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5 Simple and Colorful Art Projects for the First Day of Spring


Celebrate the long-awaited season of Spring with any of these delightful, colorful and easy arts and crafts projects.


Rainy Day Paper Umbrellas


Grade Level: K-2

Materials: construction paper, scissors, cupcake liners, glue, tape, pipe cleaners, Bingo blotters

Difficulty: Very Easy

This project is extremely simple and a good way to introduce the rainy season. Students will make pretty umbrellas out of colorful cupcake liners, using pipe cleaners as the umbrella handles and Bingo blotters to make rain drops. also includes this fun poem for kids to learn. As an additional project, have students incorporate their favorite lines of the poem into their project:


Can You Hear The Rain?
By Mother Goose Caboose

“Pitter-patter, pitter-patter,” can you hear the rain?

“Pitter-patter, pitter-patter,” on the window pane.

“Pitter-patter, pitter-patter,” let’s go out to play.

I just love to jump in puddles on a rainy day.

Little raindrops, “Splashing, splashing,” all across my face.

Little raindrops, “Splashing, splashing,” splashing every place.

“Pitter-patter, pitter-patter,” do you hear that sound?

I just love to hear those raindrops falling to the ground.

In my red galoshes, I make lots of sploshes,

jumping up and jumping down, Turning ’round and ’round and ’round.

“Pitter-patter, pitter-patter,” suddenly, I stop.

Then I fall down on the ground and make a big “kerplop!”

Little raindrops “Splashing, splashing,” splashing on my face.

Little raindrops, “Splashing, splashing,” splashing every place.

“Pitter-patter, pitter-patter,” raindrops on the ground.

“Pitter-patter, pitter-patter,” I just love that sound!


Oil Sun Catchers


Grade Level: K-2

Materials: construction paper, medium-sized bowl, marker, scissors, baby oil, water, small plastic containers, cotton swabs

Difficulty: Easy

This project is a fun way to incorporate some science into your art, and makes for lovely little classroom decorations when they’re finished. Using cotton swabs, students will paint squiggles and designs on construction paper circles with baby oil, and watch how the liquid manipulates the paper. When they’re done, have them hang them in the windows and watch how the warming sun lights them up.


Lion and Lamb Masks


Grade Level: K-2

Materials: paper plates, large popsicle sticks, glue, construction paper, cotton, yarn

Difficulty: Easy

In honor of the month of March, have your students make lion and lambs masks as they learn how March comes “in like a lion and out like a lamb.” You can have them either choose which one they want to make, or allow them each to make both, if you have the time. It’s as simple as cutting a hole out of the center of a paper plate, then gluing on ears. For a lamb mask, glue cotton balls to the edge of the mask, and for a lion, glue strips of orange and brown yarn.


Textured Tissue Paper Flowers


Grade Level: K-5

Materials: construction paper, tissue paper, liquid glue, scissors

Difficulty: Easy

This craft is incredibly simple, and involves crumpling up tiny bits of construction paper to create flowers. Let kids get creative and encourage them to create one big flower, a bouquet of little flowers, or whatever their imaginations can come up with. Make sure to offer a wide variety of colors for students to choose from, and for added fun, make include extra fun materials like glitter, or pom-poms for some caterpillar friends.


Bird Nest Craft Project


Grade Level: K-3

Materials: paper plates, paint, glue, brown packing shreds, construction paper, various small items for the nest, like buttons, string, twigs, etc.

Difficulty: Easy

This is a fun project to inspire imaginations about what birds use to create their nests. Use a paper plate, paint and construction paper to make a base bird and nest, then use various small items to include in the tangle of a nest. Little twigs from outside, scrap paper cut into leaves, spare buttons, and even small items that birds commonly use to build their nests, like straw, moss, fur (fake fur found at craft stores or cotton balls), bark strips, and pine needles.


Materials for these projects might be found at S&S Worldwide.


Updated: 04/29/2015