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Spring gives us so much cuteness in the form of baby animals and who can resist a fluffy baby chick?! Made with recycled cardboard and paint, use the same technique to create bunnies and any other baby animal of the season!

Start with: 

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardstock
  • Shredded, crinkled paper
  • Optional: upcycled plastic lids and pom poms for eyes but cardstock works just fine too!

Create it!

Step 1: Paint cardboard and allow to dry.

Step 2: For the body, cut 7-8 strips, approximately 5 inches by 1/2 inch from painted cardboard.

Step 3: Place glue in center of strip and lay another strip on top. Continue until strips form a circle.

Step 4: Repeat Steps 2-3 with 5-6 strips, approximately 3 inches by 1/2 inch in size.

Step 5: Gule smaller circle to top of larger circle, creating head and body.

Step 6: Create eyes from cardstock or upcycled items.

Step 7: Cut triangle beak from orange cardstock.

Step 8: Glue eyes and beak to head.

Step 9: Glue shredded, crinkled paper on body for downy feathers.

Such a fun decoration and made primarily from recycled cardboard!

We've put a festive Easter twist on a simple pinwheel - a fun craft to make together!

Start with:

  • Colored paper or light cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Paper fastener
  • Glue
  • Pom poms
  • Paper straw
  • Optional - paper punch

Create it!

Step 1: Start with a square piece of colored paper or cardstock.

Step 2: Fold square in half diagonally both ways.

Step 3: At each corner of the square, cut halfway down fold line.

Step 4: With paper fastener (or paper punch) create hole in center of square as well as every other corner portion created by cutting to the middle of the line.

Step 5: Fold ends with hole down to center and secure each time with the paper fastener to create pinwheel.

Step 6: Cut two ears from pink paper and glue to two of the pinwheel points for ears.

Step 7: Cut whiskers from white paper or cardstock and glue to each side of the secured paper fastener.

Step 8: Glue pom pom to top of paper fastener.

Step 9: Secure paper fastener to end of straw.

Holidays are such fun times to create festive crafts! Wishing you a very "Hoppy" Easter!

Paper plates are such an easy and inexpensive crafting material. And, it's likely you already have some on hand! We couldn't resist making a snake with a small stack!

Start with: 

  • Paper plates
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun* or glue
  • Optional - plastic eyes or paper punch, cardstock 

*We recommend adults use the glue gun to protect little hands.

Create it!

Step 1: Cut the textured portion off of a paper plate (save one center for head and eyes).

Step 2: Cut textured portions into approximately 4 inch to 6 inch segments.

Step 3: Glue the ends of each of the sections to form small ringed sections.

Step 4: Paint the ringed sections and allow to dry.

Step 5: Glue the rings together to form the body of the snake. Make it as long or short as you wish!

Step 6: Fold sides of circle created from cutting off textured portion of paper plate on each side. Glue folds down and fold shape in half once to form snake head. 

Step 7: Paint head and allow to dry.

Step 8: Attach head to snake body with glue. (Our snake head was slightly larger than the body so we cut small slits on each side to fit.)

Step 9: Use plastic eyes or cut out eye from leftover paper plate and paint dot in center (or, we used some scrap cardstock for the pupil). Cut tongue. Glue eyes and tongue to snake.

Such a fun project to make together - so many colorful options!

 

Loose parts leave room for so much creative play! This simple activity incorporates lose parts- mostly items that would end up being recycled - for a fun build your own robot activity!

Start with:

  • Cardboard Square
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Loose Parts (pom poms, buttons, wooden shapes, etc.)

Create it!

Step 1: Paint cardboard and allow to dry.

Step 2: If you don't already have one, assemble a loose parts tray with items like bottle/container tops, pieces of paper straws, beads, etc.)

Step 3: Take turns making silly robot faces together!

This activity is really fun to do together! See how many different variations can be made using the same simple loose parts!