5 Exciting and Educational Activities for Preschoolers Just in Time for Spring
Springtime is one of the most exciting times of the year for preschoolers. With warmer weather comes splashing in puddles and flowers to pick, but also a season to learn all about growth and discovery. Whether you’re spending a rainy day indoors or a sunny afternoon in the park, consider these five educational activities for preschoolers and keep them entertained all season long.
1. Paint a Flower Pot
Small ceramic flower pots make an excellent canvas for imaginative preschoolers. Simply provide your child with a paintbrush, paint and a flower pot (or several) and allow them to create functional masterpieces. This presents a wonderful opportunity for preschoolers to learn about primary colors, as well as a chance to explore mixing hues to create new colors while developing their fine motor skills. Afterward, let the flower pots dry and then plant seeds with your preschooler and explain the importance of providing sunlight and water to help the seeds to grow into plants. The excitement will continue for weeks to come as your child watches the plant blossom.
2. Collect Rain Water
April showers bring May flowers and plenty of chances to learn about nature. Use a child-sized swimming pool (or a small container, if space is an issue) and collect rainwater. Use brightly colored tape or marker to mark the level of water in the container after each shower and continue to track the progress throughout the season. This is a terrific way to teach young children about units of measurement and the water cycle. By reusing the water to water plants, you can also introduce the concept of water conservation.
3. Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt
Springtime is chocked full of changes in nature. With flowers in bloom, birds chirping and butterflies in flight, your child will marvel at the chance to explore their surroundings. Create a simple nature scavenger hunt map for your child to complete in your backyard or local park. Upon finding each item, present your child with a fun fact. For instance, after spotting a bird, discuss how feathers help them to fly.
4. Make a Wind Chime
Wind chimes are a whimsical way to teach children about the environment. By creating a wind chime from recycled items, you can further enhance the exciting lesson. Gather items from around the house or the yard to create your one-of-a-kind wind chime. Use coffee cans, small metal buckets, plastic cups, shells, yarn, colored paper…
Try one with an old coffee can.
- Color an empty coffee can with permanent markers and attach the lid.
- Holding the can upside-down, poke several holes across the lid.
- Cut several strips of fishing line or string in varying lengths and then tie a hole to secure each one in a different hole.
- Tie bells, shells, or even old, painted or colored CD’s or DVD’s to the opposite end of the string and secure the coffee can in a tree or on a porch.
When the wind blows, your child will hear all the different sounds their creation makes, when there is little wind or when there are large gusts.
5. Make Your Own Bubbles
Sunny spring days are ideal for mess-free bubble blowing extravaganzas but by making your own bubbles, you can transform the activity into a learning experience as well. Simply add one tablespoon of dish soap to one cup of water and gently stir (the fewer the suds, the better the bubbles!). Allow your child to assist in the measuring and stirring process to teach them how adding the correct amount of each ingredient can create an exciting mixture. For an added touch of fun, add food coloring and allow your child to create their own shade by mixing primary colors. Afterwards, add the mixture to a bubble blowing machine or have your child use a traditional wand to blow bubbles. Be sure to limit the bubble blowing to the outdoors as the solution may stain.
By combining these fun activities with educational elements, you can help your preschooler learn about the world around them. These simple lessons help your child develop a solid foundation for the many years of education to come.