored water and sprinkle it drop by drop onto the coffee filter. Encourage them to continue dripping drops of colored water until coffee filter is nearly covered. (Colors will run together. Assure them that this is part of the project.)
Allow coffee filters to dry thoroughly. While filters dry, glue wiggly eyes onto either side of the wider ends of clothespin. Curl tips of chenille stems so that they resemble antennas.
Finally, gather flat portion of coffee filter into a bunch and clip it into the narrow (hinged) end of the clothespin. Gently spread fluted edges out for a fuller, winged effect.
Cotton Ball Clouds
Give each child a sheet of blue paper and a cotton ball. Show children how to dip cotton ball into paint and stamp onto paper. Encourage them to fill page with cotton ball cloud designs of various shapes and sizes.
Show children how to use a compass to draw circles. Give each child squares of paper in all six rainbow colors. Have them cut circles of the following sizes:
Red - 6 inches
Once all circles are cut, have children use rulers to cut circles in half. Show them how to stack and glue the circles (using rulers to ensure even spacing) to form rainbows.
Cut cardboard egg cartons apart cup by cup. Cover work area with several layers of old newspaper. Place green paint in work area. Give each child five or six cups and a paintbrush. Instruct children to paint outsides of egg cups, covering the surface completely. None of the carton should show through. Allow painted cups to dry.
My Spring Garden
Give each child an 8 1/2 x 11 (A4) or larger piece of paper. Instruct children to draw flower stems and leaves that go no higher than half-way up the page. Glue cupcake liners onto flower stems to create flowers. If desired, rub glue stick along bottom of page, sprinkle with potting soil, and shake off excess.
Cut (or pre-cut) cloud shapes out of cardstock or thin cardboard. Cover work area with several layers of newspaper. Place a styrofoam tray in the middle of each group of three to four children. Squirt approximately one cup of shaving cream and 1/4 cup of white glue into each tray. Allow children to take turns mixing the shaving cream and glue until it is thoroughly mixed.
Give each child five paper cups in assorted spring colors. Show children how to cut top portion of cups into equally-sized strips, stopping one inch from the base of the cup. Flare strips of paper outward.
Arrange paper cup flowers in vase.
Pre-cut tulip patterns out of corrugated cardboard. Show children how to place tulip pattern on cardstock or thin cardboard, trace around it, and cut out tulip.
Variation: Paint cardstock with thinned glue instead of paint. Dip tops of flowers in floral-colored sand. Dip stems and leaves into green sand. Allow to dry, and assemble.
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