Spring Into Fun with KOB Kids
1. Plant Pals
- One 9-or-12-ounce plastic cup
- 1 to 1 ¼ cups of potting soil
- 1 tablespoon of grass seeds (we bought rye grass at a garden center)
- Decorations, such as office dot stickers, markers, and ribbon (for safety, it should measure less than 6 inches long)
- Fill the cup halfway with soil. Divide the remaining soil in two, then have your child measure the seeds and stir them into one of these halves. Tip: To speed germination, you can first soak the seed in water overnight.
- Spoon the seed-filled soil into the cup, then top it with the remaining soil (this final layer should be about 1/8 to ¼ inch deep). Water the soil well.
- Let your child decorate the cup with stickers and markers. Finally, leave the plant in a warm, sunny spot to sprout. Water as necessary to keep the soil about as wet as a damp sponge.
2. Bee Bouquet
- Construction paper
- Pipe cleaner
- Torn strips of yellow paper
- Tape or glue
- Googly eyes
- Hold a sheet of black construction paper with the shorter ends at the top and bottom. Starting at the lower right-hand corner, roll the sheet into a cone and tape or staple the overlap. Trim the top to create a rounded head on the front side.
- Form antennae by folding a pipe cleaner in half, stapling the bend to back side of the head, then curl each tip around a small black pom-pom.
- Create stripes by wrapping torn strips of yellow paper around the cone and gluing them in place. Tape or glue on paper wings and a heart-shaped paper face complete with a drawn mouth and glued-on pom-pom eyeballs topped with googly-eye pupils.
- For a hanger, make holes in opposite side of the cone a half inch from the top. Thread a length of ribbon through the holes from inside the cone and tie each end into an overhand knot.
3. Sparkling Sun Catcher
- 2 ½ feet of 20-gauge beading wire
- 25 to 30 translucent colored beads
- Wire snips
- Spice bottle or similarly shaped object (optional, for molding)
- Clear fishing line
- Bend and twist a hanging loop at one end of the wire
- Thread a bead onto the other end of the wire and push it up until it sits about 1 inch from the bottom of the hanging loop. Bend the wire in a “Z” shape around the bead to lock it in place, pressing the wire so that it hugs the bead tightly.
- Thread on the rest of the beads using the same technique. We threaded our approximately an inch apart, but you can vary the distance. Leave at least a 1 ½ inch tail of wire after the last bead. Wrap this end snugly around the bead twice, then snip off any excess wire.
- Mold the sun catcher into a spring by very gently wrapping it around a small spice bottle or similarly shaped item. To give it a sweet egg shape, as in our finished product, gently tighten the top and bottom coils. (You can also skip the spring-molding step and turn your sun catcher into a star or ring.)
- Finally tie a length of fishing line to the loop at the top and hang the sun catcher where it can sparkle in sunlight.
4. Foam Caterpillar
- 3 foam practice golf balls
- Serrated knife
- Colored craft foam
- 18-gauge wire
- 12-inch wooden skewer
- Permanent marker
- Slice 2 balls into thirds with a serrated knife (a parent’s job)
- Cut about a dozen colored craft foam circles (for perfect circles, trace a cut ball)
- For the antennae, clip two 2- to 3-inch pieces of 18-gauge wire and curl the ends
- Draw a face on a third ball with a permanent marker, let the ink dry for 15 minutes, and insert the antennae.
- To assemble your bug, poke the craft foam circles and ball pieces in an alternating pattern on a 12-inch wooden skewer. Then top off your skewer with the ball and find a leafy home for your new friend.
5. Backyard Mural
- Old bedsheet
- Tempera paints
- Paint brushes
- Squirt bottles
- Start by soaking an old sheet in water and then hanging it on a clothesline or draping it over a fence.
- Get our various tempera paints and applications – sponges, paintbrushes, squirt bottles – and go at it, creating pictures, tic-tac-toe grids, and colorful designs. You can also mute and mix colors with a water-filled spray bottle.
- Whenever you don’t like what you see, simple hose down the canvas and start over. For art on a smaller scale, try the same techniques with a pillowcase or an old t-shirt.
6. Flowerpot Chimes
- 1 5 ¼” diameter plastic flowerpot saucer
- 5 1 ½” diameter clay pots
- Acrylic paint
- Clear acrylic finish
- Hole punch
- 5 leaf shapes cut from a soda bottle
- 5 small bells
- 11 buttons
- Paint the saucer and pots. When the paint dries, add a coat of clear acrylic finish. Let it dry.
- Using a pushpin, make a hole in the center of the plastic saucer and at four equidistant spots around the side of the saucer. Widen the holes with scissors or a compass point if needed (a parent’s job).
- To attach the outside hanging pots, cut four 1 ½-foot lengths of string.
- To make each chime, punch a hole in the end of a plastic leaf and tie it onto the end of the string. Next, slip on the bell, tie a knot about ¾ inch about the bell, thread on a button and then a pot (upside down).
- Thread the end of the string out through one of the side holes in the saucer (thread from the inside and make sure the saucer’s upside down). To fasten in place, run the string up through one hole in a button and then down through another hole and knot tightly.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 with three other pots.
- For the center pot, repeat step 4 but use a string that’s 3 ½ feet long. Also, before you thread the string through the center of the saucer, check your length (all the pots should hang at the same level, and you’ll want about 2 feet of string about the saucer). The knot the string at the corrected length.
- Attach a button above the knot, thread the string through the saucer, add another button and knot to secure.
- Tie the leftover string above the saucer into a loop to form a hanger.