And Then It’s Spring

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.

Ingredients
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!

78 Comments

  • Belle

    April 6, 2017 at 9:12 am Reply

    Such a great list! I’m so excited for all the spring activities we’ll get to do this year.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Vicki

      April 6, 2017 at 12:22 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Working Mum

    April 6, 2017 at 10:02 am Reply

    The three kids & I love spring! I like the scavenger hunt idea. We are always out on walks spotting things and they always want to bring sticks and cones home with them. One new spring activity this year was to make handprints with yellow paint, cut them out, stick them together in an overlapping way so the fingers stick out from the middle like petals, and them laminate them to make a yellow flower with a photo of each child in the middle. Add sticks and put them in a vase – a bunch of spring daffodils made of handprints!

    • Vicki

      April 6, 2017 at 12:23 pm Reply

      That is an absolutely adorable idea! I may have to try that with my daughter!

  • Kristyn Schultz

    April 6, 2017 at 10:48 am Reply

    We love play-doh around here but have never made out own! Going to have to try that out. Thanks!!

    • Vicki

      April 6, 2017 at 12:23 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy it! It is really quick and easy to make. Plus I don’t have to worry as much when she inevitably puts it into her mouth.

  • Kaity

    April 6, 2017 at 11:43 am Reply

    Love these ideas! I manage my local farmers’ market and we’re constantly looking for new kids activities 🙂

    • Vicki

      April 6, 2017 at 12:23 pm Reply

      That is so cool! I hope you have fun with these!

  • Alicia Eggers

    April 6, 2017 at 2:07 pm Reply

    Yay for spring! And for a new DIY playdoh recipe! Thanks!

    • Vicki

      April 6, 2017 at 2:10 pm Reply

      I hope you have fun with it! It’s a great consistency!

  • Elizabeth Voyles

    April 6, 2017 at 2:17 pm Reply

    I’m so excited for spring and more chances to take my little ones outside. The spring scavenger hunt idea is great. We’ve done similar things in the past and the kids always love it.

    • Vicki

      April 6, 2017 at 3:45 pm Reply

      I am too! We love being outdoors!

  • Danielle

    April 6, 2017 at 8:02 pm Reply

    Love the scavenger hunt idea! Just signed up! 🙂

    • Vicki

      April 6, 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you have a lot of fun with it!

  • Elizabeth- CrazyBusyHappyLife

    April 6, 2017 at 8:22 pm Reply

    I love the planting a number line idea. That would go along perfectly with what my son is learning right now.

    • Vicki

      April 6, 2017 at 9:09 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope he has fun with it!

  • Kim S

    April 6, 2017 at 9:37 pm Reply

    I’m totally going to make the flour play dough! Thank you!

    • Vicki

      April 6, 2017 at 11:43 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! It’s really easy and I love that you can customize it!

  • Shannon @ Mom Without Labels

    April 6, 2017 at 9:47 pm Reply

    These are great activities! I’m going to try to remember to do them with my girls!

    • Vicki

      April 6, 2017 at 11:43 pm Reply

      I hope they love them!

  • Nicole Banuelos

    April 7, 2017 at 1:27 am Reply

    Thanks for the playdoh recipe, my kids will love this!

    • Vicki

      April 7, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply

      I hope so! It is so easy to make and to customize!

  • Jasmine Hewitt

    April 7, 2017 at 7:12 am Reply

    we are so glad the weather warmed up, but it’s nearly summer here already!

    • Vicki

      April 7, 2017 at 12:31 pm Reply

      I’m jealous! We woke up to snow this morning!

  • Tabitha Blue

    April 7, 2017 at 8:04 am Reply

    So fun! Makes me want to put a scavenger hunt together right away!

    • Vicki

      April 7, 2017 at 12:32 pm Reply

      The printable has words and pictures so kids of all skill levels can join in!

  • Stephanie

    April 7, 2017 at 9:05 am Reply

    I am estatic it’s Sping time!! This book looks so cute. And playdough is seriously my kids favorite! Everytime we sot down for craft day they beg to do something with playdoh!

    • Vicki

      April 7, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply

      It is a really cute book! My daughter loves playdoh too! She loves using cookie cutters in it.

  • Jen

    April 7, 2017 at 9:46 am Reply

    Great list – I love the painting with flowers! I’d forgotten all about that as a craft!

    • Vicki

      April 7, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply

      Thank you! I’m glad to be able to remind you!

  • Brit Strawbridge

    April 7, 2017 at 10:10 am Reply

    These are some great ideas!! I love the painting with flowers! So creative. Thanks for sharing!

    • Vicki

      April 7, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Ashley Markwood

    April 7, 2017 at 10:58 am Reply

    I need to get london a bucket and a shovel! I think she would love to dig around in the dirt!

    • Vicki

      April 7, 2017 at 12:34 pm Reply

      There are some great deals on them now that the Spring toys are out in stores! I’m a little worried my daughter is going to enjoy digging in the dirt a little too much!

  • Eryn

    April 7, 2017 at 11:47 am Reply

    These are such good ideas! I’ll have to head out today or tomorrow and grab supplies for a few of these. The dipping a flower in paint and painting the paper is a great one. My son will love it! Thanks for these unique tips.

    • Vicki

      April 7, 2017 at 12:34 pm Reply

      I hope he does!

  • Amber

    April 7, 2017 at 11:52 am Reply

    I love your idea for the cupcake liner flower number line. I think I will do this with my lil one this week as we are working on counting and number recognition. Thanks for the idea. I never would have thought about that one.

