I cannot think of springtime without thinking of all the trees that look like they have popcorn on them as they bloom. Now that spring has officially come, I thought it would be fun to do a fun craft with popcorn. Add some fun spring themed songs and poems and we created an easy project to put together that the kiddos loved. With friends over, we had ages ranging from 3 all the way to 8 and they all were able to enjoy it together.
What You Need:
- Construction paper in a variety of colors
- Card stock or other stiff paper for the back
- Popcorn – plain and already popped
- Fun spring themed songs and poems
Step 1: Have a quick discussion about springtime and the construction of a tree (trunk, limbs, etc.). My kiddos weren’t quite sure what we were doing and this helped them get some direction.
Step 2: Create ripped art trees using construction paper. Basically, create a tree by tearing strips of colored paper. We unfortunately did not have brown so the kiddos got creative with their color choices. We ended up only needing about 1/3 a sheet for a basic tree.
Step 3: Glue the strips of paper to the card stock.
Step 4: For sanity’s sake, we prepped our trees with dots of glue of where they wanted to blossoms (aka popcorn) to go and quickly moved to step 5 before our glue dried.
Step 5: Now it is time for the fun! It’s time to sing or recite our poems! Pick a few springtime words for the kiddos to listen for and when they hear them, they add a piece of popcorn to a dot of glue on their tree. You can see in the pic below that they are singing along, too!
For example, our first song we did was “Popcorn Popping” and we picked the word “pop” and “spring” to add the popcorn to the tree. You can make it as hard or as easy as you want. But since we were singing it, two words were perfect!
Here are the lyrics I found in a children’s song book (they will play it for you on the right sidebar if you need it) and if you look up the title on youtube, you can find plenty of videos, too:
I looked out the window, and what did I see?
Popcorn popping on the apricot tree!
Spring had brought me such a nice surprise,
Blossoms popping right before my eyes.
I could take an armful and make a treat,
A popcorn ball that would smell so sweet.
It wasn’t really so, but it seemed to be
Popcorn popping on the apricot tree.
Step 6: Enjoy your Spring trees! They were all pretty excited about their trees even though we did not fill them up all the way.
Skills practiced during this activity:
- ripping skills
- listening (for the key words)
- practice fine motor gluing/attaching the popcorn
- practice control and pressure when using the glue
- recognizing different textures -between the rough/bumpy feel of popcorn and smooth texture of the paper
What is your favorite Springtime song or poem?