10 Easy and Exciting Spring Activities for Preschool Children
As the weather gets warmer and spring arrives, it’s a great time to get your preschoolers outside and exploring. There are so many fun spring activities for preschool children. Here are ten of my favorite activities for spring.
3 Spring Activities for Preschool Learners
1. Plant Seeds
Planting garden plants is the perfect opportunity to introduce preschoolers to the wonders of nature. Starting seeds in small cups indoors is easy, enjoyable, and gives young children the chance to learn how plants grow from seed to stem.
Using eggshells is a unique way to get the seedlings started. The kids love this!
When it warms up outside, students can carefully transplant each eggshell and its seedling into garden beds in a school garden area. Planting seeds teaches preschoolers about the life cycle of a plant while showing them the beauty of nature.
2. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are an enjoyable nature activity for children to do outdoors. In addition to being fun, nature scavenger hunts can also help to teach your kids about the environment and its features. Have your little ones search around for different items such as flowers, seeds, leaves, rocks, and acorns.
Give your preschooler an empty egg carton and have them place each found object in one of the cups. When they are finished, they’ll have a nature collection they can take home.
3. Make Homemade Bird Feeders
Making homemade bird feeders out of things like old yogurt containers is the perfect way to bring a bit of nature into your backyard. It’s also an easy and fun activity for the kiddos; they’ll be thrilled to see all sorts of feathered creatures flitting around outside their windows, snacking on the food you helpfully provided!
While you’re feeding the birds, hang some colorful yarn, string, and feathers in the bushes and trees. Birds will gather them to help make their nests which makes a beautiful sight.
More Fun Spring Activities for Preschool Children
4. Have a Spring Vegetable Taste Test
It’s springtime and we’re ready to start exploring all the tasty new vegetables that are in season. Why not try having a taste test! Gather some of the classic spring veggies like peas, broccoli, potatoes, and spinach. Try cooking them differently and let the kids vote on their favorite! It’s sure to be a fun time while they discover which flavors they enjoy best, plus they get to learn more about healthy eating.
5. Get Crafty with nature
Gather some leaves, sticks, and pressed flowers and add them to your art center. Having children create nature-inspired art is the perfect spring activity for preschool! Whether it’s a necklace, a collage, or even a sculpture, children will get to express their creativity while exploring the world around them.
As they create their work of art, children will explore textures, shapes, colors, and more–making for a lesson in math and science as well.
6. Make a Dirt Pudding Snack
Give each child a pudding cup with chocolate pudding in it. Let them crush Oreo cookies inside a ziploc bag so that it resembles dirt. Have them sprinkle the “dirt” on top of the chocolate pudding, and then add gummy worms to their dessert.
This makes a fun snack that children can “make” all on their own! You can find the directions here.
Four Final Spring Activities for Preschool
7. Hatch Butterflies
Each year I love to purchase a butterfly habitat and caterpillars for my preschool students. The process of watching the caterpillars spin their chrysalis and then emerge as butterflies is second to none for preschoolers!
Hands-on science activities like this make the perfect preschool activity for spring.
8. Learn about Rainbows
Rainbows are truly magical to preschool children, and spring is the perfect time to explore rainbows. They provide a wonderful opportunity to explore the weather and to make young children feel like true scientists.
This Rainbow Theme Unit is one of my favorites to use in the Spring. It’s filled with math, science, literacy, sensory, art, and more activities to bring rainbows to life for preschoolers!
9. Set Up some Spring Sensory Bins
Sensory Bins are a fun way to invite children to explore as they scoop, pour, sort, and arrange. For Spring I like to set up a rainbow sensory bin as well as a weather-themed sensory bin.
Pom poms make an inexpensive sensory bin filler, and tongs are the perfect tool for preschoolers to use to boost their fine motor skills.
10. Make Paper Plate Flowers
I love using paper plates as a craft supply because they’re so versatile and inexpensive. For this activity, simply gather a variety of fabric scraps, tissue paper circles, and punched paper circles made of colorful scrapbook paper.
Let your preschoolers decorate their flowers however they like. Then hang them on a bulletin board or in a window for a colorful spring display!
Springtime is the perfect time to get outside and explore with your preschoolers. These activities will keep them entertained while teaching them about nature and science. So go ahead, get outdoors and have some fun with your little learners!
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