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Foot Flower
Submitted by Bonnie
What You Need:
  • Paint
  • Paper
What You Do:
  • Paint the bottom of the child's foot and let them put it on paper. They can then add a stem and what other decoration they choose to add to the picture.
Insect Collage
Submitted by Karen
What You Need:
  • Contact Paper
  • Construction Paper or Tissue Paper
What You Do:
  • Cut the contact paper in the shape of an insect (butterfly, ladybug, etc.) Let you kids put the construction paper or tissue paper on it and make great collages
Grow Your Name
Submitted by Judy
What You Need:
  • Small Box (roughly half the size of a shoe box)
  • Grass Seed
  • Potting Soil
What You Do:
  • Get small boxes, line them with plastic, and fill them with potting soil. Have your children scratch out their name in the soil. Have them sprinkle grass seeds into the name Gently cover it with soil and soon you will have their name growing in a garden.
Rock Bug
Submitted by Mrs. Kelli
What You Need
  • Paint or Markers
  • Rock
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Glue
  • Google Eyes
What You Do:
  • If you live where you can, let your kids go pick out their own rocks. Then wash the rocks, let them dry. Then give the kids all the different supplies and let them design their own bug.
Paper Plate Daisy
Submitted by Jammie
What You Need:
  • Paper Plates
  • Yellow Paper
  • Paint
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Give your children paper plates. Have them cut out pedals from the yellow paper and then attach them around the paper plate.
Clouds Pieces
Submitted by Amy
What You Need:
  • Paint
  • Paper
What You Do:
  • Give your children a precut Clouds piece (or let them cut their own) Let them add the features to really make it look like Clouds. These work great on a bulletin board like "Popping into summer" etc
Paper Plate Kite
Submitted by Tammy
What You Need:
  • Paper Plate
  • Tissue Paper
  • Streamers
  • Crayons
  • String
  • Craft Sticks
What You Do:
  • Have your children draw a design (or make one with tissue paper) on the paper plate. Next have them glue foot long streamers on the paper plate. Finally punch a hole at the nose of the plate and tie a piece of yarn through it. Wrap additional yarn around a craft stick (tape the yarn to the stick) Now your children have a kite that will really fly on a windy day.
Paper Plate Sunflower
Submitted by Jammie
What You Need:
  • Paper Plates
  • Yellow Paper
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Sunflower seeds or Oatmeal
What You Do:
  • Give your children paper plates. Have them cut out pedals from the yellow paper and then attach them around the paper plate.They can then add sunflower seeds or oatmeal to the seed of the flower
Leaf Tie Dye
Submitted by Val
What You Need:
  • Leaves (various colors preferred) and Flowers
  • Cloth (Light Color)
  • Sticking Instrument (Mallet or Hammer)
What You Do:
  • Put the leaves and Flowers out on the floor or counter. Put the cloth on top of the leaves and flowers. Then hit the cloth with the mallet until the leaves and Flowers are ground up. This will put a neat pattern on the cloth. If your brave you can let the children try it
Warning:
Very Messy. Watch children with Mallets closely.
Rainbow Sticks
Submitted by Julie
What You Need:
  • Paper Towel Rolls
  • Tape that you can paint on
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Uncooked Rice
  • Toothpicks
What You Do:
  • Pre-poke holes into the side of the paper towel rolls. Then have your children poke toothpicks through the holes (glue both ends). Next tape one end of the roll closed. Add rice and tape the other end. Next let your children paint their sticks as rainbows. Finally, cut off any ends of the toothpicks sticking out. Now your children have a great rainbow stick that sounds like the rain that makes rainbows come.
Dandelion
Submitted by Pamela Thompson
What You Need:
  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint or Markers
What You Do:
  • Cut two yellow circle (one about an inch smaller than the other. Next cut a brown circle (about half the size of the largest yellow circle) Glue the circles from largest to smallest. Next use scissors to fringe the yellow circles (causing them to look like dandelions) For added fun make stems for the flowers as the same height as your children.
