When it comes to craft time, most kids love any activity that involves painting! This cute carrot craft is perfect because it’s doable for even young children. Also, you can easily adjust the craft by adding in bunny and Easter egg cutouts, or other fun springtime shapes.
And if you want to expand this carrot craft into a full-on study, here are some fun facts about carrots.
11 Interesting Facts about Carrots
- Carrots are a rich source of beta-carotene, which the human body turns into vitamin A. Vitamin A is helpful for the immune system, growth, and development, and of course, vision.
- They also have vitamins C, K, and B6, as well as manganese, fiber, and potassium.
- Carrots are the second most popular vegetable in the world. Potatoes are in the first place as far as popularity.
- The state of California produces roughly 85% of all carrots grown in the United States.
- Carrots have seeds, which can be found in the small white flowers of the carrot plant. These seeds can be used in herbal medicine and as an aromatic spice.
- Carrots have four types of sugar: sucrose, glucose, xylose, and fructose.
- Carrots are not all orange. They can also be purple, yellow, and white. (Something to think about when making your carrot craft!)
- Cooked carrots have a higher vitamin content than raw carrots do because when you cook them, it releases more beta-carotene. Raw carrots release around 3% of their nutritional value during digestion, but a cooked carrot increases that to nearly 40%.
- It takes four months for a carrot to grow. Carrots grow better in cooler weather than in very hot places.
- We eat the root of a carrot, but you can also eat a carrot’s leaves, flowers, and seeds. Carrot flowers and leaves can be used in salads or made into pesto or jelly.
- Carrots are comprised of 88% water.
Okay, let’s move on to the cute carrot craft!
A Few Things You’ll Need for Your Carrot Craft
Instructions for Carrot Craft
List of Supplies:
- Blank wooden carrot shapes
- Set of 3 sponge dabbers
- Micro-tip brush pen
- Colored string (optional)
- Acrylic Paint
Use the medium sponge dabber to paint the bottom section of the carrot orange.
Allow the carrot to completely dry before going on to the next step.
Use the smallest dabber to paint the top section green.
Again, allow the carrot to completely dry before moving on to the next step.
Use the brush pen to outline the outside of the carrot and add swirls to the green part. This gives it some dimension.
This is optional, but you can use orange string to match the color of the carrot.
- It is important to allow the paint to dry in between each step. You don’t want the colors to bleed together.
- The wooden carrot shapes come with twine to hang your ornament, but the colored string gives the carrot more Easter flair. Pick the option that works best for you.
- Bunnies and carrots just go together, don’t they? Here’s an adorable toilet paper tube bunny craft to accompany your DIY carrot craft.
- And this quilled cherry blossom craft is another springtime activity.
- Have some carrots in your crisper? No one in your household would complain if you herded your kids into the kitchen to help you make this decadent carrot cake with cream cheese glaze.
- This carrot craft could also go well with some gardening activities. But first things first, you might want to start with a spring planting list for you and a free garden planner for your child.
- If your kids are going stir crazy from too much time inside, take the fun outside with these nature ideas for kids.