• Arts and Crafts Project of the Month: Spring Fling - 3 Fun Spring Crafts for All Ages

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    Welcome to our second installment in our Arts and Craft Project of the Month Series! Each month Secular Homeschool will feature an art or craft project that you can do with your homeschoolers. Whether or not you are artsy, these will be easy, fun and perfect to do as a family. I will include several fun facts that relate to the featured project, so check the bottom of the page for learning opportunities as you craft.


    Our world has changed a bit in the last few weeks; many of us are stuck at home kids are starting to get a little cabin fever and drive us bonkers. Our Arts and Crafts Projects of the Month is here to help you. Not only will it give you something to change up your homeschooling day, but it can be used with stuff you already have around the house. No need to run to the store. Stay home, stay safe and craft with your kids.


    This month, because kids of all ages are home, I am giving you several ideas of things to create. Create one, create all--that is up to you. Have fun, get messy and adjust any of these as needed based on the supplies you have on hand. Letís get crafty with some homeschool art projects.

    Project 1: Fork Flower Painting

    Level: easy
    Good for all ages but great for younger ages with adult help because of scissor use.

    Supplies


    • Copy paper
    • Paint (think flower colors; blue, yellow, orange, pink, etc.): tempura, acrylic, fingerpaint (any paint will do, just remember not all is washable once dried)
    • Plastic forks (real forks can be used, just be sure to use washable paint)
    • Markers or crayons
    • Green construction paper, if you have it
    • Scissors
    • Glue or glue stick
    • Disposable plate for paint
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    Instructions:

    1. Take your disposable paper plate. Place small dabs of paint on it. Make sure to leave room between colors so they donít mix.
    2. Lay out your sheet of copy paper. You can tape the top edge down to stop it moving around.
    3. I suggest 1 fork for each color unless you want to work on color mixing.
    4. Use the back of the fork to lie in the paint and then place it on the paper. Depending on the fork, you may have to rock it to coat it with paint completely.
    5. You can create flower shapes such as a tulip with a single fork pressing, repeated fork pattern to create a daisy, multiple layers to create a mum. Use your imagination. There is no wrong flower. Let dry.
    6. Take your marker or crayon and draw stems, grass, leaves.
    7. You can also use green construction paper and scissors to create 3-dimensional leaves, gluing them in place.
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    Personal Note
    : The younger kids needed more assistance to get a good pressing. The older kids wanted to decorate their page more with sky, clouds, birds.

    Fun Facts:

    • Several centuries ago, in Holland, tulips were more valuable than gold. My yard must be worth a fortune!
    • Broccoli is actually a flower. And tasty steamed with some cheese!
    • The largest Flower in the world is the flower of the Puya raimondii, which has a potential overall flower height of 50 feet tall and bears over 8,000 white flowers. Now this, I would like to see. WOW!



    Project 2: Toilet Paper Tube Butterfly

    Level: Easy/Medium
    It can be adjusted for all ages. Adult help may be needed for folding the paper and the use of scissors.


    Supplies:

    • Copy paper
    • Toilet paper tube
    • Paint (any colors): tempura, acrylic, fingerpaint (any paint will do, just remember not all is washable once dried)
    • Paintbrush
    • Markers or crayons
    • Chenille stems/pipe cleaners
    • Scissors
    • Glue or glue stick
    • Disposable plate for paint
    • Googly Eyes or a Sharpie, if you donít have googly eyes.
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    Instructions:

