When Will it Be Spring?

Waiting for Spring to arrive can feel like it takes forever. We look for signs of Spring as soon as the temperature rises a few degrees. Today’s book is about an adorable bear who thinks he sees signs of Spring everywhere he looks. This book provides a great opportunity to get your kids looking for signs of Spring and to participate in some fun Spring activities.

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When Will it be Spring was written and illustrated by Catherine Walters. It tells the story of a little bear named Alfie who keeps waking his mother from hibernation because he thinks he sees signs of Spring. As she shows him that it isn’t actually Spring yet, he continues asking her when it will be. Both parents and kids can relate to this story as we all go a little stir crazy looking for the first beautiful weather days of Spring. Until it arrives, these fun Spring activities can help you recognize the signs of Spring that are coming!

Create your own bird nest

Bird’s Nest Art – Birds are one of the signs of Spring that Alfie thinks he sees. This is a fun art and sensory project which mimics the birds in the story. Start with half of a paper plate, or a half circle cut out of brown paper (for the nest), and an egg shape cut out of yellow or blue paper (for your bird). Explain to your kids that bird nests are made up of different materials that birds find. Provide kids with a variety of materials to decorate their nests. This could include feathers, twigs, bits of fabric, leaves, or whatever else you may have. Encourage them to attach these materials to the brown half circle, and attach feathers to the yellow egg shape. I used a wide craft brush to paint some glue onto the plate so it was spread across in an even layer. You can draw a beak and eyes onto the bird or attach a piece of orange paper and wiggly eyes.

Fine Motor Spring Flowers – This is a fun and easy fine motor activity to get kids into the spirit of Spring. Gather a bunch of fake flowers. Using a kitchen colander, have young kids put the stems through the holes to create a bouquet. This would make a great quiet time activity for kids. Encourage them to create different combinations of flowers, or use only one color, or only primary colors.

Using butterflies to practice contractions

Butterfly Match – This is a fun game which can help kids to work on contractions. Print out a set of the butterfly tracers. Use them to cut sets of butterfly bodies and wings out of colored construction paper. Write contractions on the butterfly bodies and the two words that make the contraction onto the wings. Have kids sort through the butterfly parts to correctly match the butterflies.

Sprout House – The STEM Laboratory  created this great activity which combines science and engineering to make Sprout Houses that kids can create with a few household items. We decided to make our own version of the sprout house. To build our house, I cut two colored sponges to make walls and a roof. I used toothpicks to attach the sponges and make a structure.

Once the house was constructed, we sprinkled chia seeds over the sponges. Every day we poured water onto the house and checked to see if there were any roots. My daughter loved checking out all of the seeds!

Nature Walk – Alfie thinks that he sees signs of Spring everywhere he looks. What signs of Spring do you see around your home? Go out on a walk together and discuss the signs of Spring that you see around your neighborhood.

There are so many ways to prepare your kids for the Spring. Keep your eyes open for the signs of Spring around you, and you will see them before you know it!


68 Comments

  • Becki Svare

    March 30, 2017 at 6:56 am Reply

    You always have great ideas!! Also love the books you promote. wish my kids were young again 🙂

    • Vicki

      March 30, 2017 at 12:09 pm Reply

      Thank you so much!

  • justine

    March 30, 2017 at 10:41 am Reply

    how fun! i love the idea of a nature walk – we always go on walks, but this time it’s for a purpose. also i need to try that butterfly contraction thing with my oldest… he has no idea about contractions and will make up his own words lol

    • Vicki

      March 30, 2017 at 12:17 pm Reply

      I hope you have a lot of fun with it and that it is helpful! I totally make up my own words sometimes too, haha.

  • Elizabeth Voyles

    March 30, 2017 at 10:47 am Reply

    I was thinking parents will relate not only to eagerly looking for spring but also to their kids waking them up, LOL. Love the activities!

    • Vicki

      March 30, 2017 at 12:18 pm Reply

      Haha so true! The mother’s reaction is a very realistic one!

  • Dara

    March 30, 2017 at 11:42 am Reply

    I love your ideas to go with this book! My favorite is the butterfly contractions sheet. I think my son could use that!

    • Vicki

      March 30, 2017 at 12:18 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope it is helpful!

