Spring is a time of new beginning with baby animals, sprouting flowers, and bugs buzzing about. There are so many different ways you can experience spring with your kids, both inside and outside. There is new life every where you look and with that comes a fresh beauty.
Little ones are a ball of energy and curiosity. Sometimes those can be a dangerous combination. But at this tender age they are like sponges just soaking up information and learning all they can. Help your little one discover its beauty with these fun spring activities for preschoolers.
Ideas for Imaginative Play
Set out items that are worn or used in the spring for your child to pretend with. You could set out:
- Rain coats
- Rain boots
- Butterfly nets
- Visit a farm or zoo to see the baby animals
- Take a hike together and look for fresh growth
- Go outside after the rain and play in the puddles
- Plant some flowers in your garden and watch them grow
- Do a little bird watching in your neighborhood
Fine Motor Activities
Fine motor activities are a great way to keep your little one busy at the table while you’re working with an older child. Here are some spring activities that will encourage fine motor development:
- Make a rainbow out of play dough.
- Turn a colander upside down and show your child how to stick fake flower stems in the holes to make a bouquet.
- Make a fingerprint lamb.
- Paint ladybug rocks using small rocks, Q-tips, and red, white, and black washable paint.
- Make a picture of a kite.
- Kids enjoy playing with sensory bins and this one is easy to make. Put black beans in a plastic bucket. Add fake flowers and a plastic shovel so your child can “plant” the flowers.
Gross Motor Activities
Treat your preschoolers “spring fever” with these exciting gross motor activities:
- Puddle Jump – Cut random shapes out of blue paper. Secure paper to the floor with painter’s tape or poster putty to prevent slipping. Have child jump from puddle to puddle. (As an added learning activity write a letter on each puddle. Then call out the letter of the puddle your child should jump on.)
- Nature Walk – Go on a nature walk, paying close attention to any budding flowers, trees, birds, or other animals.
- Bug Action Cards – Actions cards are always a fun way to get your child moving. Show your child a pictures of bugs and have them move like the bugs you show them. Some examples would be:
- Scurry like a spider.
- Hop like a grasshopper.
- Flutter like a butterfly.
- Baby Animal Match – Print and cut out picture of baby animals that are often born in the spring, such as, calves, ducklings, and lambs. Do the same for their matching mama animals. Then scatter the pictures around the room or your house. Have your little one run and match all the baby animals with their mama animals.
- Fly a Kite – If weather cooperates fly a kite.
Spring Books to Read
Children love books, especially books with wonderful pictures. These books are great for teaching your child more about spring and give them a little extra reading practice too!
Songs for Spring
- “5 Little Ducks“
- “The Ants Go Marching“
- “Rain, Rain Go Away”
NOTE: These links are to videos on YouTube. Please monitor and verify all links before allowing your child to watch them. These links are accurate and valid as of publication, but things can change.
Kids love snacks! Teach them more about spring through some fun snack foods.
- “Dirt” – Put chocolate pudding in a cup. Top with crushed chocolate cookies, and have a gummy worm peeking out.
- “Flowers” – Use sliced strawberries to make the petals of the flower and a sliced banana circle for the center.
- “Umbrellas” – Cut cheese in a semicircle. Use string cheese or licorice string to make the handle of the umbrella.
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For more ideas about activities that will keep your preschooler learning and occupied so you can work with older children too, be sure to check out The BIG Book of Ideas for Homeschooling Preschool.
Misty is a child of God, wife, and mom of five, in the midst of many seasons of motherhood. Time goes fast, which is why she hopes to encourage other moms to find joy in each season of motherhood and make precious memories in the process. She writes about family, homeschooling, and motherhood at manyseasonsofmotherhood.com. You can also connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.
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