Paper Gardens
Submitted by Paige
What You Need:
  • Easter Grass
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Paper
  • Markers/Crayons/Paint
  • Glue
  • muffin liners
What You Do:
  • Have your children glue grass on the paper and design their own gardens. They can choose to paint their own flowers, or use pipe cleaners or torn pieces of construction paper to form them. Additionally you can provide muffin liners from them to use as flowers.
Idea:
Put Clouds and paint in a bag and shake it. This makes a great item to use with an art project.
Submitted by Louis
Cellophane Kite
Submitted by Julie
What You Need:
  • Cellophane Bag
  • Streamers
  • Yarn
What You Do
  • Tie the handles together with a piece of yarn. Attach the other end of the yarn to a craft stick and wrap some yarn around the craft stick. Tape streamers to the bottom of the bag. Let your children decorate the bag with stickers. These really fly great.
Clouds Collage
Submitted by Julie
What You Need:
  • Colored Glue (paint or food coloring mixed with glue)
  • Paper
  • Clouds
What You Do:
  • Provide your children with many different colors of glue. Let them basically paint a picture with the glue (glue must be thick enough to hold Clouds) and then have them press Clouds onto the painted parts. This makes a wonder, cute, and creative collage look!
Rainbow From the Sky
Submitted by Lisa
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Crepe Paper
  • Paint
What You Do:
  • Have your children cut a cloud from white paper. Next have them cut raindrops out of different shades of blue paper and lighting out of yellow paper. Have your children glue these on a piece of paper. Finally, have them glue trips of multi-colored crepe paper on the cloud to symbolize a rainbow coming from the cloud. These turned out so cute!
Make Your Own Bug
Submitted by Jenni
What You Need:
  • cotton balls
  • egg cartons
  • google eyes
  • pipe cleaners
  • construction paper
  • glitter, any other material that you want to use.
What You Do:
  • Cut the egg cartons and let the children make their own bug
Lima Bean
Submitted by Lisa
What You Need
  • Beans
  • Paper
  • Markers/Crayons/Paint
  • Whatever Other Art Supplies That You Choose
What You Do:
  • At the bottom of a piece of paper glue a bean. Now ask your children to draw what they think will grow from the bean on the paper
Insect Habitat
Submitted by Tina
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Paint, or colors, markers
What You Do:
  • Let you kids design their own Insect Habitat (Bee Hive, Ant Hill with tunnels, Spider Web, Cocoon). Then they can draw the insects in.
Kite Ink Blot
Submitted by Betty
What You Need:
  • Paint
  • Paper
What You Do:
  • Give each of your children a kite shape cut out of paper (or have them cut their own) put a blob of paint in the middle of the shape and have them fold it over. This will make a really neat design on the kite.
Idea:
You can make clouds with cotton, white pom-poms, puffy paint, torn scraps of paper, and more!
Submitted by Connie
Fruit Loop Rainbow
Submitted by Linda
What You Need:
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Fruit Loops
What You Do:
  • Use a large piece of poster board. Add food coloring or paint to glue to correspond with the colors of Fruit Loops cereal. Then paint a rainbow on the paper with the glue. Then have the children sort and match the fruit loops and stick them to the corresponding colors on the rainbow.
Foot Flower
Submitted by Bonnie
What You Need:
  • Paint
  • Paper
What You Do:
  • Paint the bottom of the child's foot and let them put it on paper. They can then add a stem and what other decoration they choose to add to the picture.
Paper Plate Sunflower
Submitted by Jammie
What You Need:
  • Paper Plates
  • Yellow Paper
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Sunflower seeds or Oatmeal
What You Do:
  • Give your children paper plates. Have them cut out pedals from the yellow paper and then attach them around the paper plate.They can then add sunflower seeds or oatmeal to the seed of the flower
Leaf Tie Dye
Submitted by Val
What You Need:
  • Leaves (various colors preferred) and Flowers
  • Cloth (Light Color)
  • Sticking Instrument (Mallet or Hammer)
What You Do:
  • Put the leaves and Flowers out on the floor or counter. Put the cloth on top of the leaves and flowers. Then hit the cloth with the mallet until the leaves and Flowers are ground up. This will put a neat pattern on the cloth. If your brave you can let the children try it

Warning: Very Messy. Watch children with Mallets closely.