  • Sarah Clouser

    March 30, 2017 at 3:18 pm Reply

    That birds nest craft is too cute!

    • Vicki

      March 30, 2017 at 4:17 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Kiley

    March 30, 2017 at 3:44 pm Reply

    These are such fun activities. It is tough when one day its cold and the next it is warm. I am saving these activities for a blustery day!

    • Vicki

      March 30, 2017 at 4:19 pm Reply

      Thank you! I agree the up and down weather can drive you nuts! We spend the afternoon outside yesterday, and my daughter didn’t understand why we couldn’t do that again today!

  • Krista Williams

    March 30, 2017 at 4:42 pm Reply

    This is too dang cute! I love it!
    xoxo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

    • Vicki

      March 30, 2017 at 8:29 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Amanda

    March 30, 2017 at 6:13 pm Reply

    You always have such inspirational posts. I’ve been sharing them with friends who work with preschoolers and they love them, too. That colander bouquet is great. My daughter will love that.

    • Vicki

      March 30, 2017 at 8:34 pm Reply

      Aw, thank you so much! That is so great to hear! I hope your daughter has a lot of fun creating bouquets!

  • Michele-KidCongeniality

    March 30, 2017 at 7:42 pm Reply

    Alfie the bear sounds like a fun little guy to read about in When Will It Be Spring? I like your ideas on how to tie the book into enjoying spring with your little one.

    • Vicki

      March 30, 2017 at 8:36 pm Reply

      Thank you! It is a very cute book!

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries

    March 30, 2017 at 9:08 pm Reply

    I love taking my daughter on nature walks when the weather gets nice. She loves collecting things we find along the way!

    • Vicki

      March 30, 2017 at 10:41 pm Reply

      My daughter does too! We had to start taking the bucket along because she couldn’t hold all of the pinecones she wanted to bring home! She also wants to bring every single stick home for our dog.

  • The Momproviser

    March 30, 2017 at 10:23 pm Reply

    It’s so funny. I never think about changing seasons in Southern California. Anyway, I loved growing chia plants as a kid. Great idea. I also really like the butterflies to practice contractions. That’s a pretty sophisticated teaching technique!

    • Vicki

      March 30, 2017 at 10:42 pm Reply

      Thank you! Our seasons change day to day! We were outside in the warm weather yesterday, and then today it snowed!

  • Maya @ FilteredFamily.com

    March 31, 2017 at 1:35 am Reply

    My little one is ready to tackle that birds nest!

    • Vicki

      March 31, 2017 at 12:41 pm Reply

      That’s awesome! I hope you have a lot of fun with it!

  • Yvette

    March 31, 2017 at 3:32 am Reply

    These are such fun and cute ideas! Its Fall here and i think they will be fun to do as well 🙂 xx

    • Vicki

      March 31, 2017 at 12:43 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

  • April K

    March 31, 2017 at 5:42 am Reply

    These are fun activities. Being a totschool mom, I’m always looking for fun activities. When will it be spring is a great book too.

    • Vicki

      March 31, 2017 at 12:43 pm Reply

      Thank you! I agree it is a great book! I love the adorable illustrations.

  • Abigail leggate

    March 31, 2017 at 8:05 am Reply

    I am so glad I came across your blog today!!! Making a list for my future babies ?

    • Vicki

      March 31, 2017 at 12:44 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you find a lot of new favorites on here!

  • Logan

    March 31, 2017 at 8:53 am Reply

    I love that little bird’s nest! It is the perfect spring craft for me and my littles! Going to save it for a rainy day!

    logancan.com

    • Vicki

      March 31, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you have a lot of fun with it!

  • Jasmine Hewitt

    March 31, 2017 at 11:18 am Reply

    you always share the neatest crafts!

    • Vicki

      March 31, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Meg | The Many Little Joys

    March 31, 2017 at 2:03 pm Reply

    Fun activities. We’re a little too young for the contraction butterflies, but I LOVE that concept. I’m going to save it for when my four-year-old is a little older.

    • Vicki

      March 31, 2017 at 7:49 pm Reply

      Thank you so much!

  • Elizabeth Brico

    March 31, 2017 at 2:14 pm Reply

    We’ve had such a slow crawl to Spring in the PNW…these activities are a great way to build up excitement during the wait, haha

    • Vicki

      March 31, 2017 at 7:51 pm Reply

      I totally understand. We still had a bit of snow fall yesterday! I cannot wait for warmer weather!

