Hatching Spring Craft Ideas at the YMCA

Craft #1 In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Craft #1 In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

Our child care centers have the perfect craft ideas to get your kids hopping down the bunny trail this spring. Whether you’re looking to keep your children engaged over spring break or are on the hunt for fun activities for the kids’ table at Easter, you’ll want to try out these crafts.

#1 In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

We couldn’t wait for spring to come! When it finally got here, we celebrated with a craft based on the old saying “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” You’ll want to bookmark this craft for next March.

To create the lion, cut out a smaller yellow circle and a larger brown circle. Then, paste the yellow circle in the center of the brown one. Let the kids draw a face on this ferociously cute lion with markers and crayons.

For the lamb, have the kids cut out a cloud shape with scissors and paste a small black circle on top. Next, have them draw on the eyes, nose and mouth with a white crayon, and voila! You have a cute lamb ready to welcome the month of April.

#2 Tissue Paper Tulip

Do we spy a DIY Mother’s Day gift?

Start by having the kids cut out a big tulip shape. Hand them green crayons to color in the stem, and give them squares of colorful tissue paper to paste on the petals. The result? A beautiful tulip to bring home to mom that requires no water or soil!

#3 Hatch a Baby Chick

It’s the perfect craft for older kids, and it’s well worth the effort. After all, you’ll have an adorable baby chick when you’re finished.

Start by cutting a big oval shape out of yellow paper. Trace the shape on another sheet of paper, and cut that out as well. One of the ovals will become the chick’s body, and the other will be the egg.

Next, cut one of the oval shapes in half, and create jagged edges on the sides you’ve just cut to resemble the cracking open of a shell. Holding the body shape lengthwise, attach each egg shell to either side of the oval body with a brass fastener.

Don’t forget the head and feet! Have the children decorate a face on a circle cut out of yellow paper for the chick’s head. On orange cardboard paper, cut out straight legs and pointy toes for the feet. Rotate the oval shape for the body 90 degrees, and fasten the head and feet to either side with another brass fastener.

And there you have it! The kids will have fun folding the different pieces in and out to emulate a chick hatching from an egg. It’s science and art in one project.

Craft #4 Cheery Chick

Now that your chick is hatched, it’s ready to spread its wings.

To begin this craft, have the kids cut a circle out of yellow cardboard paper. Next, have the kids trace each of their hands on the rest of the paper, and cut out those shapes with scissors. To finish, simply let the kids decorate the chick’s face with markers. For extra spunk, let them paste on orange tissue paper for the chick’s comb and beak.

#5 Fly a Kite

Flying a kite out in the windy air is a springtime tradition. While this kite craft may not exactly work outside, it is sure to brighten up your day!

Start by cutting out a diamond shape. The kids in our child care classes wrote words about what spring means to them on the inside of the shape, but you can also leave it up to them to decorate however they’d like.

From there, attach a long streamer to one corner of the diamond. For fun, we added colorful bow shapes to this streamer and let the kids practice writing words on them. The next step? Finding the perfect spot to hang up your beautiful kite.

Our Hillsborough and Somerville child care centers and afterschool programs are jam-packed with engaging, educational crafts and activities that keep kids thinking, learning and laughing. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website to learn more.

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