Do you have Spring Break coming up? Are you looking for some fun activities to enjoy with your kids?
Why not add a little science to mix? It’s the perfect time of year for it. Green shoots are pushing through the soil, you’ll find worms in the garden and if you’re lucky there is frogspawn in the ponds. I still remember my son erupting into the kitchen with his eyes sparkling, “Mom come quick! The tadpoles have hatched.” Here’s 12 spring science activities that are super easy to set up. Are you ready to see your children’s faces light up with wonder? Let’s get started.
Kids love planting seeds. Every year I do a planting activity with preschoolers. They get so excited. One week later they rush into the library with 1,000 watt smiles, eager to tell me that the first sprouts have pushed through the soil. There is something almost MAGICAL about the whole process of planting and watching the first leaves appear. Here are the best planting activities I could find.
- Learn about plant root systems and watch a seed germinate with this experiment from Imagination Tree.
- You’ve probably seen the growing Grass Heads on Pinterest. Adapt the idea and have your children grow their hand prints. What fun!
- This simple experiment from Feels Like Home will help your kids figure out what a seed needs in order to grow.
Water and weather investigations
Where I live spring weather includes plenty of showers and breezy days. What fun! My boys loved nothing more than jumping in puddles! I can still hear them laughing as the wind blew everyone’s hair around. Remember the exhilarating feeling of running into the wind? Take advantage of your children’s natural delight with some water and weather related experiments.
- This impressive Walking Water science experiment is super easy to set up and definitely has wow factor!
- If you are looking for a quick prep activity try this water cycle in a bag from Playdough to Plato. This one is sure to keep their attention!
- Track the speed of wind by making your very own anemometer.
- Learn about air pressure with this simple demonstration.
Worms, frogs, and flowers
Eww squiggly worms and slimy frogspawn. Most children I know delight in these things. What could be better than feeling a squirming worm wriggle around in your hands?
- Kids love digging in the dirt, so why not make a worm jar?
Go hunting for frogspawn or tadpoles and maybe even watch them grow into frogs. Update: I have just discovered that in some countries it is illegal to remove frogspawn from ponds. Check your local conservation regulations. You may have to watch the tadpoles mature in their natural habitat. It is also recommended that you bring the frogs back to same pond when they mature.
- Watch how water moves through a plant with this beautiful experiment. It never fails to amaze! As far as I’m concerned there is nothing better than seeing that look of wide eyed wonder as children watch science in action!
Looking for signs of spring
Isn’t it wonderful when the weather turns warmer? The outdoors calls to children, so why not roll with it.? Searching for signs of spring is a great activity to encourage observation skills. You can keep it simple by inviting your children to point out the signs they see, hear, smell when you are out and about. If you want to go a little further try
- Keeping track of the “Spring Firsts” with this editable chart. This is such a simple activity, but my boys loved it. They would gleefully announce that they had been the person to spot the first Robin or flower.
- Record your observations in a homemade book.
Looking for more spring science activities?
Check out my Science Pinterest board
Have you ever seen your child entranced by something in nature or excited by a scientific discovery? You know that they love this kind of activity, so try to find the time to do one of them this spring. Your kids will think you are the coolest parent on the planet and you get get to share their excitement. This is the fun part of parenting, so take full advantage of it!
Now it’s your turn
What do you think? Have you tried any other spring science activities? Which one would you like to try? if you try one listed here I would love to hear how it went.
Leave me a comment below.