    1. Take your disposable paper plate. Place small dabs of paint on it. Make sure to leave room so they donít mix.
    2. Lay out your sheet of copy paper. You can tape the top edge down if you are worried about it moving around. You will be folding this in half once painted so make it easy to remove.
    3. Have your child paint Ĺ the paper. You can draw a line if needed. It doesnít matter what direction this is done on the paper, just only paint Ĺ. Make sure they are generous with their paint, but not soak it.
    4. Pick it up and fold it in half, you are basically making a mirror image of what they painted. Younger kids will need to be assisted with this, older kids should be fine on their own. Press it down evenly, trying not to smear your hand (unless you want to, might create something cool). Open it, check out how cool it looks. How well did it transfer? Set it aside to dry.
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    5. While that is drying, grab your toilet paper tubeÖ I assume you have some laying around. Might as well put them to good use and entertain the kids at the same time. Paint it whatever color(s) they want. Set aside to dry.
    6. Now that everything is dry, fold the painted copy paper in half again. Cut out a butterfly wing shape. Again, younger may need adult help with this while older kids can do it on their own. It doesnít have to be perfect. Open back up and lay on the table.
    7. Glue the toilet paper tube in the center of the wings. Liquid glue or glue stick. FYI: Glue stick dries faster but liquid glue holds better.
    8. Glue on or draw on eyes.
    9. Draw legs on the body aka toilet paper tube with the markers or crayons.
    10. Create antennae out of 2 pieces of pipe cleaner, glue them at the top of the toilet paper tube. And you are done. Set it aside to dry.
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    Personal Note
    : Cooler, damp areas take longer for both paint and glue to dry. Here in the Pacific Northwest, during the rainy season, it can take several days for projects to get done. I did not have any chenille stems but I did have paper string and used that instead. Adapt these projects for what you have on hand.

    Fun Facts:

    • Butterflies are unable to fly at temperatures below 55 degrees. Brrrrr!
    • Butterflies are near-sighted. They can only see about 10-12 feet clearly. Bug glasses are a fun way to experience this!
    • Butterflies taste with their feet. Bet your kids are going to try this today!


    Project 3: Paper Plate Woven Rainbow

    Level : Medium
    Elementary age and up. Adult help may be needed to get weaving started.

    Supplies:


    • Paper Plate
    • Blue and White Paint: tempura, acrylic, fingerpaint (any paint will do, just remember not all is washable once dried).
    • String; white is best but any string will do.
    • Assorted colors of yarn, embroidery thread, string or even thin strips of fabric. Rainbow colors are what we are going for but whatever you have on hand works.
    • Scissors
    • Tape
    • Disposable plate for paint
    • 1 pony bead* (or any bead or button will do)
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    Instructions:


    1. Take your disposable paper plate. Place small dabs of blue and white paint on it. Make sure to leave room so they donít mix. These are the only 2 colors you need for this project.
    2. Cut your paper plate (not the one with the paint on it) in Ĺ. You can either make 2 projects or save the other Ĺ for a rainy day.
    3. Paint the plate blue. Let dry.
    4. Paint clouds on the plate. Let dry.
    5. Cut 5 slits across the bottom flat section of the plate, small. About Ĺ an inch at the most. Cut 1 slit at the top of the arc of the plate. Again, Ĺ an inch at the most.
    6. Take your string and you want to wrap the plate using these slits to create 5 lines from a center point at the top, to the 5 slits at the bottom. Tape ends on the back of the plate so they stay. You can use any tape but you donít want these to break loose in the middle of weaving so something sturdy.
      *Instead of taping, I tied 1 pony bead to the end and used that as an anchor at the top. Wrapped my five strands and was able to secure the end back to the pony bead to keep it tied off and taut.
      spring-art-project-plate-woven-rainbow-back-project-jpg
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    7. Now, take whatever material you have on hand; yarn, embroidery thread, pieces of fabric. The key is to assemble it in a typical rainbow pattern of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple but depending on what you have adjust as needed.
    8. Weave it in and out along the 5 lines. Push it to the bottom of the plate once woven so it is tight. Continue with the next color. Repeat until done.
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    Personal Note: You can also use grey paint and create a cloudy sky. You could also use only red, orange and yellow to create a sunrise/sunset effect. As you can see, I didnít complete my rainbow. My clouds were still wet and I was trying to keep my string clean as it will be re-used later this week.

    Fun Facts:
    • Rainbows are hardly seen at noon. Weird!
    • A rainbow arch is a 42-degree angle starting from the direction opposite from the sun. Math!
    • You cannot touch a rainbow as it has no physical appearance. Bummer!


    Overall Personal Note: I recommend having something to put down on your work area, such as an old sheet, a trash bag, newspaper. You donít want to find out later, that the paint they spilled was not washable and ruined your dining table. Been there, done that. Also having wipes (hard to come by right now, soÖ) or wet rags is a good idea for cleaning up spills, hands and whatever else happens.. like the cat runs across the table, across the paint. Again, been there, done that. Donít want to talk about it. Homeschool life!

    If you have any questions, comments or just want to chat, feel free to email me [email protected]
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