The weather is getting warmer, the landscape is getting greener, and we are getting ready for the end of the school year. Spring is here and these familiar changes are welcome!
Spring has many traditions, but it also signifies rebirth and renewal, which makes it the perfect time to try something new. If you’re looking for springy ideas and activities, start by finding something new on Pinterest.
Check out some of the fun spring activities we’ve compiled for students and Learning Coaches on the “Spring Forward” Pinterest board.
Spring Weather Activities
- Do Fun Rainy Day Crafts for Kids. Spring keeps you on your toes—you never know if it’s going to rain or shine! For those rainy days when the kids are stuck inside, make rainy day crafts like Book Blankets, Multicolor Super Crayons, and more.
- Branching Out: Learn All About Trees! How much does your child know about trees? Paper production, photosynthesis, and the carbon cycle are just a few lessons that trees can teach. Check out this blog post to find tree activities and other ideas to try just in time for Arbor Day in your state.
- Grow a Sponge Garden. You might have helped your child plant seeds in a pot or jar, but how about on a sponge? Try this fascinating and simple activity with younger children.
Spring Cleaning Ideas
- Make Spring Cleaning a Learning Experience. Feeling swamped by spring cleaning this year? These tips and tricks will not only motivate your family but also turn spring cleaning into a learning experience. Take a look to see what lessons your kids can learn while helping out.
- Go Green with Homemade Cleaning Solutions. Many home cleaning solutions aren’t safe for kids to use. To get your child involved this spring, make some homemade cleaning solutions using safe ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. Ask your child to help you measure and mix these solutions. It gives you the chance to discuss acids and bases and other concepts.
- Spring Cleaning with Shaving Cream. One teacher suggests making cleaning fun by spraying shaving cream on a dirty work space—try this on a desk or worktable at home! You can also incorporate language arts by asking your child to spell out spring vocabulary words like “caterpillar” and “daffodil” in the shaving cream.
- “Planets Form like ‘Dust Bunnies.’” You never thought you could learn something from those pesky dust bunnies hiding underneath the couch, did you? Take a look at this article to discover the similarities between dust bunnies and planets, then explain this concept to your child when he or she helps with the dusting. It can make a great introduction to a lesson about the planets.
“Springy” Spring Activities
- Play on Words. It’s time for some wordplay! What else does the word “spring” mean? It’s used in “hot spring,” “bedspring,” and “spring into action.” Explain the differences to your child starting with this chart of homophones and list of practice activities.
- Slinky Springy Earthquake Waves. A spring such as a Slinky can model the waves that an earthquake makes. Try this activity with your child to teach him or her more about the science of earthquakes.
- The Anatomy of a Hot Spring. Take a look at this graphic to show your child how hot springs work. Then do this hot springs activity to demonstrate how hot water moves to form a hot spring.
If you and your family do any other spring activities for kids, let us know which ones you like the most.