Spring is a marvelous season. The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and the air is crisp with renewal and hope. Daycare providers can enhance their curriculum with story-time books and activities that celebrate the spring season.
Spring Art Activity
You will need: Eggshells, pipe cleaners, tempura paint, markers, and glue
Clean and dry eggshell halves. Let children decorate the eggshells using tempura paint and let them dry overnight. The next day, children can add details to the tulips using markers. Shape the end of a green pipe cleaner into a small spiral shape and glue the spiral part of the eggshell.
Spring Cognitive Activity
Duck Sorting Activity
Duck sorting teaches young children both classification and counting. For this activity you will need to cut both large and small ducks out of yellow construction paper. You can use a template or draw them freehand. You will also need two containers. Ask the children to sort ducks into large and small, placing the small ducks in one container and large ducks in another. Next, ask the children to count the total number of small ducks and the total number of large ducks. Ask them which number is larger.
Spring Cooking Activity
Butterfly Sugar Cookies
As a special seasonal treat, try Butterfly Sugar Cookies. Heat an oven to 400°F. Using a butterfly cookie cutter, cut butterflies out of premade sugar cookie cookie dough. Bake cookies for 6 to 8 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on a wire cooling rack. Ice the cookies with pastel icing. Next the children can decorate the butterflies with candies, licorice, and chewy fruit-flavored jelly candies etc.
Spring Finger Play
Five Little Flowers
Five little flowers standing in the sun (Hold up five fingers)
See their heads nodding, bowing one by one? (Bend fingers several times)
Down, down, down comes the gentle rain (Raise hands, wiggle fingers and lower
arms to simulate falling rain)
And the five little flowers lift their heads up again! (Hold up five fingers)
Spring Picture Books
Consider adding the following books to your child care resource center and read them during your Spring season unit:
How do you know it’s Spring? By Linda Masterson [Goldenbooks, 2002]
Spring Cleaning by Else Holmelund Minarik and David T. Wenzel [HarperFestival, 2003]
When Will it Be Spring by Catherine Walters [Dutton Juvenile, 2001]
Hunter Hopes for Spring by Marcus Pfister Herbert [NorthSouth, 1998]
Countdown to Spring! An Animal Counting Book by Janet Schulman and Meilo So [Knopf, 2004]
*Eggshell Tulip activity adapted from Enchanted Learning.com
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