Help your children learn the properties of water with easy craft projects for spring.

Help your children learn the properties of water with easy craft projects for spring.

How to turn spring crafts into teachable moments

Spring is the perfect time to delve into crafting with your kids. Not only does it get their creative juices flowing, but it also provides an outlet for all that excess energy that generally accompanies Spring Fever. And since March is National Craft Month, we’ve rounded up three spring themes to explore with your child – crafts included!

Rain, Rain…

It’s been raining every week were we live, so a few days ago, my son asked me how water got in the clouds. Enter teachable moment! Preschoolers and elementary students will love this 3-D Water Cycle Craftivity from Sweet Tea Classroom. Before you have them do this craft, though, you might watch this three-minute Study Jams! video by Scholastic, which teaches kids about the water cycle with fun, animated characters. Wind it up by visiting Communication 4 All’s web page on water, which features printable posters, vocabulary cards, and even Power Point presentations on the water cycle.

A Bouquet of Flowers

All this rain and the spring temperatures lead to something else: Flowers! There are hundreds of flower crafts available online, but we like these daffodil suncatchers from Babycentre, these spring flower bowls from Marth Stewart, and this sweet and easy tulip craft from Easy Child Crafts. If you’d like to take your flower study a step further, Little Stars Learning has this printable craft that includes labeling the parts of a plant.
After studying the parts of a plant, don’t miss the opportunity to study its life cycle. The craft store Michaels has instructions for making a plant life cycle felt craft that we love. Lita Lita also has a Life Cycle of a Plant Fold and Learn printable that comes in both English and Spanish.

The Birds and the Bees…and the Bats

Learning about pollination is easy when you use crafts and printables. Before you start any of these crafts, sit down with your child and take a look first at Kids Growing Strong’s website and the pages they’ve created to teach children about pollination. Older children may enjoy the University of Illinois Extension website created just for kids. Their bilingual interactive section, The Great Plant Escape, challenges your child to solve a series of mysteries related to plant life. Case #4 focuses on pollination.

Since pollinators can take many different forms, we’ve divided our crafts up into the three most common natural pollinators. Let’s focus first on bees. We love this happy, little bee craft from Easy Child Crafts. Older children may prefer this more intricate busy bee craft project from I Heart Crafty Things. But if you are looking for a more interactive craft, Little Warriors has an entertaining activity to accompany their craft and help young children better understand how bees pollinate flowers. She has a link in her comments to the printables she uses in the activity.

Birds also play a major role in pollinating plants, and we like this printable hummingbird craft from Learn Create Love that you can download for free.

And last, we think this popsicle stick bat craft from Blue Skies Ahead is adorable and easy for little fingers to make.

How to turn spring crafts into teachable moments monica oliveras profile small 1 parenting family NBC Latino News

Monica Olivera Hazelton, NBC Latino contributor and the founder and publisher of MommyMaestra.com, a site for Latino families that homeschool, as well as families with children in a traditional school setting who want to take a more active role in their children’s education. She is the 2011 winner of the “Best Latina Education Blogger” award by LATISM.

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