It happens to the best of us. Co-parenting with the television is never our first choice. But sometimes it’s simply unavoidable—especially during the long winter months when everyone’s cooped up inside.
But never fear – spring is on its way! There’s certainly a place for an occasional education TV show, but why not take advantage of the spring season and creatively entertain your little ones as best you can?
As the snow melts and the trees begin to bud, there are plenty of fun, innovative spring activities for preschoolers that will get them up off the couch and embracing the new season.
If you’re up for some fresh, lively activities to keep your little ones busy, look no further! We scoured the Internet and compiled a handy list of fun crafts, activities and adventures you and your preschooler will love this spring!
16 fun spring activities for preschoolers
1. Budding trees
Preschool Plan It came up with a fun idea to create budding trees with nothing more than white construction paper, green and yellow tissue paper, brown crayons and glue. Kids can choose the shape of the tree trunk. Then you can show them how to crumple tissue paper to represent “tree buds,” dip them in glue and stick them to the branches.
2. Natural herbal playdough
“Organic” and “all-natural” are all the rage right now—and for good reason! Not only does this natural playdough from The Imagination Tree smell good, but it’s no-cook and only takes five minutes to make! Mix in rosemary, thyme, sage or whatever other herbs you enjoy. Your kids will have a blast smashing the dough around and you’ll enjoy smelling the calming herbal aromas.
3. Coffee filter window flowers
Hands On As We Grow came up with a fantastic craft to “create your own sunshine” with these coffee filter window flowers. The idea is quite simple: Let your preschoolers paint coffee filters with watercolors and once they’ve dried, cut them out into flower shapes and attach them to the windows with a washable glue stick.
4. Make a play garden
This “craft” takes a little more effort but is certainly worth it. Turn over a piece of lawn to create a small garden patch or use a corner of your existing garden. Then practice planting real flowers with your preschoolers. You can use play trowels and rakes, but the concept of planting seeds and watering them will help kids understand the basics of gardening.
5. Flower pot painting
Another clever idea from The Imagination Tree. Use thick pastel paint and wide brushes, and let your preschoolers paint flowerpots. Double the craft with a gardening lesson, or simply go along with your normal planting routine and enjoy your extra snazzy pots. (These make great Mother’s Day gifts as well!)
6. Fingerprint bunnies & chicks
If you’re looking for a simple craft, these fingerprint bunnies and chicks from Sarahndipities should do the trick! Using stamp ink, have your preschoolers press their thumbs onto the ink pad and press them onto thick cardstock. After that, practice drawing bunny ears or chick feet onto the little prints. Add some fun faces and voila!
7. How we dress in the spring
Brought to you by Preschool Plan It, this activity is both practical and fun. Put together a box of various articles of clothing and let kids identify which pieces we wear in the spring and why. Mix in clothing from all seasons and talk about the differences. Have a fashion show at the end, or get dressed up in mismatched clothes just to be silly.
8. Paper mache Easter egg
The Chocolate Muffin Tree suggests this great idea to create a multicolored egg made out of paper mache. Using balloons, tissue paper and paper mache glue, create beautiful egg-shaped globes that you can use as decorative hangings or as Easter baskets. Add glitter if you’d like to glam things up a bit.
9. Easy flowerpot cupcakes
The Imagination Tree brings these lovely little inventions to you. Bake cupcakes in miniature flowerpots at the same temperature as usual. Simply extend the baking time by five to ten minutes. Frost them with chocolate frosting to represent dirt. Then stick a green straw into the center of each cupcake to represent the stem. To top it off, place a flower in the top hole of each straw and you’ve got yourself a garden of cupcakes!
10. Become a cloud
Using white fabric or white blankets, let your preschoolers wear them as capes and pretend to be clouds. Preschool Plan It also recommends using music of different tempos to move quickly or slowly, as clouds sometimes do. You can also lay on the blankets to examine actual clouds!
11. Growing beans on cotton balls
This is another excellent experiment by The Imagination Tree and is a great way to teach kids about root systems. Stuff some cotton balls in a glass jar and insert a bean or two on either side. Water the cotton balls until they’re damp, place near a sunny window and watch their little eyes light up as the beans grow and sprout over time!
12. Paper bag tiara
Happy Hooligans came up with this enchanting springtime craft for preschoolers. Cut and shape a paper bag into a crown that fits around your little one’s head. Then, using a hot glue gun, attach fake flowers and green raffia. Preschoolers can pretend they’re fairies or princesses the rest of the day.
13. Go on a worm hunt
After it rains, pull on your rain gear and head out for some puddle jumping and worm hunting. You can get technical about it and talk through the biology of worms, or you can just enjoy spotting the creepy crawlers and holding their slimy bodies. Make sure to gently place them back in the grass once you’re done!
14. Spring-colored sand play
Buggy and Buddy came up with a great idea for a very simple activity that doubles as sensory play for kids. Pour colored sand into trays and place them somewhere where preschoolers can’t make too much of a mess—we recommend outside since it’s spring, after all! Provide materials like straws, yarn or other objects and allow kids to draw pictures in their sand and create textures.
15. Change a flower’s color with transpiration
Science Sparks brings us this classically fun springtime activity: placing white carnations in colored water. Once you dye the water, cut the stems a bit and place them in the water, you should start seeing results within a few hours! This is the perfect time for a short science lesson about how the water travels up the stem to the flower petals.
16. Frozen chalk paint
Crush up some chalk and sprinkle it into an ice cube tray. PBS Parents recommends using different colors in each compartment or layering for a multicolored effect. Freeze them in the freezer, and then take them outside to play with on a warm day. The ice cubes will melt in your preschooler’s hand and leave a lovely chalky color on the paper or ground.
Entertain & educate this season!
Spring is a magical season that holds so much excitement for little ones. Take advantage of this small window of time by trying out these springtime activities for preschoolers.
Depending on where you live, these months can still be a bit chilly and the precipitation can be unpredictable. As spring rolls into summer and the outdoors become more welcoming, check out this list for more ideas: 10 Engaging Outdoor Learning Activities for Kids.