    • Vicki

      April 7, 2017 at 12:34 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you have a lot of fun with it!

  • Meg - remainingmeg.com

    April 7, 2017 at 12:05 pm Reply

    So sweet! I will definitely have to try this recipe with my little one, she goes crazy for any kind of dough. I love the book suggestion as well.

    • Vicki

      April 7, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy it! I love how easy it is to customize, and it is a great consistency for playing with!

  • Samantha

    April 7, 2017 at 12:41 pm Reply

    These all sound so fun! Will have to give them a try with my girls now that spring break is over next week!

    • Vicki

      April 7, 2017 at 1:40 pm Reply

      I hope they enjoy them!

  • Amberly

    April 7, 2017 at 12:50 pm Reply

    Definitely going to do the numbered flowers and scavenger hunt with my 2 year old! Love this!

    • Vicki

      April 7, 2017 at 1:41 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! The scavenger hunt includes pictures so toddlers can read it too!

  • Carrie Ford-Coates

    April 7, 2017 at 2:37 pm Reply

    Great ideas! I am going to try the scavenger hunt and the button felt activity.

    • Vicki

      April 7, 2017 at 8:01 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you have a lot of fun with them!

  • Sarah

    April 7, 2017 at 6:46 pm Reply

    As always you have come up with some fabulous ideas! My daughters have been a on play-doh kick- I love the idea of adding flower scents for spring!

    • Vicki

      April 7, 2017 at 8:07 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! My daughter has been loving play doh lately too! I love making new scents for her to use.

  • Elizabeth Brico

    April 7, 2017 at 8:13 pm Reply

    Cooool! I’ll have to try the homemade playdough recipe! And my kids are really getting into numbers now too, so I am excited to try the number planting. How cute!

    • Vicki

      April 8, 2017 at 12:52 pm Reply

      I love the homemade playdough because it is so easy! I hope you have fun with it!

  • Rachel

    April 7, 2017 at 9:02 pm Reply

    These are fun ideas. We love doing a scavenger hunt in the spring.

    • Vicki

      April 8, 2017 at 12:52 pm Reply

      Thank you! It’s so nice to be able to be outside and explore!

  • Lauren @ Imperfect Adventures

    April 7, 2017 at 9:09 pm Reply

    These are such great ideas! I’m not particularly creative, but have wanted to encourage my kids with crafts and activities. Can’t wait to try some of these!

    • Vicki

      April 8, 2017 at 12:53 pm Reply

      I hope your kids have fun with them!

  • Kristin

    April 7, 2017 at 11:08 pm Reply

    What fun activities!! My kiddos love a scavenger hunt, and all the others look great too.

    • Vicki

      April 8, 2017 at 12:53 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Lauren

    April 8, 2017 at 2:37 pm Reply

    That play doh looks like so much fun! Our kids would love a scavenger hunt to bring on our first hikes of the season 🙂

    • Vicki

      April 8, 2017 at 9:00 pm Reply

      We love using the playdough! I hope your kids enjoy the scavenger hunt too.

  • Danielle

    April 8, 2017 at 5:09 pm Reply

    These are some great activities. Thanks for sharing. We love to make homemade play doh!

    • Vicki

      April 8, 2017 at 9:09 pm Reply

      We do too!

  • Kiley

    April 8, 2017 at 6:01 pm Reply

    We love spring and all your activities look so fun. We love to explore all the beautiful things around us–can’t wait to incorporate your activities this year.

    • Vicki

      April 8, 2017 at 9:09 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Kate A

    April 9, 2017 at 8:57 am Reply

    We recently added this book to our home library, and it’s quickly become one of our favorites… especially the bit with the bear- so cute!

    • Vicki

      April 9, 2017 at 11:58 am Reply

      I love the bears! The illustrations are so cute in this one.

  • Casey

    April 9, 2017 at 4:37 pm Reply

    Awe…that book sounds so sweet! I also love the other activity ideas..that’s the homemade play doh recipe I remember from childhood! Been looking for it!

    • Vicki

      April 9, 2017 at 7:29 pm Reply

      I’m so glad I could help! It is so easy!

  • Jessica Peresta

    April 9, 2017 at 9:30 pm Reply

    I love the idea of a Springtime scavenger hunt. We love to take nature walks.

    • Vicki

      April 9, 2017 at 9:46 pm Reply

      We do too! My daughter loves being outside as often as she can.

  • Danielle

    April 10, 2017 at 5:20 am Reply

    We love making playdough in our house! And scavenger hunts are so much fun!

    • Vicki

      April 10, 2017 at 12:48 pm Reply

      We do too! It’s so much fun to make it ourselves!

  • Lisa Benavidez

    April 10, 2017 at 1:14 pm Reply

    Awesome! My toddler would love all of this! And my older girls would too 🙂

    • Vicki

      April 10, 2017 at 9:12 pm Reply

      I’m so glad!

  • rachel

    April 10, 2017 at 9:29 pm Reply

    Ah! I need to make this sensory dough! My son would love it!

    • Vicki

      April 10, 2017 at 9:43 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy it! I love how easy it is!

  • Kathy

    April 12, 2017 at 8:01 am Reply

    I’m always impressed by the activities you develop to accompany each book you feature. They are accessible in so many different ways and look like so much fun to do with kids.

    • Vicki

      April 12, 2017 at 12:11 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! It means so much to me to hear that!

  • Shay

    April 18, 2017 at 5:56 pm Reply

    Great ideas! Love reading kids books and then doing activities along with it.

    • Vicki

      April 18, 2017 at 8:08 pm Reply

      Thanks! Me too!

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