Ahh, spring! Personally this is one of my favorite seasons of the year, and I love spending it with children. There is so much to explore outdoors as we watch signs of spring pop up throughout the community. And there are so many fun concepts to weave into your spring theme preschool activities!
Here you will find some fabulous resources for planning your preschool spring theme. Most of these activities are designed for kids ages 3 through 5, but many can be modified for younger and older kids as well.
WHY IT’S FUN
Have you ever noticed how much happier kids are when they are outdoors…especially in mild temperatures? During the spring we take learning outside as much as possible, and the kids love it!
WHEN TO TEACH A SPRING THEME
I like to build our spring theme lessons by starting with some of our nontraditional themes. Rocks and worms are great for when spring is just arriving but it’s not quite time to plant seeds or see flowers blooming just yet. From there I like to introduce a specific spring theme lesson plan set to explore the signs of spring, the types of clothing we where in spring and more. Then it’s time for exploring seeds and gardening. I wrap up the spring themes by learning about insects or birds depending on the kids’ level of interest. There are more than 18 different lesson plan sets in our spring theme, so it’s also fun to let the kids decide which topics they are more interested in exploring!
TEACHING TIPS & MAJOR CONCEPTS KIDS WILL LEARN
If you’re planning a preschool spring theme there are many possibilities for incorporating meaningful early learning skills.
These are just some of the concepts kids can learn about during a spring theme:
- signs of spring
- clothing we wear in spring
- life cycles (plants, insects, birds, frogs, etc)
- light and rainbows
- needs of and caring for plants
- gardening skills
- rain and weather
You can also use seeds, leaves, or flowers as manipulatives for many learning activities to teach math and literacy concepts.
ITEMS TO COLLECT AND REQUEST IN ADVANCE
If you get parents, friends, and family involved you can enrich the experience kids have during your preschool spring theme.
Collect or ask people to help you collect:
- small pots or cups
- gardening soil
- gardening tools for pretend play and/or actual gardening
- rain gear for pretend play
You might even invite special guests (or go visit if you can) to come and share about fields and hobbies related to fall. You could include:
- a master gardener
- a dendrologist (tree scientist) or local arborist
- a meteorologist
- someone from the local zoo to share about animal habits in spring
PRINTABLE SPRING THEME LESSON PLANS
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme.
GET YOUR LESSON PLANS
Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
MORE LESSON PLANS FOR SPRING
Click the image to learn more about each individual theme and get your copy.
RELATED SPRING PRINTABLES
These resources are also great supplements to your spring theme.
Play roll and color math games during small group or independent times.
Use theme related writing journal prompts to reflect on experiences all season long.
INDIVIDUAL PRESCHOOL SPRING ACTIVITY IDEAS ON FANTASTIC FUN AND LEARNING
Here on Fantastic Fun and Learning we’ve shared the following ideas to go along with a preschool spring theme. You’ll find fun and engaging activities to learn about favorite spring topics. Take a few minutes to watch videos for some of our spring activities.
(Click the playlist folder button with the arrow on it toward the bottom right if you’d like to quickly select which video you want to watch from the playlist.)
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INFORMATIONAL YOUTUBE VIDEOS
Learn about spring topics like why it rains, how plants grow, and all the amazing bugs you can find in the spring.
Peep, Quack and Chirp are ready for spring, but everything is dead and cold…at first! This is a great video to show toward the end of winter to encourage kids to start watching for signs of spring.
This very quick video works well as an attention grabber. Use it to generate a discussion about signs of spring, or watch it before heading out on a nature walk to look for signs. If you’re tech savvy, you might also take along your camera and video items that kids find so you can make your own signs of spring video.
Learn about the life cycle of a plant.
Investigate the life cycle of a butterfly.
Watch the life cycle of a butterfly in real life video and images.
Watch the life cycle of a ladyug in real life video and images.
Learn about the life cycle of a frog.
Watch the life cycle of a frog in real life video and photos.
Move along to Spring is Here as you dance and sing about signs of spring.
Learn about each season in the Seasons Song.
Add your own flowers as you sing this song with toddlers and preschoolers and reinforce color recognition.
Sing about bugs and insects with these easy to follow along song.
OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES
Finger plays and action rhymes are a great addition to your preschool themes. Here are a few terrific options to go along with a spring learning theme.
Teaching Mama has some fun action rhymes and songs for spring.
Sing some favorite Spring Songs from Everything Preschool.
Choose from a wide variety of teacher submitted finger plays and songs on Preschool Education.
If you’d like to supplement your hands-on learning with some online games you might try:
Play some nature inspired games on PBS Kids.
Play with matching puzzles, seek and find games, and more in this collection of spring games.
FAVORITE SPRING BOOKS
There are a ton of wonderful books to read for your spring theme. Below are some of our favorite picture books for a spring theme.
Examine the signs of spring with real photographs and nonfiction texts.
More Spring Books
Choose from a variety of ABC books about spring to read to little learners throughout the season.
OTHER PROPS AND TEACHING TOOLS
Reinforce learning with these hands-on materials for your spring theme. They can be used for sensory bins, crafts, and learning activities.
FREE SPRING PRINTABLES
Try these free spring printables to go along with your spring theme fun and learning.
POSSIBLE FIELD TRIPS OR ADVENTURES
- Visit a plant nursery.
- Go fruit picking if there are berries or fruits in your area that ripen in spring.
- Do a virtual field trip to see the changes trees undergo throughout seasons
As you wrap up your preschool spring theme activities take note of what the kids were most interested in throughout the theme. Continue on by investigating one of those concepts more in depth. Below are some possible suggestions.
More Spring Themes to Explore