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Ideas for spring crafting with elementary school children – flowers, trees & insects crafts

We all had our fun in the snow and enjoyed it, but slowly a certain spring mood comes to us after all. Are you feeling the same way? Today we would like to offer you some craft ideas that you can try out with children of elementary school age, suitable for the coming season. For boys and girls, made of paper and other materials, flowers, decorations and much more – among our ideas for spring crafting with elementary school children there is something for everyone.

Spring crafts with elementary school kids - flowers, insects and trees made of paper

Spring crafts in elementary school or at home can be a bit more challenging than for children in kindergarten , because the little ones have already acquired the basic skills for cutting and gluing. But that doesn’t mean they don’t still need adult help. So use our spring craft ideas with elementary school kids to spend a fun afternoon together, develop crafting skills even further, and at the same time draw the spring spirit out of everyone present.

Spring crafts with elementary school kids – pretty bracelets for girls.

Spring crafts with elementary school children - flowers from tissue paper for bracelets

Little girls will simply love this craft idea! What girl does not like to decorate herself with pretty jewelry like mom ? But even if your son has a very good girlfriend, this craft project is perfectly suitable. The finished bracelet he can then namely give away. Quickly and still very simply made – the cheerful beaded bracelets with paper flowers will make the heart of every girl beat faster. You will need:

  • Tissue paper in any colors
  • Hole punch
  • Pipe cleaner
  • scissors
  • Wooden or plastic beads

Paper flowers for spring crafting with elementary school children for making a beautiful bracelet

For this spring craft idea with elementary school kids, start by making the paper flowers. To do this, lay several layers of tissue paper in any color combination on top of each other and cut out a circle about 5 cm in diameter. You can do this freehand (irregular edges won’t be noticeable later) or use a large circle punch. Then, using a hole punch, punch two small holes through the center of all the circles and insert a pipe cleaner through the first hole from the bottom and then continue through the second hole from the top.

Colorful flower made of tissue paper on a pipe cleaner


Next, lift each layer of paper and crumple it up a bit. This way you will get a puffy flower. You can now use the bracelet like this or decorate it with beads. To do this, simply pin the beads onto the two ends of the pipe cleaner. Before you do this, you can tie the wire around the child’s wrist once to check where you need to string beads to so the bracelet doesn’t get too big. Then twist the ends together and cut off the excess.

Spring crafting with elementary school children - making jewelry for kids

Combine bright colors

Spring crafts with elementary school children for girls - bracelets with beads


This flower is just one of many variations you can use for spring crafting with elementary school children. Check out the articles below for a few more models.

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Garlands as an idea for spring crafts with elementary school children from paper

This pretty garland can decorate not only the classroom (if you want to craft with your students), but also the window in the children’s room. Thanks to the template for printing, which you can find at the end of the article, spring crafting with elementary school children will be especially easy. But of course, you can also pre-draw the elements by hand and then just let the kids cut them out. To make spring flower garlands with kids, you will need the following materials:

  • Colored paper
  • Scissors
  • glue
  • Pencil
  • glass or cup

Simple instructions for spring crafting with elementary school children for paper garlands

Print the template on green construction paper, fold the sheet lengthwise in half and then cut out the leaves and flower stems. To get circles for the flowers, you can use a compass, or you can use a plain glass/beaker and trace its outline onto colored paper. Each flower consists of a large circle, the edge of which you fringe, and a smaller one for the center. Glue the small one to the large circle and then glue the flower to the center of a stem. Now hook the stems to each other and glue two leaves to each connection. The garlands as an idea for spring crafting with elementary school children can be as long as you like.

Flowering tree with wool and tissue paper

Make a tree out of cardboard and decorate it with wool

When you think of spring, among other things, of course, you imagine the pretty flowering trees, many of which will later spoil us with delicious fruit. With the following project for spring crafting with elementary school children , you get such a pretty tree , which can subsequently decorate the wall or refrigerator. This is how the spring tree is made:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Adhesive tape
  • Tissue paper
  • Wool in green and brown

Spring tree for spring crafting with elementary school children with flowers made of tissue paper

Cut out a tree crown and trunk from the cardboard. Then take the green wool, tape the end of the thread to the crown and wrap it criss-cross with the thread. The crown does not necessarily have to be completely covered. When you are satisfied with the look, cut the thread at the back and tape the thread end down with glue (such as hot glue). Next, repeat with the brown wool for the trunk as well. Glue the trunk to the crown. Then take small pieces of tissue paper in spring colors, lightly crumple and glue these flowers to the crown of the tree.

Hanging decoration to give away in spring.

DIY decoration to hang with children craft for spring - tree in a ring

Use the same method to make the flowers for this pretty spring tree to hang. It is the perfect idea for spring crafting with elementary school children, for example, when making a gift for Mother’s Day. Here’s how to make the pendant.

