5 Spring Art Projects that Teach Children about God’s Creation
“See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land” (Song of Solomon 2:11-12).
Last week I overheard a woman talking about the month of March with her friend. She said that March is full of hope, because it starts in winter, but it ends in spring. I believe that it is more than that. March is full of hope, because with the beginning of spring we get to witness the growth and renewal of God’s creation. For many of us it seems that winter has lasted for a long time. Finally there is an occasional warm breeze and spring is on its way, bringing with it the hope for new life and rebirth. Spring reminds us of the miracle of creation, and the resurrection that is possible through Christ.
Genesis 1:14 shows that on the fourth day of creation God created the seasons, “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years.’” In the same chapter, God speaks and the earth brings forth an abundance of vegetation. As spring progresses, we get to witness how this abundance that God created grows out of the winter soil and brings us hope.
At the beginning of March it is still only almost spring, still a little bit cold and a little bit gray. To celebrate the forthcoming abundance of life outside with your children, try decorating the inside of your house with these spring art projects, which are each suited to children in different age groups:
Age 2-4: Bird Nest with chicks. This is one of the spring art projects that is relatively simple and will be fun for young children. While you are making a bird’s nest, you can talk to your child about the fact God cares about even the smallest parts of creation, like birds in nests. He takes care of us just as a mother bird takes care of her chicks.
Age 4-6: Button Bloom Trees. Help your children to paint the trunk of a tree and then allow them to make the branches bloom with colorful buttons! While your children are working, remind them that God brings new life each spring, and makes our life bloom. You can ask your children what beautiful thing in their life they want to thank God for.
Age 5-7: Butterfly Sun Catcher. Butterflies are one of the most beautiful creatures in God’s creation. As your child decorates his or her butterfly’s wings and then places it in the window to catch the sunlight, you can explain how butterflies start out as caterpillars, and are transformed by God’s grace.
Age 7-12: Painted Daisy Mason Jars. This craft is among the spring art projects that allow you to repurpose a used object and brighten a room preemptively, before it is quite spring outside. Children get to explore their God-given creativity by painting. At the same you can take the opportunity have a conversation about how the old is made new through God.
All ages: Eggshell Garden. Depending on the age of your child, you may need to provide more or less help for this craft. This video can also provide some additional instruction. For any aged child (or adult), this is an opportunity to see the wonder of God’s creation and the way He grows a plant out of a seed up close.
For many people, winter seems long and dark. It can be difficult to remember the light and beauty of God’s creation. The coming of spring, the growth of plants, and the birth of young animals is a powerful reminder of God’s glory. In these early days of spring, praise God by exploring the wonders of his creation.