Spring time means the dreary days of winter are behind us, and bright sunny days are ahead. I love watching flowers bloom and turn the world into a more colorful place. Today’s book and Spring activities recognize that the wait for Spring can be a long one, but one that is definitely worth it!
And Then It’s Spring was written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin E. Stead. The story follows a young boy and his dog as they plant seeds and wait for Spring to bring color back to the world. The simple text and whimsical illustrations provide the reader with the same longing feeling as the boy. As they continue waiting for Spring to finally arrive, they worry that something has happened to their seeds, and the world will stay brown. Kids may recognize themselves in the boy as he anxiously awaits the return of green. This book is a fun read for the Spring season, and provides lots of opportunities to have some Spring-inspired fun.
Planting a Number Line – This is a fun and simple way to help kids with counting and number lines. Write out numbers 1-10 in cupcake liners and glue them to popsicle sticks so they look like flowers. Cut slits into two empty paper towel rolls or boxes (empty pasta boxes would work great), so the flowers can be “planted”. Give kids the flowers and have them plant them in numerical order. You could also plant the flowers and skip a few, giving kids the opportunity to fill in the missing flowers on their own. Older kids could also be challenged to plant the numbers by twos. Use a small bee made out of paper to help kids visualize jumping from number to number.
Search for signs of Spring
Springtime Scavenger Hunt – My daughter loves being outside, and this year she has taken a particular interest in pinecones, sticks, and anything else she can find on the ground outside. Instead of collecting each and every pinecone we come across, I decided to create a Springtime scavenger hunt, to give her a task to focus on.
Sign up below to receive your free printable scavenger hunt. Take a walk around your neighborhood or local park and see if you can find all of the things on the list!
Painting with Flowers – This is a fun activity for kids of all ages to create some spring inspired art! Lay out a bunch of fake flowers and some bright paints on plates. Have kids dip the flowers into the paint and use them to paint on their paper. Dipping the petals will give you a cool design to stamp. Allow them to be creative in how they use the flowers to paint.
Spring Sensory Fun
Flower Play Dough – While we are still using the play dough we made in the fall (this stuff really lasts!), I wanted to create something more floral and spring-like now that the weather is warming up again. We used the following recipe and added a few drops of blue and red food coloring and lavender essential oil.
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
Food coloring (optional)
Essential oil (optional)
Mix all of the ingredients together in a saucepan over low heat. Stir well until the mixture thickens and forms one big ball. Place the ball on parchment paper and allow it to cool. Once it has cooled, knead the dough until it is no longer sticky and resembles play dough.
Flower Button Match – This is a great fine motor activity for young kids that will also help with color matching. Create several flower shapes out of different colors of felt. Create a slit in the middle of the flowers big enough for a button. Sew buttons of the same colors as the flowers to green felt circles (leaves). You could also attach the green felt to pipe cleaners or popsicle sticks to make stems. Have kids match the flowers to the right color buttons and insert the buttons through the petals. This not only helps kids practice buttoning (which can be a difficult skill), but it also provides practice in color matching. This would be a great quiet box activity for toddlers.
There are so many fun Spring activities that you can use to get your kids excited about learning. This book gives you a great jumping off point to look for the first signs of Spring. Do you have any fun ways that you ring in Spring as a family? Share in the comments!