Spring Activity Theme
Just in time for
lots of themes and activity plans are in
Rainbow Resource Room!
learn about the spring season as they sing this sensory song from Nicole
Did you ever see a Lassie?)
see it springtime, it's springtime, its springtime.
see it springtime, the grass is so green!
the flowers, the sunshine and showers.
see it's springtime, and I am so glad.
ears can hear
its springtime, its spring time, its springtime.
hears its springtime, the birds sweetly sing.
the lambs bleat the frogs croak, the bees buzz.
hear it's springtime, and I am so glad!
body can feel
its springtime, it's springtime, it's springtime.
feel it's springtime, the air is so warm.
the breezes, no frost and no freezes.
(Variation: The warm air, the breezes,
the pollen, the sneezes)
My body can
feel it's springtime, and I am so glad
Board: "Spring Has Sprung" Muffin Liner Scene
offers this week long lesson plan saying, "This is a good lesson for
colors and texture. Children can use a variety of materials including
liners to create a spring picture. This is a simple, multi step
that can be spread out over a week, if you want, or you can do the prep
work yourself and have the children construct their pictures in one
Brightly colored muffin liners (a variety of sizes)
Leaves (can use
silk or cut from anything)
Grass (I use the
shredded stuff that goes in Easter baskets, or you can use scraps of
1: I take my kids out for a walk in
the springtime and we play games such as I Spy to take note of
we see outside. On windy days, we notice the cloud patterns and
nice days, we notice the clear blue sky. I also get them to use
5 senses to describe what they notice outdoors. This is a good
to introduce the craft.
2: Indoors, I mix colors and show
children what new colors are
created when you
them together. I eventually lead them to the color blue.
On heavy paper,
children finger paint a clear blue sky or add drops of
black to make a
blue-grey sky. I also give them a variety of tools to
with. On the bottom half of the paper, have the children
finger paint a
bottom. Let these dry. As an added painting activity,
a number of popsicle sticks to paint green. Let these dry
3: Have the children take their
popsicle sticks and put a drop of
glue on the
Take a large muffin liner, stretch it out a bit and affix it
to the top of
Put a small drop of glue in the middle of the large muffin
a smaller muffin liner and affix it in the center of the large
You have just made a pretty flower. Repeat the process.
my kids make two
others make up to ten. It's up to them. Let these
of paper and spread glue on the green section using your fingers or a
brush. Sprinkle your green grass basket filler over the
Glue the backs of your popsicle flowers and affix them onto your
Glue your leaves on. Let your creations dry.
4: By now your creations should be
dry. You may notice that some of your green basket filler is
in some places. You can glue these
down and give
glue in some places. This is where the individuality of the
I set out gold glitter glue, circular objects such as
pipe cleaner, paint and so on. The kids can use them to make
sun, using any
they want. Some of my children finger paint a partial sun
outside and the sun doesn't come out on days like these).
5: Your creation should be
dry now and ready to be displayed on your spring theme bulletin
These creations are so colorful and so
are finished. Parents also love them!
Depending on the age group, this activity can take a long time or can
be done in two
I did this with preschoolers and they absolutely loved it!
I think this
would be ideal for any age group that is studying a spring
Painting With A Scent
children to incorporate their sense of smell in an activity often
Paper (prefer stiff)
Mix each flavor in a separate container with about half a cup of
the children to paint on the paper with the brushes after dipping them
in the flavored water. The painting looks just like watercolor paints
Actually the whole art area smells great! The children love
brushes in and smelling them before they paint, they try to guess
it is. They come up with some pretty interesting guesses.
has dried the children can scratch their painting with their
finger and smell
paint on their picture. Just like scratch and sniff stickers.
I found the children just loved this. They were so excited to be able
to paint with a
they often have. The colors are perfect for spring too
because they are
and appear pastel. It's also a really cheap activity
mix is very inexpensive.
Note of Caution: The diluted
stains clothing and countertops / tables. Gail was able to get
out of the tabletops, but not the clothing and strongly recommends that
children wear smocks to protect their clothes.
During this preschool activity by Diane
S. teachers can encourage appropriate behavior, color recognition,
name recognition, discussion on spring and how plants and trees begin
grow after the winter.
board, large piece of brown paper, assorted smaller colored
paper, scissors, leaf and flower
place on the bulletin board a large tree cut out of the brown paper,
making sure you have a branch for each child in your class. Write the
children's names on the branches. Trace the leaves and flower patterns
onto construction paper, the older children can do this themselves.
Next, ask the children to cut them out. With the leftover brown paper,
make two barrels one for each side of the tree. Place the leaves and
flowers in the barrels.
The title I chose for my board is Our
Class is Blooming!
During circle time talk about how
is bare and what happens to trees in the spring? Why does this happen?
What can we do to our tree to make it look like it's spring? Ask the
about the branches? What is on them that is not on the trees
Have them identify their names. Go over the colors
of the flowers and leaves, are the
all one shade of green? Why not?
Can there be more than one shade of a
Next explain how the children can
and flowers to the tree by doing their very best at school, following
rules, cleaning up centers, and doing their best on papers or crafts.
the end of each day have the children who have had a good day choose a
leaf or flower to put on their branch. Encourage everyone to
so that the class tree can become big and full by the end of the month.
Cooking: Ice Cream Sundaes
Young children create their own ice cream
delights using fine motor control
during this fun activity from Debbie M.
