Use the 30+ Spring activities to engage kids in active learning experiences. Kids will have a blast measuring, counting, writing, and painting this spring!
Spring is a happy season for learning. During the Spring, so many things happen, from trees budding to flowers blooming. The season is extra appealing since the winter months are full of snow and cold. When Spring comes, there is a new energy in the classroom. Take that energy and apply it to learning!
No matter which subjects you teach – Math, Literacy, Science, etc. – Spring can be the central theme of any unit. In Science, teach about things that happen in Spring, such as a plant’s life cycle. For Math, count Spring items, such as flower petals, or measure how tall a plant is. Spring activities for literacy can include writing poems, reading spring passages, and letter recognition. Plus, there are specific Art lessons that are perfect for Spring!
Spring Activities for Math
There are many entertaining ways to teach Math. Kids respond well to the “same old” activities and games if there’s a theme to it. This Spring, use the season to make learning math interesting. Counting eggs, measuring flowers, and more springtime activities make mastering math skills fun.
- Observation – One Math skill that kids need to learn is observation. Give kids a handful of different objects, such as different colored beads or different kinds of candy. Have kids observe the differences and sort them into an empty egg carton accordingly.
- Plastic Eggs – Write a different number on each plastic egg you have, starting with 1-10 and moving on from there. Give kids small manipulatives, such as beads. Kids can practice those numbers by counting the correct amount of beads and placing them inside the plastic egg.
- Measuring Plants – Spring is all about new life and nature. To tie Spring into your regular math curriculum, plan an activity to measure plants. Bring in different plants (or grow them) and give kids the chance to measure how tall they are. You can also have kids measure different parts of the plants, such as the leaves, roots, and petals.
- Egg Patterns – Easter eggs can have many different patterns on them. From stripes to polka dots, Easter eggs tend to have a lot of different colors and repeating patterns. To help kids master the math concept of patterns, have kids make their very own Easter egg pattern, either painting or drawing it on a page. In effect, kids should be able to point out the repeating patterns they made.
- Spring-Themed Review Pages – The kids in your class have been working hard at learning essential math skills. This spring math worksheet bundle gives kids the chance to show what they’ve learned, from addition and subtraction to shapes and measurement.
- Egg Spinning – Introduce or practice the concept of time with two handy materials: a timer and an egg! You can use a real egg, a plastic one, or a combination of the two. Then, kids should spin the egg and use a timer to measure how long the egg turns.
- Spring Graphing – It’s easy to teach graphing with a fun spring theme. Kids can chart how many sunny vs. rainy days there are during a month, rainfall per day, and even how many petals each flower in a bouquet has.
- Spring Clip Cards – Clip cards are great for practicing math and literacy. When using clip cards, kids count objects or match letters to beginning sounds. Then, they use a clothespin to clip the correct answer! To get started with the spring theme, here’s a great clip card printable for counting numbers 1-10.
Spring Activities for Literacy
When teaching letter recognition and reading comprehension, practice makes perfect! To help kids practice without getting tired of the same old activities and games, plan on using a Spring theme to freshen things up! These literacy activities for Spring will give kids the practice they need, all with a seasonal theme that makes learning delightful.
- Acrostic Poetry – Springtime can inspire so much creativity in literacy. For instance, this spring acrostic poem is the perfect way for kids of all ages to write about Spring.
- Plastic Egg Alphabet Matching – Get ready to pop open all of those plastic eggs for some alphabet learning! Each plastic egg should have an uppercase letter written on the top piece and the matching lowercase letter on the bottom piece. Then, open all of the eggs and mix the pieces. Kids can practice identifying letters by matching the uppercase and lowercase letters together.
- Spring Reading Comprehension – Use these April reading comprehension passages to help kids learn how to read and comprehend passages this Spring.
- Read – Get ready to celebrate Spring by reading some books! A personal favorite is Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms, by Julia Rawlinson. In this book, the main character discovers many new things about Spring.
- Writing – Encourage creative kids to write in different styles this Spring! They will enjoy sharing their adventures and observations on paper with these engaging spring writing lessons.
Spring Activities for Science
There are so many fascinating Science skills to learn in Spring! A caterpillar transforming into a butterfly, a flower blossoming, even a rainstorm sweeping through the area – these are all Science lessons in the making! Use these spring topics to inspire your lessons.
