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Saturday, March 18, 2017


I hear spring calling, don’t you? Come out and play! Come out and learn! March 20th is the “official” first day of spring, so let’s get started! I'll be demonstrating these activities on LIVE AT FIVE this Monday.

Make a bingo card with signs of spring and objects that children can find on your playground. Children can walk around the playground and and color in the objects as they find them. Children could do this activity individually or with a partner.
*Here's a SPRING-O card I made for you. I'm not the best artist so you'll need to go over the words and the pictures with your students.

Scavenger Hunt
Here’s a spring hunt for older students. Divide them into groups of 4 and give each group a clipboard with the items below. Have them record their answers. When you return to the classroom groups can share their results and compare answers.

     Spring Scavenger Hunt 

     Can you find a sign of spring? 

     Can you find something older than you? 

     Can you find something younger than you? 

     Can you find something rough? 

     Can you find something that feels soft? 

     Can you find something living? 

     Can you find something dead? 

     Can you find something smaller than your fingernail? 

     Can you find something bigger than you? 

     Can you find something green? 

     Can you find something yellow? 

     Can you find something that smells good? 

     Can you find some trash? Pick it up and throw it away! 


Long and Short
Give children a piece of string or yarn.  Challenge them to walk around the playground and find objects that are "longer" than their string and "shorter" than their string.
Spring Crown

Give child a sentence strip and invite them to draw signs of spring.  Let them collect small objects they find on the ground, such as leaves and flowers, and glue them to the crown.  Adjust to crowns to the children's heads and staple.
Spring Acrostic

After a spring walk, have children write the word spring vertically down the left side of their paper. Can they write a word (or sentence) for each letter that is a sign or symbol of spring? 

Hint! With younger children do this as an interactive writing activity.

Spring Poem
Have children fill in the words to create their own poem or a book.
     Spring looks like____.
     Spring smells like ____.
     Spring sounds like ____.
     Spring feels like ____.
     Spring tastes like ____.
     I like spring!

Brainstorm spring vocabulary words and then encourage children to make a web using words or drawings.
Spring Words

How many words can they write from the letters in “spring”?

Popcorn Tree
(Tune: “Turkey in the Straw”)
I looked out my window (Hand over eyes.)
And what did I see?
Popcorn popping on my cherry tree. (Hands on hips.)
What a surprise spring left for me.
Popcorn popping in my cherry tree.
Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. (Wiggle hips to the beat.)
Pop! Pop! (Jump up twice.)

Sing faster…faster…super fast!

Trace around the child’s hand and arm on a sheet of paper to resemble a tree trunk. Color or paint the tree. Glue popcorn or cotton balls on the branches to look like blossoms.
Hint! If you shake popcorn in a sack with a little dry red tempera it will look like pink blossoms.