Materials: Ice cream, assorted
ice cream toppings, assorted sprinkles,
cool whip, cherries, nuts, eatable
Description: We do this
for our spring parties. We allow the children to make
their own ice cream sundaes and they
an absolute ball. They are able to add their own toppings as much or as
little as they want. The only thing we as
grown up do is to put the ice cream
the eatable bowls because the ice cream
is frozen and too hard for the
to scoop. Both the parents and the children enjoy this extremely well.
During this preschool curriculum
by Virginia G. students learn about the four elements (soil,
water, seeds) necessary for plant growth.
Materials: Poster board,
colored markers, empty seed packet, (pictures of the type of seeds you
are planting are great for later recognition of the plant), styrofoam
cups, potting soil, seeds, water, plastic wrap and a sunny window.
Description: Discuss the
four elements needed to grow a plant. Soil, seeds, sun and water.
Enlist the students to help draw a sun in the upper corner of the poster
board. Make sure there are plenty of "rays' extending down the
Draw in the soil (brown) on the bottom 1/5
of the poster. Starting on the left side, draw a black seed in the soil.
Draw more seeds every few inches, but including some (green) "growth"
in each until you have drawn a sprout.
Extend a few of the yellow sun's rays all
the way down from the sun to the sprout.
Add water drops (blue) and a sprinkling can
just above the sprout. The class can color in the objects. Display the
poster in a prominent place in the classroom.
Next, use the cups and soil to help students
plant seeds in their own cup. Add a few tablespoons of water,
and cover with plastic wrap. Set in a sunny window for a few days (keep
warm at night). When the plants sprout, uncover. Review
the steps each day to remind students to water their plants.
During this Spring curriculum activity
youngsters will have the opportunity to grow their own grass head and
responsible for watering it daily.
Materials: Old pair of
nylon legs, grass seed, soil, small plastic containers (,jar or cleaned
cat food tins), elastic bands, googlie eyes (the ones you sew on), pipe
cleaners and a spray bottle.
1. Cut nylon at the knee
2. Scoop in 1 tbsp. grass seed
3. Scoop in preferred amount of
/ compacted (size of a softball).
Work the soil
to foot of nylon into shape of a head.
4. Tie the open end of the nylon
(snip excess nylon and leave about 3 inches dangling).
5. Have the children pinch the
through the nylon to make it easy to tie an elastic around for ears and
6. Sew on googlie eyes.
7. Make glasses out of pipe
8. Place grass head on top of
container (have excess 3 inch nylon dangling into the container
9. Pour in 1/2 inch of water in
of the container every couple of days.
10. Spray water gently over grass
on top 2 times each day.
WATCH THE GRASS GROW and watch the
enjoy creating there own hairdo's.
Lots more plant activities are in
Activity Theme in the Rainbow
Combine movement with this easy hands
art and craft activity by Yvonne S.
Materials: Large paper
plates, markers and crayons.
Description: Give each
student a paper plate with a small hole poked in the middle.
Let the youngsters decorate the backs of their plates with crayons or
felt tip markers. When they have finished, have them stick their index
fingers up through the holes in their plates to make the umbrellas.
Comments: My preschool
class walks around in a circle saying this rhyme:
Lots of Windy
March and Rainy
April Weather Activities are in
Oh me, oh my!
But our umbrellas will
keep us dry!
Caterpillars and Butterflies
developed this game from a poem that she found on the Preschool
Young children join a group, take turns and use gross motor skill as
run around a circle and find their place again. This is very
for the children in Annette's class.
Materials: A circular mat
to sit round, a large model butterfly suitable for the children to hold.
Description: Sit together
in a circle and recite and act out the poem Fuzzy
Wuzzy Caterpillar. At the end choose one person to get up
and fly round the circle holding the butterfly model.
Fuzzy wuzzy, creepy
You will be a butterfly
When the days are sunny.
Winging, flinging, dancing,
Butterfly so yellow,
You were once a
Wiggly, wiggly fellow
Little fuzzy caterpillar
In your warm cocoon
The cold winter's over and
be hatching soon.
Then you'll spread your
On a warm summer's day
And wave us all good bye
As you fly, fly away.
Comments: I teach
children with severe learning difficulties, ASD's and PMLD's from 2
- 6 years. The children I teach found this very challenging but
particularly the children with challenging behavior were motivated by
the fact they had to sit still to get the Butterfly.
A theme about Butterflies is in the Rainbow
Preschool and kindergarten children
the opportunity to develop pre-writing skills through tracing a diamond
during this early childhood activity by Kim. Patterning
reinforced using colored bow tie pasta to create the tail.
Materials: Diamond tracing
pattern, crayons or markers, pencil, colored bow tie pasta, paper and
Description: The children use a
trace the diamond on paper. Once they have traced their diamond
can color their kite any way they choose. Next, the children use the
to create a pattern on their kite tail. The pasta is glued in
on the tail and the children draw on their paper.
Comments: The activity
works very well with a mixed age group of children.
There's lots more Kite
Making activities in the Windy &
Weather Theme which is in the Rainbow
Bulletin Board Idea
Showers Bring May Flowers
Ashlee offers this
"What I did was put every other letter green and blue. Blue
the showers and green for the flowers. Then to add detail, I cut
out big rain drops to give to each child to personally decorate
If you can fit their names on the rain drops, it turns out awesome with
some glitter. Next have your class make some flowers for the rain
to fall on.
Or for more
ideas and preschool activities go to
the Preschool Rainbow