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Fun and Engaging Spring Activities For Preschoolers

What better way to celebrate that spring in the air than with spring activities for preschoolers!

 

Spring is an exciting time for children, filled with the new discovery and a chance to explore the wonders of nature.

 

This blog post will be your guid to engaging spring activities specially created for your preschool-aged little ones.

 

From blossoming gardens to colorful crafts, we’ve gathered a bouquet of ideas to keep your children engaged while fostering their development.

 

So, if you’re ready to embrace the beauty of spring and create lasting memories with your kids, read on!

 

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Art & Creativity

Painting with Nature

Supplies Needed:

Nature elements, paint, paper

How-to Guide

Go outside and collect grass, flowers, sticks, or rocks. Use these materials to paint on paper. Notice the different designs each material leaves on the paper. 

 

Baby Animal Silhouettes

Supplies Needed:

Baby animal outline, painters tape, paper, paint

How-to Guide

Print out your child’s favorite baby animal outline and cut it out. Loop painter’s tape and stick it to the back of the animal, and then stick it to a piece of paper. Let your child paint the paper making sure to paint over the animal. When they are finished, carefully peel off the animal to reveal the animal’s silhouette! 

 

Coffee Filter Butterflies

Supplies Needed:

Coffee filters, washable markers, spray bottle, pipe cleaners

How-to Guide

Using washable markers, have your child color several coffee filters. (This activity specifically works if your child colors on two coffee filters that are layered on top of each other.) Lay the colored coffee filters on a washable surface. Using a spray bottle, mist them with water. The more the filters are sprayed, the more the design runs and bleeds; the choice is yours!

After the coffee filters are dry, accordion fold the filters back and forth. Stack two folded filters (either two identical filters that were colored together or two different filters) on top of each other. Fold a pipe cleaner in half, and put the filters in between the folded pipe cleaner, having the middle of the filters secured against the pipe cleaner. Twist the pipe cleaner and curl the two open ends to look like butterfly antennas. Fan out the accordion pipe cleaners to reveal your beautiful water color butterfly!

 

Rainy Windows

Supplies Needed:

White paper, blue water color paint, straw

How-to Guide

Lay a white piece of paper on a flat surface. (You can draw a “window” outline on the paper to add effect if you would like). Carefully pour a little bit of blue water color paint onto the paper. Let your child use a straw to blow the paint in different directions to create the rainy look! 

 

Butterfly Symmetry Painting

Supplies Needed:

Paper, pencil, paint

How-to Guide

You can either print out a butterfly outline on a piece of paper or draw one yourself! Carefully fold the paper in half along the butterfly’s body, making sure to have a wing on each side of the fold and in line with each other. Unfold the paper and have your child paint one side! After they have finished painting, fold the paper with the wet paint on the inside. Press the folded sides lightly together and then unfold to reveal your symmetrical painted butterfly! For a more comprehensive illustration, view my guide to make your symmetrical butterfly here

 

STEM

Seed Planting

Supplies Needed:

Seeds, dirt, water

How-to Guide

Pick out several seeds that you would like to grow. Help your child plant them in a planter, the garden, or for added learning, in a clear container. Care as directed and watch your plants grow!

 

Rain Sticks

Supplies Needed:

Aluminum foil, wooden spoon, paper towel roll, decorated paper, tape, rice

How-to Guide

You will start by crumpling and rolling some aluminum foil around a wooden spoon. Take the coiled tin foil and insert it into a toilet paper or paper towel roll. You can have your child color and decorate a piece of paper that you can wrap around the toilet paper roll, or directly decorate the roll. Make sure to seal the bottom of the roll with some of the decorated paper and some tape. Add your desired amount of rice rain sticks here

 

Sunshine Shadow Exploration

Supplies Needed:

Sunshine, chalk, flashlight

How-to Guide

Go outside and find your shadow. Use chalk to trace your child’s shadow! Take a walk and discover other shadows that have been cast from the sun, such as flowers, trees, even little buzzing bees. You can also go inside the house and use a flashlight to discover different shadows! 

 

Slime

Supplies Needed:

White glue, water, food coloring, baking soda, saline solution

How-to Guide

What kid doesn’t love slime? It is so fun to be able to make your very own slime! This is the perfect sensory activity for the kids to explore and keep them fully engaged! Follow my recipe here for some fun!

 

Flower Dye

Supplies Needed:

White flowers, vase, water, food coloring

How-to Guide

Pick out some white flowers and put them in a vase filled with water. Add some food coloring to the water. Over the next several days, watch the color creep up and dye the white flower petals. 

 

Gross Motor

Bunny Hops

Supplies Needed:

Dice

How-to Guide

Let your child roll a die. Have them hop like a bunny the number of times the die says. You can turn this into a game by choosing a starting and ending point. “First one that hops to the sofa wins!” 

 

Water Play

Supplies Needed:

Sensory table, water table, hose, sprinkler, scoops, toys, water

How-to Guide

Use a sensory table, splash pad, or hose and sprinkler to create some water fun. Add some scoops, measuring cups, or toys to the sensory table to add to the exploration! 

 

Lily pad jump

Supplies Needed:

Paper

How-to Guide

Place several pieces of paper around the room to resemble lily pads. You can even draw and cut them out if you would like. Have your child jump from lily pad to lily pad without touching the ground! 

