Spring offers milder weather and opportunities for children to experience fresh air and Spring breezes. Bring different flowers such as daffodils, tulips, crocus, snowdrops and lilacs into the classroom throughout the spring season.
Provide time for children to share their knowledge about the plants, to inquire about the plants, their names, the parts of the plants or anything else they are wondering about.
After the students have had time for exploration, use the flowers for activities such as comparing colors and shapes of the flowers, counting petals, or feeling the textures of leaves, stems, and petals.
Bring in extra flowers to use for science experiments. Put white snowdrops into cups of water with food coloring added. Students love to see how the white snowdrops change color overnight. Place tulips in vases and measure their growth.
Try the three crafts below for some Spring fun
Food color Spring flowers
This food coloring Spring craft for kids is not only fun but can be integrated with a study of air.
- Mix lots of food coloring with water (store each color in baby food jars with lids)
- Eye droppers
- absorbent paper
- Straws (label so kids don’t pick up the wrong one)
- Optional: – size small disposable gloves (kids fingers get colored!)
- Paper towels for quick clean up
- Newspaper to protect tables
- Art aprons
- Children drop food coloring/water mixture on the bottom of their paper with an eye dropper (just a few drops at a time)
- Children blow the food coloring mixture up and to the top of their paper
- Repeat until the page is covered in flowers
- Turn paper upside down so the biggest drops of food coloring are at the top to represent the flowers
Spring crafts for kids – March winds mixing colors
This activity is similar to the one above but children use paint instead of food coloring and are motivated by trying to make a Spring storm rather than flowers.
- Yellow and blue liquid paint (or any combination of 2 primary colors)
- Straws – give each child one when it is their turn and check they don’t get reused
- Cartridge paper
- Art aprons
- Put a tablespoon of each color paint on each child’s paper
- Children blow the paint with their straws and mix the paint with the ends of their straws
- When finished, children fold their picture in half, press it gently and reopen it
- Talk about the new color they made
- Tip – the paint blows easier if the children blow across the paper, not down on it.
Rabbit Envelope Craft
This fun craft and does not require many materials. Use a regular sized envelope, green Easter basket stuffing, and a few chocolate eggs.
Follow the directions under the envelope images.
ABC Rabbit – If you prefer, stuff the rabbit with index cards instead and have the children draw pictures of objects that begin with the letter “R” for rabbit.
Flower Stencil craft
Snowdrops – Use this Spring flower tracer to make stencils for your students. Provide thick green and white liquid paint and show them how to dab the paint on the stencil and gently lift it off to reveal a snowdrop below.
March Wind – Author unknown
March wind is a jolly fellow;
He likes to joke and play.
He turns umbrellas inside out
And blows men’s hats away.
He calls the pussy willows
And whispers in each ear,
“Wake up you lazy little seeds,
Don’t you know that spring is here?
March by Jay Lee
March is busy
as can be,
from bush and tree.
March is busy
night and day,
shooing wintertime away.