Using crafts in the special education classroom is SO rewarding but can also have many challenges. Making sure each craft is differentiated, meeting student goals, and prepped for student success (and less frustration) is absolutely vital to be successful. I used to spend many hours searching blogs and Pinterest for the perfect craft for each holiday, and then spend MORE hours adapting that craft, prepping an example, and creating visual directions so we could also work on student goals. I asked some other special education teachers and they were feeling the same exact way, and that is how Simple Crafts came to be.
Each month I have curated the perfect 4 visual crafts, visual example photos, real photos for each step, and symbol material lists in order to make craft time more efficient for teachers and more independent for students.
Below you will find the visual crafts for Spring!
Stained Glass Butterfly: Using tissue paper and contact paper always makes a beautiful combo!
Raindrop Sun Catcher: We love tissue paper and contact paper! I created the craft sets using similar materials in mind. Why? Because we as teachers are so busy and do not need to go out buying more and more materials each month. You will see the same materials used frequently in these sets to make it easier on teachers and consistent for students.
Bunny Tail: This craft uses a few skills: fine motor, cut and paste, color ID, and more! (and more tissue paper!)
Paper Plate Earth: This is the perfect mess free painting craft! Color mixing inside of a plastic bag has beautiful results that make the perfect bulletin board for Earth Day!
About Simple Visual Crafts:
keep students engaged with hands-on learning while working on following directions, fine motor skills, and independence! Simple Crafts are a great way to allow your students more independence through visual directions. They also make for great bulletin boards, window hangings, gifts and more!
Want more craft ideas?
Check out the Visual Crafts for St. Patrick’s Day here!