As April showers wash away the snow and slush, we start to see the world around us transform once again. When the trees start to bloom and the grass turns back to green, it gets harder to stay inside. However, you can bring the outdoors in with these April crafts for kids that feature colorful collections and Earth Day fun!
1: Use Tissue for a Masterpiece
There are so many influential people in the world to talk about in history class or during art. With this project, you can enhance research skills by having them look up Claude Monet and looking at his art. Then, you can use this fun April craft for students to help them create their own masterpiece. To complete this project you only need a few things. All you need is a small canvas, a variety of tissue paper colors, and some glue. You can allow students to be as creative as you would like. When it’s all done, you can create a wonderful wall display with your students’ artwork.
2: April Crafts for Kids that are too Tweet!
With birds flying back from their warmer homes, the familiar tweet is going to start filling the air. You can help your students understand migration and how birds create new homes each year with this April craft for kids. First, you need to get all of your materials: a paper plate, blue paint, some brown strings of paper, twigs, or packing strips, and a lot of glue! While your students are painting, you can cut out a general shape of the bird for your students or allow them to do it as well. There is so much you can do with this fun craft! Plus, you won’t have one that looks like the other!
3: Tell a Story with The Ugly Duckling
Whether you are going to use this fun April craft for kids with the short story The Ugly Duckling or you’re going to use this craft as a self-esteem activity, it is sure to be a hit! In order to do this project, all you need is any color piece of paper, some white, black, and orange construction paper, and some paints. Much like the bird art project, your students can do anything they want to make their beautiful swans. Whether you want to make this a project that is done in one sitting or multiple, the story, the message, and the art project will be memorable for your students.
4: An April Craft for Kids that Puts the World in Their Hands
Earth Day is a great day to celebrate. However, depending on what you do, it can be hard to keep kids focused if there’s an activity later in the day. This Earth Day craft is wonderful for not only working with different art mediums but also for talking about how we can take care of the earth. With this project, you literally place the earth inside your hands which is a wonderful metaphor!
5: Have Fun with Cotton Ball Cherry Blossoms
If your students aren’t aware of the cherry blossom festival that happens in Washington, D.C., this is an excellent opportunity to do some research and writing. You can also do a gallery walk showing what cherry blossoms look like in different parts of the world. Finally, with the help of paint and cotton balls, your students can make their own cherry blossoms. Then, you can invite other staff or administration to talk a walk through their beautiful scenery. At various spots in the tour, have your students tell facts about the cherry blossoms around the world.
6: Sweet Cupcake Liner Earth Day Flowers
Another great way to talk about keeping earth beautiful on Earth Day is by putting the earth at the center of a daisy. All you need is the printout of the earth your students will color, some construction paper, and a white cupcake line. To add academic writing, ask students to write what it means to take care of the earth. They could write this on another piece of paper or in a cloud they draw in the background.
7: Recycle April Crafts for Kids with an Earth Day Newspaper Painting
A great way to talk about the importance of recycling on Earth Day is with April crafts for kids that promote the idea! With this newspaper painting, you can use any page of the newspaper but one with more words than pictures is best. Then, you just need watercolors! Help students by drawing the design on the board. Then, let them take creative control! To add academics, have students do a recycling drive beforehand to collect newspapers.
8: Hold the Earth in Your Hands
This wonderful April craft for kids takes an Earth Day activity and makes it personal with a picture! Take a picture of each of your students with their hands up like they are holding a ball. Then, using a simple coffee filter and markers, have students color the earth. When that is complete, add some water to the filter and let them dry to create a unique earth look!
9: Bring Earth to Life
Another easy and free April craft for kids includes a cute little Earth Day figure. Using simple step-by-step instructions and basic materials, your students can make a personified version of earth. Have students add some narrative and geography skills by telling a story for this cute little guy!
10: Field of Tulips Cotton Bud Painting
The Tulip Festival is one of the most amazing things to see this time of year. While many of us will never get to experience it, you and your students can make your own! After talking about the Tulip Festival, have your students take the time to paint rows of colorful tulips with a Q-Tip. This craft is low maintenance and allows your students to be incredibly creative.
Spring is a wonderful time of year full of possibilities. Have fun with your students with these great April crafts for kids and learn about Earth Day along the way!
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