As parents and preschool teachers, we know that developing fine motor skills is so important. With spring just around the corner, why not have a little artsy fun with this spring craft for preschoolers. These also happen to make beautiful Mother’s Day gifts.
And you can grab a FREE printable template at the end of this post, too!
It’s not very often that I offer my preschoolers an actual craft to create (as my regular readers know how much I love process art), so when I do offer a craft it is because I have ulterior motives.
To develop fine motor skills.
And this spring craft is packed full of them!
But if you’re looking for a simple spring craft for your preschoolers, this one is awesome. And the preschoolers can make these for Mother’s Day, too!
Could you imagine a bouquet of them?! The printable template at the end of this post has two sizes, just for that reason!
Daffodil Spring Craft for Preschoolers
Just a few simple steps to this bright and colorful flower craft! I love yellow daffodils because they are such a welcome after winter. But yellow and orange are such cheerful colors, they bring smiles all year long. (Think preschool moms on Mother’s Day).
Materials for the Daffodil Craft
- heavy cardstock
- white cupcake liner (for smaller version)
- coffee filter (for larger version)
- yellow or orange Do-a-Dot marker (or any other marker, really)
- yellow and/orange tissue paper
- liquid school glue
- craft stick
- green paint (unless you use a green craft stick)
There isn’t much to prepare in advance for this project. I actually just free-handed the daffodil shape onto the cardstock, but if you’d rather you can grab a free printable template at the end of the post. I just used the cupcake liner as a guide for how big to make the flower.
If your preschooler isn’t very confident in their scissor skills, then you might want to consider cutting out the daffodil for your preschooler. Admittedly, I cut mine out in advance because I didn’t want my preschoolers to get too frustrated.
The Spring Craft for Preschoolers that Develops Fine Motor Skills
Start by painting the craft sticks green if you are not using pre-colored craft sticks. Set them aside and allow to dry.
Use the Do-a-Dot marker to add color to the center of the cupcake liner (or coffee filter). Not to be too technical, since we are talking about crafting with preschoolers, but I loved the flowers best when the preschooler had left the edges of the liners white. Set those aside.
Next, you either want to cut the tissue paper into small pieces, probably no bigger than two inches square, or your preschoolers can tear the paper. Cutting the tissue paper will probably be difficult for some preschoolers, so you can always opt to have them tear the paper.
Since tissue paper is so flimsy (which is what makes it so challenging to cut), I help my preschoolers by having them lay the paper on the table, rather than holding it in the air in front of them.
Next, glue down the cupcake liner to the center of the flower cut-out. For this craft, it was easier to have my preschoolers use a paintbrush to brush liquid school glue on instead of having them squeeze dots of glue.
Then, they got to crumpling the tissue paper and adding little bits all over the flower template, creating the prettiest texture.
Once the flower is completely covered with tissue paper, just glue it onto the green craft stick and allow to dry completely. You can add a pretty ribbon to make it extra special if you are using this as a Mother’s Day craft, too.
Encouraging Fine Motor Development
Each step of this craft requires fine motor work. Scissor cutting helps develop hand strength and muscle control. Tearing paper requires the use of the tripod grasp. The same is true for crumpling the tissue paper. Bonus points if you did let your preschooler make dots of liquid glue because squeezing activities are fantastic for developing hand strength.
Do you have a favorite spring craft for preschoolers that works on their fine motor development?
Get Your Spring Craft Printable Template
Don’t want to free-hand the flower? No problem! I made a template for you with some clipart. Now, the clipart has a few extra lines, so just flip it over and use the backside after you cut it out.
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction