Spring into crafting action by planning some creative projects for your preschooler. With the weather getting warmer and a handful of holidays to focus on during the month of March, you shouldn’t have any trouble keeping your child occupied. You can beat cabin fever with some messy, educational, edible or outdoor-based crafts.
Dr. Seuss Crafts
March is an ideal time to focus on reading and literacy. It’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd, so bust out some books to get the ball rolling. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, reading should be an important aspect of a young child’s daily life. For the month of March, read any number of Dr. Seuss’s books and do a craft to go with it. If you read “The Cat in the Hat,” make a striped hat from a paper plate and red and white construction paper. The book “Green Eggs and Ham” can inspire a homemade meal of green eggs and ham. Just add a drop of blue food coloring or smashed avocado to the eggs to accomplish this one.
During March, you’ll literally start seeing green around St. Patrick’s Day. Go with the flow and plan some green-themed craft projects for this holiday. You can start by tracing shamrock shapes on some construction paper. Let your child cut the shapes out with some kids’ scissors and decorate the shapes with green glitter and glue. He can also draw a rainbow and a pot of gold on some art paper. To finish this holiday theme, the two of you can mix up a shamrock shake with green mint chocolate chip ice cream, milk and crushed chocolate sandwich cookies.
Spring officially starts toward the end of March, so it’s time to bust out some springtime activities. Create some spring flower paintings with some non-toxic acrylic or tempera paint. Your child can use a paintbrush or even his fingers to paint his own spring scene. If you can find a plain white kite kit, your child can use washable markers to decorate it to his liking. Once the drawing is complete, finish constructing the kite kit, then take it for a test flight in a nearby park or open area.
As the weather warms up, the animals start to emerge. Planning some animal crafts during March matches up with this quite well. Offer your child a bin of dress-up clothes so he can construct the base for his animal outfit. The two of you can make animal ears out of a plastic headband, some foam sheets and tacky glue. Let your child cut and glue the ear shapes and you can help him attach them to the headband with the glue. Remember, there’s nothing wrong with his new animal species having three lopsided ears. If his creature requires a tail, decorate a tube sock with markers, stuff it with pillow stuffing and sew it on to his outfit. Some non-toxic face paint can finish off his costume. Now he can show off his true animal side.