The seasons are changing!
Spring is in the air!
To celebrate, here are six simple spring learning activities.
1. Build a Nest
Using moss, thin twigs, and stones for eggs you and your child can create a realistic looking nest. As you work, you’ll be bringing science to life. You can discuss:
- Characteristics of birds
- Types of nests
- Other animals that lay eggs
- Bird migration patterns
2. Take a Spring Nature Walk
Spring’s the perfect season for taking a nature walk. Bring your camera, and let your children document signs of spring. You can keep your eyes peeled for:
- Budding leaves
- Baby animals
- Bird nests
- Birds flying back from the south
- Rising rivers or streams
- Mud puddles
- Flowers growing
3. Read a Springtime Book
There are lots of spring books for kids! A beautiful new one came out this year by one of our favorite authors, Kevin Henkes. His wife completed the lovely illustrations, and it’s just a sweet book to welcome spring (aff. links).
As you read, talk to your kids about the books.
Have them make predictions. What do they think the caterpillar will eat next? What color flower will be on the next page?
Talk about fiction and non-fiction. Do caterpillars really eat lollipops? Do bears use pillows?
4. Play Hibernating Bear
An active spring learning activity, this simple game teaches children about hibernation.
First, gather a pile of blankets. Place them under the table to create a comfy cave.
Next, pick one person to be the bear.
The bear needs to gather berries and fish to eat before winter comes. (The child can walk around the room and pretend to pluck berries from bushes and fish from a stream.)
The bear then goes to the cave, and pretends to sleep.
The other players pretend winter is here. They can build a snowman, make a snow angel, or anything else they can think of.
As “spring” comes, the bear starts to toss and turn and get ready to wake up.
The bear wakes up and comes out of the cave, hungry and ready for action.
Another player can now be the bear if desired.
5. Plant Something
A list of spring learning activities wouldn’t be complete without some gardening! Kids learn so much from digging in the dirt.
If you don’t have a lot of space, there are plenty of plants you can grow in pots.
Let your child prepare the pot or ground, and plant the seed. Encourage him to water the plant each day (after you show how much water is needed.)
Using a spiral notebook as a gardening journal, your child can observe the plants and draw them. Let them draw what they see each day on a single page.
They’ll be able to look back and count how many days it took for the first green to show above the soil. They’ll have documented how long it took for leaves to appear. It’s a great scientific project!
You can practice measuring by using a ruler to see how tall each plant is getting.
Plants are so fun to study!
6. Make a Kite to Fly
If spring is windy where you are (like it is here), it’s the perfect season for building a kite. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s the directions we’ll be following this next week.
We just need dowels, string, and newspaper. I think the kids are going to love it!
By making a kite, you’re teaching your kids:
- How to follow directions
- Cutting skills
As you work, you can talk about the tail. Why does a kite need a tail? Let your kids each give a guess. If no one guesses stability, you can offer that answer.
Once your kites are ready, give them plenty of time to dry. Then head outside and catch some light winds.
What are your favorite spring learning activities?
Have you ever made your own kite?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!