Here are some fun things to do this spring that promote great learning. Children are naturally curious and interested in the world around them. Help children develop analysis and problem-solving skills by asking open-ended questions when doing the activities.

For the Birds

1. Nesting Material

Cut strands of colorful yarn about one foot long

    Children drape the strands of yarn on tree branches for birds to use in their nests

    Watch the birds take the strands of yarn

    Walk around the neighborhood to see where the yarn strands end up!

    Talk about what they see

    Use a piece of roll paper, children draw pictures of the steps to tell the story of how the birds    used the yarn

    Developmental Domains addressed:

  • Cognitive – scientific observation
  • Creativity and the Arts
  • Physical Development

2. Yarn and Glue

     Cut colorful strands of yarn about one foot long

     Wet strands with white school glue

     Drape wet yarn strands around and over an upside down plastic bowl

     Let dry

     Carefully remove ‘bird’s nest’ from bowl

     Add baby birds

    Developmental Domains addressed

  • Physical Development
  • Creativity and the Arts
  • Language and Literacy

Cotton Ball Gardens

1.  Cress Seed Letters

    Wet several cotton balls and line a Styrofoam plate

    Use cress seeds and ‘plant’ them in the shape of various letters or shapes

    Set dish in window for sunlight

    Keep cotton balls moist

    Observe how the seeds germinate and create the letter or shape

    Talk about what is observed every day, chart what they observe

    Developmental Domains addressed

  • Language and Literacy
  • Cognitive – scientific observation and mathematics
  • Approaches to Learning

2. Bean Jars

    Place cotton balls in clear container

   Water cotton balls

   Place bean seeds around the inside of the jar so you can see then

   Set dish in window for sunlight

   Keep cotton balls moist

   Watch as the bean seeds germinate and grow

   Talk about what is observed every day, chart what they observe

    Developmental Domains addressed

  • Language and Literacy
  • Cognitive – scientific observation and mathematics
  • Approaches to Learning

Spring Mural

1. Window Art

    Cut spring shapes from craft foam – flower petals, flower pot, sun, tree, bird, bugs, bees, kite    etc.

    Children dip foam shape in water and then place on a window

    The foam pieces can be arranged differently multiple times every day!

    Take pictures of the different murals, have children dictate something about their mural

    Developmental Domains addressed

  • Creativity and the Arts
  • Language and Literacy
  • Physical Development

2. Flannel Board

    Cut the same spring shapes from felt

    Children can create pictures and stories on the flannel board

    The felt pieces can be arranged differently multiple times every day!

    Take pictures of the different murals, have children dictate something about their mural

    Developmental Domains addressed

  • Creativity and the Arts
  • Language and Literacy
  • Physical Development

Spring Sensory Table

1. Flower Petals and Miniatures

    Use flower petals from silk flowers, fill bin with flower petals

    Add bright buttons, plastic gems, and large sequins (for children 3 and older to avoid choking   hazard)

    Add small plastic animals, people, fairies etc.

   Developmental Domains addressed

  • Approaches to Learning
  • Physical Development
  • Language and Literacy

2. Dirt

    Use plain top soil – check that there isn’t fertilizer or other additives, just dirt

    Add plastic shovels, pots, flowers, vines, fruit, and vegetables

    Children can plant and harvest various plants

   Developmental Domains addressed

  • Cognitive – scientific observation
  • Physical Development
  • Approaches to Learning

   Check out the spring Units of Study in the Early Learning Success Store!