Preschool Spring Theme

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In The Kitchen

Spring Pebbles Cupcakes

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) Butter
1 pkg. (10 1/2 oz) Jet puffed mini marshmallows (6 cups)
1 pkg (13 oz) post fruity pebbles cereal (8 1/2 cups)
1 can (16 oz) ready to spread frosting

Microwave butter in 4 quart microwavable bowl on HIGH 45 seconds or until melted. Add marshamallows; mix to coat. Microwave 1 1/2 minutes or until marshmallows are melted and smooth, stirring after 45 seconds. Add cereal and mix to coat well. Press cereal mixture firmly into lightly greased muffin pans to form cupcakes using about 1/3 cup of each. Cool and remove from pan. Spread with frosting. Makes 2 dozen.

A Flowery Snack

Soften a large package of cream cheese and ¾ pound of shredded American cheese. Mix together. Let each child arrange five round shaped crackers on a paper plate. Then they can make a round cheese ball and put it in the center of the crackers. Cover with clear plastic wrap and chill. Have with lunch or as an afternoon snack.



Spring Theme Ideas

Spring Walk

Take a spring walk with the children. Point out the sights of spring and discuss them.

Flower Arranging

Give children all types of artificial flowers. Provide plastic vases. Let children work alone or in groups to make flower arrangements.

Nature Walk

Walk around your neighborhood, looking for signs of spring. Robins and other birds are often first signs of spring and can usually be observed in most areas of the country.

Farm

Arrange a field trip to a farm. It is an interesting place to visit during the spring. Ask the farmer to show you the farm equipment, buildings, crops and animals.

Spring Cleanup

Each child should be provided with a paper bag to collect litter on a walk to a park in yourneighborhood, or even on your playground. The litter should be discarded when you return home. Also, the children should be instructed to wash their hands.

What’s Inside?

Inside a large box, place many spring items. Include a kite, an umbrella, a hat, a fishing pole, etc. Select an item without showing the children. Describe the object and give clues about how the item can be used. The children should try to identify the item.

Dressing for Spring

Flannelboard figures with clothing items should be provided. The children can dress the figures for different kinds of spring weather.

Spring Clothing

Collect several pieces of spring clothing such as a jacket, hat, rubber boots, and short sleeve shirts. Add these to the dramatic play area.

Flower Shop

Collect plastic flowers, vases, wrapping paper, seed packages, and catalogues and place in the dramatic play area. A cash register and play money can be added.

Spring Cleaning

Small mops, brooms, feather dusters and empty pails can be placed in the dramatic play area. A spray bottle filled with blue water, which can be used to wash designated windows, can also be provided.

Spring Is In The Air - bulletin board idea

Tissue paper flowers, construction paper sun, rain drops, birds, butterflies and sunflowers the children made. Place these items on a light colored background to make a fun bulletin board from the child’s art work.

Spring Walk

Take a walk with a group of preschool children. Lookfor trees, gardens or grass that show signs of newspring growth. Adopt a tree, bush etc. and take polaroid pictures to begin a "growth chart" for the tree etc. Young children can draw pictures and make upstories about their adopted tree or bush. While taking a walk occasionally stop and sing:

"Signs of Spring" to the tune of "The Muffin Man"

Do you see a sign of Spring?
A sign of Spring, a sign of Spring?
Do you see a sign of Spring?
Tell us what you see...(child's name).

Butterfly Garden

We planted a butterfly garden in the backyard (we water daily and observe the seedlings), and have planted seeds for a real garden. The children are amazed at how fast corn grows.

~Submitted by Cathie in Florida

2 Spring Ideas

Two ideas that I used with my kiddos yesterday were:

One activity that the children to enjoyed was to make a flower garden in our sand table. I supplied them with small plastic shovels, empty yogurt containers, & a basket of inexpensive fake flowers in three different heights (precut). I suggested that the kids plant flowers of various heights, kinds & sizes. As they planted, I demonstrated how to compare the sizes of the flowers using words such as big, tall, tallest, short, shorter, shortest & so on. We had fun with our gardening!

Another activity that I had available to them was a smaller sensory tub on the floor. In it I placed several types of seeds, leaves & buds, along with magnifying glasses. I encouraged the children to observe the small details of seeds, leaves & buds. Later in the morning I asked them to tell me about what they had seen, & I helped them to describe details.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Links to other Spring theme sites!

Spring - A to Z Teacher's Stuff
Spring Theme Unit - ABC Teach
Printable Spring Cards - Bonus.com
Spring Theme - Childcare and Beyond
Spring Crafts - Danielle's Place
Spring Activities - DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Spring Theme - Everything Preschool
Spring Season - First School
Preschool Spring Theme - Gayle's Preschool Rainbow
Spring Crafts - The Homeschool Zone
Spring - Hummingbird Educational Resources
Spring - Kid's Domain
Flower Power - KinderArt
Springtime Observations - Kidz Korner
Springtime - Perpetual Preschool
Spring Hats - Preschool Express
Spring Songs - Preschool Zone
Spring Gifts
The Spring Time Breeze - poem
All About Food: Springtime
Spring at The Virtual Vine - The Virtual Vine


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