  • Brown and green construction paper
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • pink tissue paper
  • glue
  • Tools for drawing circles (compasses or bowls in two sizes).
  • String for hanging

Easy instructions for paper decoration to give as a gift

Place two brown sheets of paper in front of you and draw a large circle on each. Then in one of the two circles, draw a smaller one to make a ring that you can then cut out. In the other, draw a tree and then cut it out in the same way. Now you can glue the tree onto the ring. Cut out leaves from the green paper and crumple up small pieces of tissue paper for the flowers. Distribute these elements on the tree.

An alternative variation for the tree that you can choose for this spring craft project with elementary school children is to glue it together from strips of paper, instead of drawing it in a circle and cutting it out. This is a good idea if the kids can’t draw trees themselves yet. Finally, poke a hole in the top of the ring (you can also use a hole punch for this purpose) and tie a piece of string to hang it up.

Spring crafts with elementary school children for a pretty decoration.

Spring tree from paper bag make yourself easy and fast

While we’re on the subject of trees: Using a simple paper bag, you can make such a pretty tree together with the kids and use it as a decoration to make the home match the season. Check out how easy this spring craft idea is made with elementary school kids:

  • Paper bag
  • colorful paper, pom-poms or plasticine for the flowers
  • Glue

Make a paper tree and decorate it with flowers made of paper, pom poms or plasticine

Crumple the bag lengthwise so that you have a trunk and the bottom of the bag makes a sturdy stand. Then tear the open side several times to get the branches. For this purpose, press these strips tightly together and shape as you like in different directions. Tear out small pieces of green paper for the leaves and slightly larger pieces of pink, pink and/or white paper for the flowers, crumpling them together. Then glue one flower to each green leaf and these in turn to the branches at random places. Instead of paper for the flowers, you can also use pom-poms or beads of plasticine.

Bread bag turn into a tree for spring, summer and autumn

By the way, you can also make a tree like this to match other seasons. Instead of the flowers, for example, apples can be made from red pom-poms for summer or from silk or other paper colorful autumn leaves . Or how about some hearts for Valentine’s Day?

Simple craft ideas for elementary school for spring – butterflies.

Spring crafts with elementary school children - butterflies from tissue paper in bright colors

Tissue paper is really easy to work with, as you have already seen, and its delicate texture also makes all crafts look extra pretty. In spring, when all the flowers start to bloom, the first butterflies also finally appear. So they fit perfectly as a motif and symbol when it comes to spring crafts with elementary school kids. How about such beautiful butterflies made of tissue paper?

  • Tissue paper
  • String or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaner

Craft instructions for a fan made of tissue paper for butterfly wings

Place two sheets of tissue paper in two different colors on top of each other and fold them once across the middle. Place the paper in front of you with the fold facing down and fold it like an accordion. Then cut out small triangles in the middle and at the folds on both sides and tie string or a pretty ribbon. Cut the two compartments you now have on both sides down the center to the ribbon. Tie a pipe cleaner around the paper, where the ribbon is also, and cut the edges of the wings round. Shape the two ends of the wire to look like antennae. Finished is the project for spring crafting with elementary school children.

In elementary school for spring make your own butterflies

Ladybugs from children’s hands for spring crafting with children.

Spring crafting insects - idea for a creative ladybug

An old CD is the basis for this recycling craft project . But if you don’t have one handy, you can simply cut out a circle of black craft cardboard instead, which will then serve the same function – representing the body of the ladybug. For the variant for spring crafting with elementary school children with CD you will need the following:

  • old CD
  • black acrylic paint and brush
  • red and black construction paper (alternatively, black pipe cleaners for the antennae)
  • glue
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • black felt pen

Recycle CD and make wings for ladybugs with handprints

Use black acrylic paint to paint the CD. Let the paint dry and apply another coat if necessary. While the paint is drying, you can make the wings for the ladybug. To do this, draw the outline of the child’s hands on red paper and cut them out. Then the child can paint black dots with a felt-tip pen. Glue the hands onto the CD. Then you still need the antennae, which you can either cut out of black paper or make from pipe cleaners.

Little bees from toilet rolls

Cute bees made from toilet rolls and newspaper

Aren’t these little bees just cute! In spring, bees also start “hopping” from flower to flower, delighting us with their pleasant buzzing. Collect the toilet rolls, because they are the perfect base for such homemade bees . Gather the following materials and start spring crafts with elementary school children right away:

  • Clour roll
  • Stapler
  • acrylic paints in yellow and black and brushes
  • black pipe cleaners
  • Wiggle eyes
  • newsprint or white construction paper for the wings
  • glue
  • scissors
  • Pencil
  • Shish kebab or other pointed object for poking holes

Paint toilet roll yellow and black and form a bee

Paint the roll yellow first (two coats if necessary) and, once the paint dries, the black stripes. While the colors are drying on the toilet roll, you can cut out the wings and crush the pipe cleaners for legs, antennae and spines. Now take the roll, press the edges inward on two opposite sides and staple the straight sides together. Repeat on the other side, this time also stapling a piece of pipe cleaner for the stinger.

Then poke three holes in each of the sides of the bee body you have obtained, and in these holes again poke the little legs. Then make two more holes in the head area for the antennae and glue on the wiggly eyes and then the wings. Done!

Homemade bee with toilet paper roll and pipe cleaners

Template for flower garland