The spring season is almost here, which means it’s time to break out the fun spring activities! Spring learning is the perfect time to celebrate the spring holidays with our students. We focus on topics our little learners love, like plants and animals, signs of spring, and spring weather! Plus, the arrival of spring means warmer days are ahead!
It becomes easy to engage our students in spring learning and activities with all of these wonderful things going on. We can focus on themes like St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, spring colors, Earth Day, and more!
St. Patrick’s Day
Our classroom focus is on St. Patrick’s Day, beginning early to mid-March. So, I include activities with leprechauns, shamrocks, and rainbows. You can check out my St. Patrick’s Day Fun in Kindergarten post to discover the exciting activities we do to celebrate the holiday! For example, our St. Patrick’s Day Directed Drawings and St. Patrick’s Day Crafts and Writing Activities are a couple of my students’ favorite activities! Students love celebrating the holiday in the classroom because I combine learning with FUN! Plus, I love connecting crafting with writing activities to keep my students engaged!
When we get into April, our focus for spring learning in kindergarten shifts to Easter! It seems like almost everything has an egg or bunny theme. So, our Easter Directed Drawings and Easter Crafts and Writing Activities are no exception! Just like our St. Patrick’s Day sets, students can create a craft to go with the holiday and write a short story or sentence to go along with it. For example, when students make an Easter basket craft, they write a how-to piece about the steps you take to dye Easter eggs. These crafts are a creative way to teach literacy skills while including all things spring!
We also keep the same Easter themes and symbols in centers and STEM projects, just like we do for St. Patrick’s Day.
Other Spring Themes
In between the holidays (and sometimes before and after), we focus on the other spring theme activities. Spring is the time of year when it seems like everything is coming back alive, so I try to make my classroom activities reflect that. For example, we talk about the parts of a flower, the life cycle of a plant, the life cycle of animals, and insect life cycles! Focusing on these activities is a wonderful way to teach early learners about the natural world!
I stick mainly to those themes when doing Spring Crafts and Directed Drawings. Students draw and write about things like butterflies and bees. We also focus on crafts like birdhouses and beautiful spring flowers!
Spring Centers and STEM
I bring those same themes into our center time as well! For example, students might practice beginning sounds with a butterfly theme or a “read the CVC word” activity with a flower theme. I also incorporate spring themes into printed Spring Literacy Games, and digital literacy activities students play on Seesaw. Either way, students engage in essential kindergarten skills that are more meaningful because they include timely themes that keep students interested!
I can say the same for the STEM activities in my kindergarten classroom this time of year. These activities are an easy way to incorporate spring themes and help students reinforce skills they’ve built throughout the school year. For example, I give students a Spring STEM Learning problem like a bird who needs to lay eggs but doesn’t have a nest. Students then work to construct something out of provided materials. Using problem-solving and early engineering skills helps students hone important kindergarten skills that incorporate engaging spring themes. In addition, these activities are a great way to incorporate sensory play and strengthen students’ fine motor skills!
Benefits of Spring Activities for Kindergarten
Combining the seasons and holidays with your lessons makes for fantastic fun in kindergarten! For example, we focus on the spring holidays and new life, such as flowers, insects, birds, and baby animals in spring. I try to bring those topics into each area of the classroom, including spring craft ideas, writing, STEM projects, and literacy centers! As a result, these activities make a great addition to our spring learning in kindergarten because it feels more cohesive for students. Plus, you can make the learning experience so much fun for your students!