Ahhh, spring activities time!
For those of you who have, or still are, "surviving" the winter weather in your area...let's think SPRING!
This theme is endless in the possible activities and adventures for this season.
This page is a Welcome to Spring theme page.
You will find links on this page for other sub-themes for spring as well.
Let the Spring Theme planning begin!
You can scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your Spring Theme.
Or click the picture link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
Materials Needed: wax paper, liquid starch or watered down glue, colored tissue paper
The children dip the paper in the starch or glue and place all over the wax paper (or you can use construction paper). When dried, these look beautiful! You can use construction paper as well!
Sun Marble Painting
Materials needed: Paper precut into large circles; yellow and orange paint watered down a little bit, marbles
Place circles into box covers or pie pans. Place a some paint on the paper and a few marbles. The children shake the box or tin to roll the marbles around for a sun!
EXTENSION: When dry, our kiddos love to glue on googly eyes and draw faces on their suns as well as cut out sun "rays" to glue on from different colors!
Newspaper Spring Hats
Materials: To make the hats: sheets of newspaper (double page spreads--2 for each child); masking tape
To decorate the hats: glue, miscellaneous arts and craft materials--sequins, yarn, ribbon, paper scraps, artificial flowers, etc.
Place one double page paper on the child's head lengthwise from front to back. Then place the second sheet over that one from side to side. Mold to child's head.
Have child hold paper on their head by placing their hands on the top of their heads on the paper.
Using masking tape, wrap around the paper about where there ears are to make a band for it so fit.
Write their name on the hat.
Bring hats to the art table to decorate!
Place small colored blocks in your block area along with large wood unit blocks. You'll be surprised at the flowers and other spring shapes that can be made from these!
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your Space Theme!
Bring rain sticks to circle time and let the children use them to create soft rain sounds (moving them slowly) or a downpour (shaking them!).
Variation: Make rainsticks with the children at circle time by covering one end of a paper towel tube, having them measure a few spoons of rice or small pebbles into the tube and then covering the top.
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific Space theme questions while making these fun snacks!
Ingredients and Items Needed: English muffins and grated yellow cheese!
Have the children, supervised, help you grate the cheese if you like! Or, provide grated cheese for the children to place on their english muffin half. Broil in oven until cheese is melted.
Bring spring fever or spring cleaning into your housekeeping area. Provide a small, shallow bin with soapy water to wash dishes and towels to dry them, a pretend vacuum cleaner, etc.
(Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Materials Needed: Blue and white paint, white paper
Your children will create some of the most beautiful shades of blue and clouds!
EXTENSION: When dry, use these as a backing to a bulletin board!
Parachute Spring Activities
Talk to the children about spring things while using the parachute and move the chute to go with the discussion:
There was a LOT of snow, it was this high! Then it began to melt, and melt and melt (chute slowly lowers).
It rains in the spring, sometimes lightly (up and down slowly with the chute)...and sometimes HARD (shake chute a lot!)
continue on about seeds that grow, flowers that get bigger and bigger, etc.!
Bring sponges and soapy water outside to clean up your riding cars or classroom chairs! It's like a car wash!
Materials Needed: In advance, make umbrella tops and handles as shown in the picture above.
The children match the handle to the umbrella with the corresponding number of sections!
VARIATION: Program the umbrellas with letters either matching capital letters or matching the capital letter to the lower case letter.
Materials: construction paper, scissors, craft sticks, glue sticks, markers, crayons
The children practice cutting by cutting out the circles. They color these any colors they want to make their birds!
They then cut out a beak. Draw on the eyes and beak and then tape or glue onto craft sticks....they can color the craft sticks as well...they look great as branches!
They now have great birds to use for any spring fingerplays or poems!
Rhythm Stick Flower Power
Give each child 2 rhythm sticks (or dowel posts work well also!).
After reviewing how seeds grow, act it out with the sticks.
The seeds are quietly in the ground.
They are starting to grow.
The rain is pouring!
The sun is out, quietly!
Now the seeds are growing and growing, etc.
Add items as you see fit. Try counting flowers. "8 flowers grew!" Then they tap out by hitting the sticks together 8 times.
I’m a Little Flower Seed
sung to I’m A Little
I'm a little flower seed.
I'm planted in the earth. (squat down)
I feel the sun come down on me to warm the earth (children sit and tuck in their heads and knees to look like a ball)
The rain begins to come and gets rid of my thirst. (wave hands in air, wiggling fingers like rain)
I then become a flower…come pick me first! (children stand up)
Five Spring Flowers
Five spring flowers all in a row.
The first one said, "We need rain to grow!"
The second one said, "Oh my, we need water!"
The third one said, "Yes, it is getting hotter!"
The fourth one said, "I see clouds in the sky."
The fifth one said, "I wonder why?"
Then BOOM went the thunder
And ZAP went the lightning!
That springtime storm was really frightening!
But the flowers weren't worried–no, no, no, no!
The rain helped them to grow, grow, GROW!
Why not?!! Put sand or dirt (potting soil) in your sensory table and spray water bottles. Add spoons, cups, small bowls for mud pies and other fun activities!
NOTE: Be sure to leave the table uncovered overnight so it can dry up overnight as well as not begin to mold.
If you can find a deserted bird's nest, let the kids investigate it!
Also, make a bird's nest! Provide lint from your lint dryer, sticks, twigs, pieces of fabric. Place it at your science center for the kids to explore. Place it all in a can or bowl and hang it outside. The birds will take the material to make a nest with!
Of course! Materials Needed: dirt, water, measuring cups, spoons, bins
Let the children measure dirt and water to determine how to make mud...and mudpies!
Find some fruit tree or bush branches and place them in water. The water will force them to bloom over time! You might also look for branches that have 3 stages of blooming on the same plant or bush: one with no buds, one with buds and one that has flowered. Place them in vases for the children to observe the stages.
Materials Needed: Paper, markers and weather stickers
The children use the materials to make a picture of any type of weather they want: snow, rain, windy, etc.