- Flower Parts – There are so many different kinds of flowers out there. But, no matter how different they look, most flowers have the same parts. This Spring, teach kids about flowers, from how they get nutrients to why they are different colors. This spring science bundle can get you started.
- Nature Walks – Once the weather takes a turn for the better, plan to take kids out for a nature walk. During the nature walk, point out springtime things, such as the new buds on trees or the robin looking for a worm. Kids can compare this nature walk with ones they’ve taken during other seasons.
- Plant Art – When going on that nature walk, have kids find leaves and flowers that they like. They can then press these spring items or create crayon rubbings of them.
- Planting – Celebrate new life by growing a plant or a whole garden! Kids can grow the same plant or research and grow a different plant that they choose. This experiment provides a real-life experience that will make learning more memorable.
- Jelly Bean Structures – Jelly beans can be a fantastic science manipulative, as well as a tasty treat. This Easter, challenge kids to build a structure or sculpture using jelly beans and toothpicks. After creating a structure, kids will love snacking on this tasty treat.
- Butterfly Life Cycle – Butterflies make their appearance in Spring, making it an excellent Science topic to learn. Talk about a butterfly’s life cycle, including how they build a chrysalis to change from a caterpillar to a butterfly. To give kids a live example, order a butterfly farm where kids can watch the process in person, recording what they observe in their science journals. This butterfly unit includes valuable life cycle and non-fiction activities about butterflies!
- Playdough – Give kids playdough and other craft supplies and have them demonstrate what they’ve learned with a model. This model could be of a plant that includes roots and petals, or it could be one of a butterfly’s life cycle.
- Raincloud in a Jar – April showers bring May flowers. Study those April showers by making a rain cloud in a jar. To do this, pour water in a jar and top it off with shaving cream. Kids can then use a pipette to squeeze drops of food coloring on the top of the shaving cream “cloud.” This experiment will help kids understand how those spring showers work.
- Colorful Carnations – Flowers can change colors under the right circumstances. Kids will love performing this spring science experiment, using water, food coloring, and carnations to discover how long it takes for flowers to change their colors.
- Fly a Kite – We all know that Spring can be a little windy! Take advantage of this and have kids build their very own kite. Kids can research different kite designs and choose one that they think will work best. On a breezy day, head outside with those kites and see how long these creations can stay airborne.
Spring Activities & Art Projects
Art projects give kids a way to express their learning in a new way. They provide a way to master fine motor skills that help with writing and other educational skills. These Springtime arts and crafts activities include great ideas like sponge painting, paper mosaics, and more!
- Spring Headbands – Make bunny ears! Kids cut out bunny ears using construction paper, as well as a band that will fit around their heads. After gluing these pieces together, kids have their very own spring headband.
- Sponge Art – Sponges and paint transform a simple piece of paper into a springtime masterpiece! To do this sponge activity, kids use sponges to create spring designs on their paper or canvas.
- Painting with Plants – Not only are flowers beautiful in a vase, but they’re also functional. Kids can use flowers or even leaves to paint a photo. To do this, dip a flower head or leaf into the paint and press it on a piece of paper. Use different plants to make different designs.
- Sensory Bin – A sensory bin has different materials and supplies that kids can touch. To create a spring sensory bin, add items that remind them of Spring, such as butterfly toys, rubber bugs, and even silk flowers. Kids will love digging in, discovering all of those spring items.
- Make a Rainbow – With all of those spring showers, you’re likely to spot a rainbow during this season! Celebrate Spring by making homemade playdough in every color of the rainbow.
- Egg Predictions – Take those leftover plastic eggs and transform them into a fun classroom game! Put different objects in the eggs, such as coins, torn up paper, tiny toys, erasers, and other objects. Have kids shake the eggs and make predictions on what they think is inside!
- Directed Drawings – Springtime is the perfect season to learn a new skill! This Spring, encourage kids to learn how to draw with these directed drawings instructions for April. Kids learn how to draw fun, spring-themed pictures.
- Flower Mosaics – Flowers are so beautiful and unique. This Spring, make flowers the center of your art study by creating your very own flowers in class. Kids can tear construction paper into tiny pieces. Then, they can arrange the pieces into a flower mosaic, gluing them down to make their masterpieces last.
These Spring activities give kids a new way to learn essential skills. Whether you are teaching Math, Literacy, or Science, use them to engage and challenge kids in the classroom. It is going to be a delightful Spring in your classroom!
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