Do you enjoy spring as much as I do? It is my favorite season. The arrival of the robins, watching the first green shoots push bravely through the soil, chasing after your friend with a handful of worms! This author might be guilty of that one!
Spring is a HUGE deal in Canada. Our winters are very long. Just when you think you simply cannot endure another snowstorm you notice the first hints of spring. It’s definitely worth celebrating.
Would you like a really simple activity to help your family welcome spring? I have just the thing for you!
Spring Firsts is a ridiculously simple activity that appeals to younger children. It is really easy to prepare and children seem to love it.
Basically I chose 5 classic signs of spring and created a chart. My list included
- First Robin
- First new leaf
- First flower (flowerbed)
- First goose
- First blossom (on a tree)
Your signs might be different, depending on your location. The chart went up on the wall and the first person to spot the sign wrote their name on the chart. See I told you it was a really, really easy activity!
My boys always got super excited when the chart went up. They would immediately go looking for those signs. I loved to see them burst into our house with million dollar smiles to announce that they had spotted the first flower or robin.
Naturally this kind of activity has all kinds of merit. It
- Helps develop children’s observation skills.
- Introduces the idea of recording observations.
- Helps children learn about the passing of the seasons.
But best of all it is a fun way for families to welcome spring. It is something families can do together and it doesn’t require a lot of time to prepare. How’s that for the win?!
Super simple directions
- Create a chart. I kept mine really simple and you can download it here. If you have the same signs of spring that we do you can just use mine. If not edit this word document to create one that is specific for your region. I used the free clip art that is available on Phillip Martin’s website.
- Print out the chart and put it in a central location. Invite your family to fill it in as they spot each of the firsts. They could print their name on the chart, make a dot with a marker, or use a small sticker.
Note: You may have to explain the difference between flowers that grow straight out of the ground and blossoms that grow on a tree or bush.
A few more suggestions to help you welcome spring
There are all kinds of ways to extend this activity with little ones. You could read a book that celebrates spring. One my favorites is “Bear Wants More” by Karma Wilson.
This is a great book to read and children love it. Bear has been asleep all winter and wakes up very, very hungry. Fortunately his friends are on hand to help him find enough food to eat.
The story is funny and the illustrations are very appealing. The rhythm and alliteration of the text make it easy and fun to read aloud. It is a wonderful story bout spring. Borrow it from the library or buy it here (affiliate).
You can also check out my Spring board at Pinterest. I’ve collected the very best spring activities in one place.
Now it’s your turn
How does your family welcome spring? Do you have any special traditions? Please leave your suggestions and links in the comments below.