Spring Nature Hunt Flower Craft

We are so excited to join our friend Karyn over at Teach Beside Me as she complies a week’s worth of Spring Learning and Play activities! Stop over and see what has been added to her spring themed blog hop.  Have you done any Spring-themed activities?  Link them up!

Spring Fun!

We have been loving the warmer weather recently.  Digging up worm, running around the yard, and playing in the dirt is happening daily around here!
We went for a Nature Hike one day recently and took along a bucket to collect all kinds of fun Spring-y items: flowers, acorn tops, tree buds, blossoms…
When we got back to the house, we did a little crafting with our Spring Treasures. 
I cut out some tulip shapes from cardstock and contact paper.  The kids created a collage of our collected items.
Baby Girl (18 months) loved this activity!
((look at those knuckle dimples!  The chubby belly! The dirty fingernails! I can’t stand the cuteness in this picture!!))
The kids stuck the nature treasures onto the contact paper and we glued the cardstock to the contact paper to keep the little bits in place.
 We taped a green popsicle stick to each flower and placed them into a basket of paper filler.

It’s a pretty Spring reminder of our fun Nature Hike!
Have you gone on a Nature Hike this spring?  Found any treasures?  What did you do with them?

Make Your Own Colored Sand

 We have been playing outside so much recently.  Our sandbox is right outside and the kids are in there daily. We added a little color to some of the sand this week and have been having fun with our colored sand!

 How to make Colored Sand

 We made a simple batch of colored sand very easily.  Big Sister helped me with this and we had fun while the little kids were napping.
So how did we make our colored sand?
Scoop a little sand into plastic baggies.
Add around 10-15 drops of food coloring.
Seal the baggie and shake it up. (great for some gross motor play!!)
Let the sand dry and have fun playing.  We left our sand right in the open baggies and let it dry overnight.  If you wanted to play right away, you could spread the sand out on a tray and it would dry much sooner.
using food coloring to make colored sand
add food coloring to baggies of sand
So the next day, we spread the sand out on a tray and played!  She loves making pictures in the sand and telling stories (like Nina on Sprout!)  This was such a fun activity.  She told me all kinds of stories, made words, and we practiced some lower case letter formation.

Use Colored Sand on a Tray for Letter Learning

Big Sister is knows how to make most lowercase letters and can copy all of the letters.  This is a great activity for letter formation and practicing handwriting.  The sand adds a sensory aspect to letter formation. Using a large tray like this one adds whole arm movements which are perfect for the young child who is just learning letter formation.  I love the contrast that the white tray adds to the colored sand.
We played for a long time with this (again during Little Kid nap time).
colored sand on tray for child to form letters
Of course, when you have bags of colored sand, you have to mix the colors together to see what happens 🙂
How can you grade this activity for different aged children?
  • Toddlers would love to explore the colors and sensation of the sand on their fingers.
  • Pre-writers can copy and trace shapes, zig-zag and intersecting lines
  • Early writers can trace upper case letters.
  • Older hand-writers can copy a word from a card positioned off to the side. 
  • Practice spelling words with school-aged kids.
We saved our bags of colored sand and will be using them again.  Have you done any projects with colored sand?