  • Savannah

    March 31, 2017 at 7:43 pm Reply

    This is so so cute, and such a fun way to introduce the idea of seasons to a toddler! My son has really been interested in birds lately, so building our own homemade bird’s nest would probably be such a hit. Thanks so much for sharing! <3

    • Vicki

      March 31, 2017 at 7:51 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you have a lot of fun with it! My daughter is loving the birds lately, so she really enjoyed it.

  • Jen

    March 31, 2017 at 7:47 pm Reply

    These are great ideas! We take family nature walks and always bring home little treasures. We keep them on our window sill in the kitchen and I’m going to build a shelf for my daughter for her growing collection!

    • Vicki

      March 31, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply

      That is so sweet! My daughter collects every stick and pinecone she finds. The sticks she gives to the dog, and the pinecones she gives to “Sunshine” the sun shaped windchimes in the backyard!

  • Emily

    March 31, 2017 at 7:53 pm Reply

    The book looks super cute, and the craft is so creative! I love the idea of the butterfly to practice contractions.

    • Vicki

      March 31, 2017 at 11:09 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun with this book!

  • Stephanie

    April 1, 2017 at 6:15 am Reply

    Love these crafts! You always have such great ideas.

    • Vicki

      April 1, 2017 at 12:37 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Crystal

    April 1, 2017 at 9:07 am Reply

    Love the contrtaction butterfly idea! The rest are cute too.

    • Vicki

      April 1, 2017 at 12:37 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • rachel

    April 1, 2017 at 9:17 pm Reply

    Super cute ideas! I want to try the birdsnest with my kiddos!

    • Vicki

      April 1, 2017 at 11:12 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you have fun with it!

  • Jessica Peresta

    April 2, 2017 at 10:37 am Reply

    Awe I love this activity!

    • Vicki

      April 2, 2017 at 12:04 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Krysten

    April 2, 2017 at 12:56 pm Reply

    My son would love this book and these activities. He would especially love making the birds nests, he’s obsessed with birds. Thanks, as always, for great ideas!

    • Vicki

      April 2, 2017 at 1:32 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you have fun with them! My daughter is also extremely interested in birds this year, so she had a lot of fun with it!

  • Bethany

    April 2, 2017 at 2:08 pm Reply

    These activities are so cute! I’m excited to do some of them with my daughter. I think she’ll really enjoy decorating a nest.

    • Vicki

      April 2, 2017 at 8:23 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope she has enjoys it!

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove

    April 2, 2017 at 9:57 pm Reply

    That book sounds adorable! And I love the little bird’s nest, what a cute and simple art activity for little ones.

    • Vicki

      April 2, 2017 at 10:46 pm Reply

      Thank you! It is a very sweet book!

  • Mamaguru

    April 3, 2017 at 10:20 am Reply

    I really like that butterfly contraction idea! How cleaver. We had a week of spring in Miami and how it is summer, 88* and humid. Ugh!

    • Vicki

      April 3, 2017 at 12:39 pm Reply

      Thank you! I can’t stand the humidity! I guess I can’t complain about the little snow we had last week!

  • Carly

    April 3, 2017 at 11:10 am Reply

    Love the idea of creating your own bird’s nest! I have to do that with my little!

    • Vicki

      April 3, 2017 at 12:39 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you have fun with it!

  • Amanda Wells

    April 3, 2017 at 6:34 pm Reply

    Those are the cutest birds nest crafts!

    • Vicki

      April 3, 2017 at 7:55 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Kathy

    April 4, 2017 at 5:01 am Reply

    I find myself asking this a lot these days. 🙂 I love the bird nest activity. So cute!

    • Vicki

      April 4, 2017 at 12:19 pm Reply

      Thank you! I’ve been asking it a lot too! So tired of the cold and snow.

  • Ashlea

    April 5, 2017 at 10:51 pm Reply

    I absolutely love these ideas. We want to homeschool my son when he is old enough. I cant wait to do activities like this with him. I also want to add this book to his library.

    • Vicki

      April 6, 2017 at 12:28 am Reply

      I hope you enjoy them! I’m so excited that my daughter is at an age now where we can do things like this!

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