Make some colorful beaded garden ornaments in this simple craft for kids perfect for spring! Children can gain fine motor practice while using their creativity to create these beautiful decorations for your outdoor garden or potted plant!
Spring Craft: Beaded Garden Ornaments
I’m so excited to introduce you to a book I’ve absolutely fallen in love with, The Artful Year! It’s Jean Van’t Hul’s newest book, and it’s full of so many quality activities to do with your kids all year long. I’ll be sharing an activity I tried out from the book with both Lucy and Theo and also give you a brief overview of what the book is all about. You are going to love it!
Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary copy of this book to review. All thoughts and opinions are definitely my own, and I only share things I love and think you will too! See my full disclosure policy here. This post contains affiliate links.
About The Artful Year
I’ve been a fan of Jean Van’t Hul of The Artful Parent for years! Her site is somewhere I know I can always go for ways to inspire creativity in my kids that are simple, meaningful, and doable. Her newest book, The Artful Year, is kind of like having her site right at your fingertips! It’s full of hands-on, family-frienldy activities just like her blog.
The over 175 kids’ activities in The Artful Year are organized by season. (LOVE this!) Each seasonal section contains ways to explore nature, arts & crafts, and even recipes you can bake with your kids! After reading the entire book, I’ve found it to be full of so much inspiration. I love that it’s not overwhelming- I feel like I really can do each of these activities with the kids and share some quality family time together while doing them.
Beaded Garden Ornaments
One of the projects that first stood out to me was the colorful beaded garden ornaments. The kids and I have been busily preparing for spring over the last few weeks- planting seeds and working in our fairy garden- so I thought these cheerful garden ornaments would be a wonderful addition to all our spring preparations!
I gathered the supplies we needed, and the kids and I sat around the table to get started.
Both Theo (age 3) and Lucy (age 6) were so immersed in the activity. Theo was quite proud of each beaded strand he created for the garden ornaments all on his own, while Lucy was busy giving names to each colored bead she encountered. (Beach sea blue and flower pink were some of my favorites!) We really enjoyed the time creating together as a family!
When our beaded garden ornaments were finished, we tried them out in different places- our indoor house plants, outside in our yard, and in our fairy garden.
In the end the kids decided our fairy garden was the destination that would house our finished ornaments!
We had such a great experience just doing this one activity from The Artful Year, that I’m excited by all the future projects we’ll do together from the book. I know we have all kinds of wonderful family memories that will be created all year inspired by The Artful Year!
More Information about The Artful Year
You can get your own copy of The Artful Year on Amazon. (It’s currently the #1 new release in family activity books!)
You can also learn more about The Artful Year by following along with the blog tour where you’ll find more activities shared from the book, interviews with the author, and even giveaways to win your own copy!