Spring is a great time for learning activities with children, because spring themes are eye-catching, colorful, and fresh – perfect for capturing the interest of any child and sparking their abilities to create and learn! Here is a collection of learning activities that your children are sure to enjoy, especially when you do them together.
Go for a Walk
Pick a warm, pretty spring day and head outside for walk. To begin, explain that you’ll be playing a game called I Spy as you walk. Your kids will ‘spy’ clouds, blue sky, green grass, budding leaves, birds, flowers, rocks, maybe even a bee or butterfly. Next have them close their eyes. First ask them to listen and talk about what they hear. Second ask what they smell. The goal is to immerse the children in the sights, sounds, and smells of spring.
Learning about Colors
Colors are fascinating, and a simple color wheel and some finger paint and paper is a great way to start learning. Depending on the age of your children begin with a color wheel. Talk about primary colors, secondary colors and how they are made, as well as warm, cool, and complementary colors. Now, give your children paper plates with dollops of the primary colors. Teach them how to mix the colors to create the secondary colors. Now join them as you each paint a spring time scene on your paper with the paints and colors on the plate. And display your works on art on your bulletin board or refrigerator, wherever your gallery is located at home.
Ready, Set, Grow
Spring is the perfect time to teach your children all about what plants need to grow. From soil to sun to water and seeds, kids will love these activities and experience a sense of pride and accomplishment when they see the efforts of their labor. (This activity could grow into the start of your home garden.)
Planting Seeds –
Gather paper cups, potting soil, and seeds of choice (you can pick or better yet let the kids choose their favorites). Have the children fill their cups with soil and plant their seeds inside. Next, the kids add a couple of tablespoons of water, and cover their cups with plastic wrap. Now, set the cups in a sunny area. In a few days, the kids will be able to see their seeds sprouting and uncover them. Remind them to water their plants and keep them healthy until they are ready to transplant.
Sprouting Beans –
For this learning activity, you’ll need dried beans and a jar with a lid for each child. On the first day, the kids will rinse the beans and put them in a jar. Fill the jar with water, just enough to cover the beans. On day two, kids empty the water and lay the jar on its side, so the beans can spread out. For day three, kids will fill the jar again, swish the beans around, repeat day two, emptying the jar and laying it again on its side. Day four repeats day three’s activity. On day five, you should have sprouting beans that can be eaten or planted!
Blooming Bulbs –
This activity lets kids see the changes taking place as a bulb produces a flower. For this activity, you will need a clear cup or container, marbles or pebbles, water, and a flower bulb for each child. On day one, the kids will fill their container three-fourths of the way up with marbles or pebbles, placing the bulb on the top. Next, they’ll fill the container with water until it covers the bottom of the bulb. Now sit the bulb in a sunny location and watch. As the bulb grows, kids will need to maintain the water level. Not only can they watch the growth of the plants, but they’ll also be able to watch the roots growing too. If your kids are really interested, do the activity with different kinds of bulbs, and examine the growth patterns and the results before transplanting them outside.