20 STEAM Spring activities for kids: Teach about flowers, butterflies, birds, and plants with arts & crafts, hands-on math and science, and more for spring.
Spring is a great time to start fresh with new STEAM projects and activities. Spring is just the thing our classrooms need – bright, cheery imagery, warmer weather, and rainbows! You can add flowers and birds into your arts and crafts lessons. Study the changes in spring and with the weather – especially rain and rainbows. You can even witness plants springing back to life and animals and bugs returning.
20 Spring Activities for Kids
Spring encourages a bunch of new topics for your class to study. To get ready for the new season, I’ve gathered 22 spring STEAM activities for kids that are perfect for the primary classroom.
Proud to Be Primary – Spring Butterfly Directed Drawing
This butterfly directed drawing is the perfect art project for your class this spring. Not only does it work on following directions, but students will also get to explore their creativity as well as symmetry and asymmetry.
Proud to be Primary – Spring Science Worksheets
The free printable worksheets are perfect for any spring lesson plan. They cover parts of a caterpillar, life cycle of a frog, chickens, and butterflies. This resource is only a small sampling of what I have to offer in my full Spring Life Science Bundle.
One Sharp Bunch – Butterfly Life Cycle Freebie
Spring is the perfect time to teach about life cycles. Learn about the butterfly life cycle with the helpful book suggestion, daily activity suggestions, and free butterfly life cycle sentence strips.
Schooling a Monkey – 3D Monarch Butterfly Model
With spring, comes butterflies! This 3D monarch butterfly design helps students study the different parts of a butterfly, while the actual construction of it helps reinforce what they’re learning.
Life Over C’s – Spring Flower Investigation
Break out the rulers and head outside where your students can measure the different growing flowers and other plants that start sprouting in spring. Repeat the process over a couple of weeks so students can chart the plant growth.
The Imagination Tree – Growing Beans on Cotton Balls
Your class can watch how a plant grows with this simple science experiment of growing beans on cotton balls. Growing plants indoors in the class is a great way to track plant growth.
Red Ted Art – Growing Cress ‘Heads’
Red Ted Art – Simple Science For Your Cress ‘Heads’
Growing cress heads is another simple plant growth activity you can do with your class, Red Ted Art also gives suggestions on different questions to have your students thinking about and find answers.
Chloe Me Just Me – How to Make Daffodils
Creating daffodils is a bright and cheery spring craft for kids. It allows students to express their creativity and put their engineering skills to good use.
Fun-a-Day – Color Experiment with Coffee Filter Flowers
This fun color experiment will have your students using liquid watercolors in eyedroppers to dye coffee filter flowers. Watch the colors mix and spark a conversation about saturation versus over-saturation.
Fun-a-Day – Spring Math Game
Here’s a spring-themed math activity that will help students identify numbers set in the style of a fun game. Students can play with a partner or in small groups. There are also different variants to the game offered.
Kitchen Counter Chronicle – Dyeing Carnations Science Experiment
Everyone loves some fun color science! This dying carnation activity will be exciting for students all day long. They will be able to see the change in the flowers’ colors the entire day, and it’s the complete transformation the next morning.
Buggy and Buddy – Sun Shelter Experiment
Using pipe cleaners and UV-sensitive beads, students get to make a little animal. This science and engineering activity will challenge students to create a habitat that will protect their animals from the sun.
Buggy and Buddy – Chromatography Butterfly Craft
This two-part activity starts with a fun science experiment to see what each marker’s color is made of (what colors mix to create a new color). Once the coffee filters have dried, students make cute and colorful spring butterflies out of them.
Natural Beach Living – Pond Theme Activities & Printables
You don’t need to go to the pond for this activity, scoop up some water, and bring the pond to your students! Not only will it be fun having the students inspect the pond water, but there are also free printable activities to do as well.
Natural Beach Living – Ladybug Math Printable Counting Clip Activity
This ladybug count and clip game is a simple math activity that will give your students a great visual and hands-on way to recognize numbers. If you want to add a fun craft element to it, you can have your students help paint the clothespins red and add on wings to make ladybugs.
A Little Pinch of Perfect – Insect Science Activity
It only takes some playdough and a few craft supplies for students to make these fun insects. It also opens up discussion on insects and helps teach the various parts.
I Heart Crafty Things – Static Electricity
With a balloon and tissue paper wings for a butterfly, have a discussion and hands-on experiment on how static electricity works.
Artsy Craftsy Mom – Umbrella Counting and Color Sorting
Spring is known for having a rainy period, so umbrellas are the perfect image to use in this counting and color sorting game. Every umbrella is assigned a number and is a specific color. This exercise is a fun activity that does double duty!
Kids Craft Room – Make a Bird’s Nest STEAM Project
Using items from nature and art supplies, this STEAM challenge encourages kids to construct their own bird’s nest – complete with crafty little birds.
Pink Stripey Socks – Crystal Flowers
This fun science project for kids starts with a hypothesis and monitors the jar of flowers over time to see how it changes and what that change is.
Pre-K Pages – Leaves Math Activity
Bring some of nature inside for this math activity involving leaves. Not only can students count the different types of leaves, but they can also use them for texture comparison, measuring the different heights, and pattern making, among many other options.
Mom Inspired Life – Butterflies and Flowers Number Line Activity
Incorporating flowers and butterflies into your activities gives everything that warm feeling of spring. This math game is no exception. Students will roll the dice, trying to get their butterfly to the number ten (or whatever the highest amount you decide to use).
What’s your favorite spring activity for kids?
Spring Resources for the Classroom & Homeschool
Want to try more directed drawings this spring? Try the May Directed Drawing Mats!
Create a meaningful spring science unit with this comprehensive resource for spring.
More Spring Activities for Kids