Wishing for Spring? That’s what inspired these cute fine-motor Spring 3D art and craft projects!
Today we are featuring three 3D craft projects that you can try to help celebrate Springtime! All three are super easy to prep for your kiddo, cheap to make, and great fine-motor practise for your child. They are also really cute and will brighten up your bookshelf or kitchen table!
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FINE MOTOR RAINBOW
Onetime was so proud of this cute little rainbow he made for St. Patrick’s Day this year. Dad was home this March Break and he wanted to keep “showing it off” to him! Cute!
You Will Need:
- pipecleaners that are R, O, Y, G, B, V
- some cotton balls
- white glue
- a block of florist’s foam
- little gold stones (or regular stones your child can paint gold)
1. With a marker, mark 6 dots in a line on each side of the foam. Show your child how to stick one end of the pipe cleaner into the dot and then help them find the opposite side dot.
You can let your child decide the colours – or talk to them about the order of the rainbow colours like we did. Not as creative, but why not add a little science in?
2. Have your child squeeze glue around the bottom of the rainbow and stick on the cotton balls. This was great fine motor learning too!
Onetime couldn’t understand at first why the glue didn’t come out until you turned the bottle upside down!
Glue down the gold nuggets as well. We were going to have a little “pot of gold”, but Onetime was done by this point. You could use a section from an egg carton and paint it black for a pot, or the top of a coffee creamer container would work too.
Onetime really liked this project and the next day, when he saw the leftover foam and pipecleaners – he wanted to play some more!
SO….he created the abstract 3D piece below.
ABSTRACT 3D “SPRING” ART
You Will Need:
- a variety of pastel-coloured and sparkly pipe cleaners cut into different lengths
- florist foam
- pastel coloured paints
1. First, have your child finger paint the block with a variety of acrylic paint colours. (I did a base colour of pink first.)
2. After its dry, give your child a bunch of different coloured plain and sparkly pipe cleaners cut into different lengths and let them go wild!
Onetime started off creating little rainbows, and then began to experiment. When I showed him how I had made a coil with one pipe cleaner, he wanted to do that.
With me holding one end secure, Onetime was able to wrap pipe cleaners around markers to create more springs. He decided just to stick these in at one end and VOILA!!! “Spring” Art!
SPRING FLOWER ARRANGEMENT CRAFT
This craft was done in two parts: first the bucket, then the flower arranging.
You Will Need:
- acrylic paint or Sharpie Oil-Based Medium Point Paint Markers to decorate the pail
- florist foam placed inside the pail
- a variety of silk/plastic flowers cut into single flowers
- a little pail
- butterflies on picks for floral arrangements
To decorate the bucket, Onetime used acrylic paint markers. They are fantastic for drawing and creating painted crafts with little mess.
We did it in stages. Onetime drew on the pail with one colour, then we read a book, then he did the second colour and we vacuumed, then the third colour etc.!
When the colours were all done, we used a glue gun to add some daisies on the sides.
Then it was the fun part! Onetime had a great time choosing where each flower would go! It was really cute watching him take his time to decide and pushing each stem into the foam.
After all the flowers were in, he added the butterflies. His arrangement was really beautiful too! He proudly announced when he was done, “It looks like Spring, Mommy!”
So, where does the Science come in? While Onetime was arranging, we talked about the different kinds of spring flowers (daffodils, tulips, crocuses and daisies).
We also discussed butterflies and how they feed on the nectar from the stamen in the blossoms of certain flowers. I showed Onetime how to roll the pick with the butterfly on it between his palms to make it look like it was fluttering and we had a few minutes of pretend butterfly feasting!
Hope you give these projects a try and enjoy them as much as we did!