 

Spring Movement

Supplies Needed:

Pencil, paper, plastic eggs

How-to Guide

Write several different movements on to pieces of paper (“Do a handstand”, “Do 10 jumping jacks”, “Cartwheel across the room”). Place a each piece of paper into a different plastic egg. Have your kids take turns opening an egg and doing their chosen movement! 

 

Wheelbarrow Tape Walk

Supplies Needed:

Painters tape

How-to Guide

Tape a line along the floor, it doesn’t have to be straight! Hold your childs legs so that they are on their hands, and have the “walk” along the line! 

 

Fine Motor

Painted Rice

Supplies Needed:

Gallon storage bag, rice, paint

How-to Guide

Pour some rice into a Ziploc bag. Have your child pick out a couple of different colors of paint to squirt into the bag, along with the rice. After sealing the bag (you can reinforce the opening with masking tape if needed) let your child squish the rice and paint to create different colors! Afterwards, use your finger and draw different shapes, letters, or pictures in the rice.

 

Sensory Rice

Supplies Needed:

Pre-made painted rice, bin, scoops, toys

How-to Guide

Open the bag of colored rice that your child made and let it dry. After the rice is thoroughly dried, pour out the rice into a bin. Let your child enjoy running their hands through the colored rice that they made. Add small toys, blocks, and cars, and let your child dig around for the objects.

 

Bubble Play

Supplies Needed:

Dish soap, water, whisk, food coloring

How-to Guide

Mix dish soap and water to create lots of bubbles! Give your child a whisk to make more bubbles!  Add some food coloring to make different colors!

 

Sticky sensory garden

Supplies Needed:

Nature elements, contact paper

How-to Guide

Go outside and collect small nature elements such as flowers, grass, leaves, or sticks. Back inside, stick the collected nature elements to the sticky side of clear contact paper. After you have finished, attach the contact paper to a window to view your sensory garden! 

 

Wind Chimes

Supplies Needed:

Yarn, cups, paper, markers, large branch

How-to Guide

Using string or yarn, attach small plastic cups, decorated paper, or other objects to a larger branch. Hang the branch outside where it can catch a breeze. 

 

Social-Emotional

Cloud Dough

Supplies Needed:

Cornstarch, conditioner

How-to Guide

Have your child help your measure out 1 cup of cornstarch and ½ cup of conditioner. Mix together and you have some fluffy cloud dough! You can keep it white to resemble clouds, or use food coloring to make it your child’s favorite color!

 

Sensory Bottles

Supplies Needed:

Disposable plastic bottle, water, oil, seeds, glitter, marbles, beads, hot glue

How-to Guide

Use any empty disposable water bottle for this activity (preferably something made from sturdier plastic). You can fill the bottles with all sorts of different materials: water, oil, seeds, rice, glitter, marbles, small toys, sequins, beads, ect. Make sure to secure the lid to the bottle well using hot glue. 

 

Pinwheels 

Supplies Needed:

Paper, scissors, hot glue, craft stick

How-to Guide

Cut a piece of paper so it is square. Cut each corner towards the middle of the paper, stopping a ½ inch – 1 inch before you reach the middle. Fold each of the diagonal cuts over itself, lining up the edges, and glue. Put a dab of hot glue on the back, in the middle of your pinwheel. Stick a straw or craft stick to the hot glue. Blow on the pinwheel and watch it spin! 

 

Fishing

Supplies Needed:

Kiddie pool, fish toys, net/strainer/whisk

How-to Guide

Fill up a kiddie pool or large bin with water. Place fish toys (or whatever you want) in the water. Give your child a net, strainer, or whisk to fish out the toys! 

 

Bubble Snake

Supplies Needed:

Disposable water bottle, old sock, rubber bands, dish soap, bowl, water, food coloring

How-to Guide

Cut the bottom off of a disposable water bottle. Take an old sock and slip it over the bottom of the bottle, covering the cut off portion (you may want to trim the sock if it is too long). Secure the sock with rubber bands. Squirt a lot of dish soap into a bowl of water and dip the sock portion into the water. Blow through the top of the bottle to make a bubble snake! You can add food coloring to the wet sock to get different colored bubbles! 

 

Language & Literacy 

Flower Petal Name

Supplies Needed:

Paper, pencil, white glue, flower petals

How-to Guide

Write your childs name in large letters on a pieces of paper. Have your child trace the first letter of their name with white glue. Pick the petals off of a flower and attach the petals to the glue. After your child finished the first letter, move on to the next and then the next until their whole name is finished and outlined with flower petals!

 

Flower Match

Supplies Needed:

Colored paper, scissors, marker

How-to Guide

Cut out several flowers using different colored paper. Get two flowers that are the same color. On one flower write an uppercase letter and on the second flower write the lowercase letter. You can do this with all the letters in the alphabet, the letters in your childs name, or just a bunch of random letters. Mix up all the lettered flowers and have your child match the upper and lower case letters together!

 

 

As spring blooms around us, it’s the perfect time to engage your preschooler in the wonders of this vibrant season.

 

Remember, these spring activities for your preschooler are not just about having fun; they’re about bonding, learning, and instilling a love for nature and creativity in your child’s heart.

 

So, grab your rain boots, gather some art supplies, and head outdoors to make the most of this exciting season.

 

Happy springtime adventures with your preschooler!

 

Here is the Preschool Spring Lesson Plan if you want to follow along:

Spring Activities for Preschoolers Spring Preschool Lesson Plan

 

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