Spring Ideas

This is a fun project to do when spring arrives.  This is a close up of the project.  To see the bulletin board for more pictures, click on the photo below. 

Each child was given a birdhouse that had been traced on a wallpaper scrap.  The birds were made by stapling 6 strips of 1/2 inch x 12 inch pieces of construction paper.  They were stapled very close to one end for the head.  The bird is made by fanning out the strips to make the front of the bird.  Three of the feathers (shorter ones on the underneath side are turned down for the tail.  Three of the longer strips are pulled up to make the rest of the tail.  Hope this makes sense! 

The birdhouses were made using wallpaper book scraps.  We mounted the houses on a 9x12 piece of construction paper.  The hole on the birdhouse is approximately a  2 inch black circle.  The top frame of the house is 5 1/2 inches long and one inch wide.  The bottom frame where the name is written is 7 1/2 inches x 1 inch.  We attached a post to the bottom of the house that was 3 inches x 1 1/2 inches.  The longest part of the house is about 8 inches and it is about 6 1/2 inches wide.  Hope these measurements help you.





March Poetry 
I had a little kite, and

I said to it, "Up you go."

I ran with all my might

And said, "Blow, wind, blow."


Under the Rainbow
(tune:  Up on the Housetop)

First comes the rain cloud passing by

Dropping raindrops in my eye!

Then comes the sunshine up so high

Now a rainbow in the sky!

Yea-Yea-Yea-who wouldn't go? 


(Tune: Old MacDonald)
In the spring there is a month,
And in that month we have some fun,
With a shamrock here…
And a leprechaun there…
Here a M, there a A,
Everywhere a R-C-H,
In the spring there is a month,

Leprechaun, Leprechaun

By Jean Warren


       Leprechaun, leprechaun,

       Come hunt with me.

       How many green things can we see?

       We found a green (______) under a tree.

       We found a green (_______) next to me.

       We found a green (_______) on the ground.

       We found green (_________) all around.









Spring Birds

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These birds were created using the TLC method.  Each child was given a square or rectangle to cut the parts of the bird's body with the exception of the wings.  The wings were made by tracing each child's hand. 

Approximate sizes of paper:

Head  5 1/2 inch square

Body  12x7 inch rectangle

Breast  9x4 rectangle

Eyes  1 inch square for white and smaller for black

Beak  1 1/2 inch x 1 inch rectangle

These sizes can be scaled up or down depending the size that you want.