Butterfly Footprints
Submitted by Tina
What You Need:
  • Large White Paper
  • Paint
  • Markers, Glitter, or Other Decorating Materials
What You Do:
  • Put the Children's footprints on the paper (separated to make wings of a butterfly) Then (after they have dried) let the kids design their own unique butterfly
Flying Bugs
Submitted by Paula
What You Need:
  • Tissue Paper
  • Paint, or colors, markers
  • Twisty Ties
What You Do:
  • Cut out wings out of the tissue paper. Then let the kids decorate them however they want. Next put the twisty tie around the wings to make the thorax and antennas. Then put all the butterflies in a popcorn bowl. Let your kids wave books, poster board, etc. Next to the bowl and watch the bugs fly.
Coffee Filter Butterflies
Submitted by Leslie
What You Need:
  • Coffee Filters
  • Spray Bottle with water
  • Washable Markers
  • Clothespins
What You Do:
  • Let kids color coffee filters, then spray them with the spray bottle, then twist and clip with clothespin. This will make the butterfly wings, the kids can then color a face and antennas on the clothespin.
Design an Insect
Submitted by J. Smith
What You Need:
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Popsicle Stick
  • Feathers
  • Football Shakers
  • Google Eyes
  • Construction Paper
  • Glitter
What You Do:
  • After talking about insects, and looking at insect pictures. Give the kids all of the materials and let them design their own insect. You will be amazed what great insects your kids will come up with
"The Very Quiet Cricket" Cricket
Submitted by Paige
What You Need:
  • egg cartons
  • google eyes
  • pipe cleaners
  • construction paper
  • glitter, any other material that you want to use.
What You Do:
  • Cut the egg cartons and let the children make their own cricket.

Note: you can also make caterpillars for "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Butterfly
Submitted by an Unknown Friend
What You Need:
  • Tissue Paper
  • Paint, or colors, markers
  • Twisty Ties
What You Do:
  • Read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" with your children and then make a Cut out wings out of the tissue paper. Then let the kids decorate them however they want. Next put the twisty tie around the wings to make the thorax and antennas. Then put all the butterflies in a popcorn bowl. Let your kids wave books, poster board, etc. Next to the bowl and watch the bugs fly
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Coffee Filter Butterflies
Submitted by Tina
What You Need:
  • Coffee Filters
  • Spray Bottle with water
  • Washable Markers
  • Clothespins
What You Do:
  • Let kids color coffee filters, then spray them with the spray bottle, then twist and clip with clothespin. This will make the butterfly wings, the kids can then color a face and antennas on the clothespin.
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Caterpillar
Submitted by Lisa
What You Need:
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Pompoms
  • Googly Eyes
What You Do:
  • Have your children cut out a leaf from green construction paper. Next have them paint three Pompoms. They can then glue these to their leaves and make a really cute "Hungry Caterpillar"
Idea:
Use raisins or fingerprints to represent ants
Submitted by Susan
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Weave
Submitted by Paige
What You Need:
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Yarn
What You Do:
  • Have your children create several different Foods that the very hungry caterpillar would eat. Next have them cut these out. Punch holes in the foods and then weave them together with green yarn. (as if the caterpillar had ate through them)
"The Grouchy Ladybug" Lady bug
Submitted by Tina
What You Need:
  • Paper Plates
  • Paint
  • Medal Fastener (brass fastner)
What You Do:
  • Give each child two small paper plates and have them paint one as a ladybug. Next have them cut that plate in half Have them paint the second plate as a lady bug with its wings spread. Attach the two halves to the second plate with a medal fastner. Now the wings of the ladybug can open and shut!!!
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