Spring Clothespin GameApril 18, 2012 3:22 am Crafts, Kid's Crafts, Printables, Seasons, Spring
By Crafts for Learning Contributor, Danielle from the blog Crayonbox Learning.
The Spring Clothespin game is a fun, and flexible game that can be adapted to the age group you’re working with, skills, and themes. The template that I have included in this tuturial features a tulip, but any character or theme can be substituted.
On the first example, I put words on the flower pots. The object of the game is to find the rhyming word in the bubble that matches. The correct answer is clipped with a colorful wood clothespin.
In the second example featurings simple math problems written on the tulip, with the answer being in the bubble that is clipped by the small wooden clothespin. I put pre-cut cards in a cute cello bag, including a little bit of recycled (pink) shredded paper, 3 colored wood clothespins. The bag was topped with a simple cardstock header and ribbon. Perfect for party favors, holiday gift giving, teacher gifts, or a surprise for your children. The options are endless for this game!
- Print off a copy of the Spring Clothespin Game Template provided.
- Color, and cut out prior to laminating. (The lamination will have a better seal of the game cards are cut out and then laminated).
- After the cards are laminated, the cards are ready for play.
Coloring Wood Clothespins:
1. Select the number of wood clothespins that you’d like to color. I used the smaller wood clothespins for this project tutorial, but it’s recommended to use the larger clothespins when working with young children.
2. Select the color dye that you want to use. RIT dye comes in a dry or liquid coloring in an array of colors. For this tutorial I used the liquid dye and I think it worked better.
3. Put warm water in a plastic or glass container, add the RIT dye to achieve the desired color that you want. The longer that you keep the wood clothespins in the water, the darker the color they will be. For large batches of pins, use 2 cups of warm water and ¼ cup liquid dye. I dyed a small batch and so I did not use as much water or dye. For my example, I used Petal Pink RIT dye and it took a few hours for the color to soak in to the desired color. Depending on how dark the dye is, you may not have to leave the pins in very long before they have reached full color.
4. After the pins have been dyed, pull them out and lay them on paper towels or something absorbant (not fabric because the dye will stain it). I let my clothespins dry over night to make sure that they were fully dry before I used them.
All of the materials listed in this tutorial can be found at CreateForLess.com.