Explore Catkins with a Pussy Willow Preschool Craft

Exploring catkins is fun and easy for kids with this spring craft. The simple materials have interesting colors and textures, and promote fine motor and creative play. Add this pretty pussy willow craft to your spring activities. 

Spring pussy willows preschool craft

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Spring is a season for new growth - flowers and plants and even weeds are sprouting up everywhere.

The pussy willow is one plant that is seen in many areas, recognized for its soft furry 'paws' or catkins. 

This pussy willow craft is a fun way for kids to reproduce this popular plant with simple materials.

 

Pussy willow craft

For this craft, you can use natural branches you collect on a field trip, or use artificial stems from a dollar store.

  •  Enjoy a nature walk to see if you can spot catkins and other interesting plants that sprout in spring.

We used artificial stems with the original flowers removed (we'll save those for another activity!).

Kids will be excited either way to create a beautiful bunch of pussy willows for a spring decoration.

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 Supplies  

Supplies include branches and cotton balls and glue to make pussy willows preschool craft

 

  • branches or artificial stems
  • cotton balls
  • glue

 

Instructions

Add glue to cotton ball on stem node in catkins craft

 

1. Place a cotton ball behind a node on the branch or stem.

2. Squeeze a dab of glue onto the node and the cotton ball.

 

Wrap cotton ball firmly around glue to secure to stem

 

3. Pinch cotton ball closed around the node and hold for a moment to secure.

 Catkins spring craft for kids

 

 4. Continue gluing cotton balls to other nodes along the branch.

The process is so simple but so effective!

 

 Spring season kids catkins craft

 

spring catkin pussy willow preschool craft

 

5. Display the pussy willows in a vase with some leaves or other stems.

 

This activity engages fine motor skills, and adds sensory creative experiences to daily play.

Making pussy willows is a fun craft to add to your spring activities at home or at school.

 

Learn more about catkins and pussy willows: 

Growing Pussy Willow with Kids from Sloely

Exploring Catkins with Kids from Sloely

Spring Up Your Classroom with Pussy Willows from Teach Preschool

Finger Print Pussy Willows from Meaningful Mama

Pussy Willows Spring Craft from Inner Child Fun

 

 

 More Spring fun!

bird nest craft for preschoolers for spring

 

 17 Butterfly crafts and activities for preschoolers from preschooltoolkit.com

 

 


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