It is MARCH! Not only is it March, but it is no longer FEBRUARY! Since these are two of my most favourite things, I thought I would share with you two more of my most favourite things.
Today I am sharing with you two of my favourite Spring Learning crafts. I really love learning crafts. I am not sure why this is not more popular of a thing? I think we should come up with a term for ‘Learning Crafts’ …
What do you think about “Lafts”? I kind of like it!
Alright then, today I am sharing with you two of my favourite Lafts for Spring. These fun and easy Spring ideas are great for toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids too.
I created a video for you sharing how I take these two simple spring crafts (ahem … lafts) and modify them for all the different ages and stages in my home. Have a watch right here:And just incase that video doesn’t work for you (it can sometimes be temperamental when I upload it in this way), here is the same video but from my YouTube channel right here:
If you are a reader more than a watcher, here is the blog post to go along with this video:
My Two Favourite Spring Learning Crafts:
Spring is all about bringing back the warmth and colour to our lives. As winter begins everything is so cold and white – and when it ends, everything is so cold and brown!
Spring is all about that warm sun, the green grass appearing, and those first colourful flowers poking up through the ground.
Our Spring crafting is all about colour too! Here are two colourful flower crafts perfect for spring that are full of learning.
Craft #1: Spring Tulip Name Puzzles
These Spring Tulip Name Puzzles are full of learning and are just as cute as can be! If you have a little one just starting out on his or her letter learning journey, starting with your child’s name is the way to begin!
(If you would like more information on how to introduce the letters and sounds to your child I have a blog post all about this topic right here: The Order for Teaching Letter Recognition).
To make this Spring Tulip Name Puzzle sketch a very simple tulip flower shape on paper. I like to make mine with the same number of points as letters in my child’s name – so Sammy would have 5 points. When you are writing out your child’s name, write it as you would normally with a capital first letter and all of the other letters lowercase.
Once your child fully recognizes these letters, add in the matching counterparts – lowercase for the first letter and uppercase for the rest with some fun matching games like ABC Go Fish.
(And once both uppercase and lowercase are learned, it is time for learning those letter sounds – but I digress – back to the craft!)
You can write your child’s name letters in the tulip yourself, you can do dots and have your child trace, or your child can write his name himself.
Then, draw a line between each of the letters for your child to cut. These can be straight lines, curvy lines, or zigzag lines depending on your child’s ability level with scissors.
He can cut out the tulip and then cut along each line creating his puzzle.
Now it is time to play! Can your little one rebuild his Spring Tulip Name Puzzle?
Once complete, your child can glue this on paper, add a stem, and hang it on his bedroom door or the fridge to show off his pure brilliance (and add some much needed colour to your home!)
Craft #2: Math Flowers
These Spring math flowers are such a fun ‘laft’ can be done in SO many different ways. You can use construction paper (I have done in the video and blog post), markers, paint, even thumbprints!
(I share a printable version of this activity in my FREE Spring Printable Pack right here)
The idea is so simple, the learning so deep, and the fun so big (I know it would be better to say, ‘it’s so much fun!’ but I was really on a roll there)
Cut out some circles and write some numbers on them. If your little one is new to numbers keep them between 1-10. In fact, it is a great idea to focus on just the first ten numbers for a long time. Playing with different ways to make ten, adding numbers together, and taking numbers away, seeing how numbers ‘fit’ together – all of these things have been shown to benefit children immensely down the road. So please don’t rush these little ones!
Next, cut out strips of paper – or better yet, give your little one a long strip of paper and let him snip of bits creating his own ‘flower petals’. Once he has oodles cut, it is time to start all that math learning!
Your little one will be recognizing numbers, counting out the correct number of petals, and using one to one correspondence as he does. If he grabs too many petals, he will need to be thinking about how many he needs to put back – and if he doesn’t grab enough he will need to think about how many more he will need. All huge math concepts!
He can glue those petals around each circle creating lovely math flowers to hang beside his lovely name flower! The two most perfect Spring learning crafts (Lafts) to do in the most perfect month (March … not February)
I hope you and yours love these Spring learning activities as much as we do – and if so, you are going to LOVE my homeschooling programs for Preschool and Kindergarten!
Play into Kindergarten Readiness is my preschool program for 2-3 year olds. All core skills are covered through play in only one 20 minute activity per day! Check it out right here: Play into Kindergarten Readiness for 2-3 Year olds
Kindergarten at Home is my Kindergarten program for 4-5 year olds. All Kindergarten core skills are covered through hands on play (no worksheets and no printer required!) in one hour three times per week! Check it out right here: Kindergarten at Home for 4-5 year olds.