Celebrate spring with science explorations, math activities, and create ways to bring the blossoming outdoors into classroom and home learning.
Preschoolers will have an egg-cellent time creating their own mosaic Easter eggs from balled up tissue paper! This activity from the GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 3-Year-Olds is a great way to get little ones using their creativity and fine-motor skills.printable Art Spring Large Group
Positive interactions with animals make important contributions to a child’s quality of life, yet many children today have only limited opportunities for deep engagement with animals. As Dr. Ruth Wilson explains in her book Naturally Inclusive: Engaging Children of All Abilities Outdoors, we as adults can help young children experience a life that is “really good” by strengthening their connections with animals and other living things. This bug box activity will not only foster a sense of wonder, but also encourage a sense of kinship with nature as children create a small habitat for the bugs that they find.Outdoor Learning Spring
In this activity from The GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 3-Year-Olds, children will take part in painting their own flower pots and planting flower seeds. Allow the children to observe and take care of the plant with water and sunshine, and talk to them about the growth cycle of plants from seed, to bud, to bloom.printable Science Spring Large Group
Welcome spring with this nature necklaces activity! We know that interacting with nature is beneficial for children on many levels, but sometimes it can be difficult for teachers to know how to incorporate nature into children's days. This nature necklaces activity from The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6 can be done outside or inside (with collected nature items brought indoors) and incorporated easily into other curriculum or learning centers.printable Outdoor Learning Art Science Spring Large Group
Children are naturally drawn to beauty in nature. This activity allows children to observe and ask questions about flowers as they make their own flower arrangements. This activity can be done with fresh flowers from a florist, wild flowers from outside, or dried flowers. For more simple science activities that peak children's natural interest, get the book The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6.printable Outdoor Learning Science Spring Large Group
For preschoolers, nature makes up their entire world. It provides the wonder and excitement that preschoolers thrive off of; it is where children live, learn, and play. Nature allows children to be inquisitive and imaginative while being physically active — that’s why nature preschools are loved by educators!Movement and Play Lesson Planning Infant & Toddler Seasonal Learning: Fall Spring Social Emotional
Grow a potato plant, collect rain water and paint with natural objects in these activities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers that make spring activities educational.
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