Spring activities for preschoolers don’t have to be complicated and can be a fun way to welcome the season! I have put together a list of 6 hands on, creative activities for you to try with your little ones. These crafts will keep you busy throughout the season and have many approaches. When I was putting together our list of spring activities, I wanted things I could easily pair with the printables and books that are included in the Spring Time Learning Bundle I created. You can download a whole bundle of spring time learning printables paired with books and activities here in my shop!
This list of activities can be used alone or paired with other activities and books. I hope you enjoy this list and I pray that it brings excitement to your learning journey!
Recycled Bird Feeder
Spring activities that include recycling are some of my favorite. We created this simple bird feeder using an empty carton, some twine, and bird seed. If you wanted to, you could paint or color your empty carton before putting together your bird feeder. I simply cut a rectangle shape in the front and on the sides of the carton, leaving about 1 – 1 1/2 inches of space for filling the carton with bird seed. To hang the bird feeder, punch two holes in the top of the carton and thread through some twine. We hung out bird feeder in a tree, but you could use a plant hook as well.
Spring Time Handprint Flowers
Spring means flowers and keepsake flowers are my favorite! Spring time handprint flowers is a simple craft you can do with or without paint. If you are ready for paint, simply paint your child’s hand and stamp it on a piece of paper and add stems and leaves. This could also be a great cut and paste activity if you are using construction paper for stems and leaves. The second option is to try this craft using colored paper. Trace your child’s handprint on a colored piece of paper and cut out stem and leaf shapes with green paper. Glue the pieces of paper together to make a handprint flower work of art! I have also included a blank template for this activity in my Spring Time Learning Bundle here.
Felt Flower Garland
This activity requires a few simple supplies from the craft store and some glue. Cut out various flower shapes using different color felt and the template here. You can glue your layered flower shapes together ahead of time or leave that step for your little one to do. I prefer at this stage to glue the two flower shapes together and give my little guy glue and sequins for decorating. We decorated our flowers using sequins and confetti glitter that we found at the Dollar Tree. You can also use buttons or other scraps of ribbon, if you prefer. When your flowers are decorated and dry, glue them on to a piece of yarn or string for hanging.
DIY Seed Paper Spring Activities
Nothing says spring like planting your own seeds. We have made seed paper the last couple years to celebrate the spring season. It is fun, interactive way to get kids involved in planting seeds, watching them grow, and is a fairly simple craft. You can visit this blog post here for step by step instructions for how to make seed paper. You are not limited to the colors of the earth, either. Last year we made pink hearts and flowers for Mother’s Day to mail to our family. I also made gift baskets for our grandmothers, putting in seed paper, handprinted terra cotta pots (see below) and a few gardening tools. It was a great alternative to the standard bouquet of flowers!
Terra Cotta Pot Painting
Spring activities include planting new seeds and watching them grow. A special way to include your little one in this process is by painting inexpensive terra cotta pots with acrylic paints before planting your seedlings. We gathered terra cotta pots from Lowe’s and painted them using an array of colors. When they are all dry, seal them with an outdoor paint sealer, if you would like. You can fill them with dirt and flowers or fill them with dirt, seeds, and watch your seeds grow. These pots would also make a great gift for someone who loves adding character to their garden!
Garden Sensory Bin and Shape Sorting
A sensory bin is an excellent way to keep your little one busy. This spring activity gathers a few, inexpensive garden inspired pieces and and pairs them with kinetic sand, beans, or sensory rice. You can visit this post here for a full description of what we used for our garden sensory bin. Several items, like the mini pots, mini buckets, and carrots came from the Dollar Tree. We also paired this activity with the flower vase shape matching activity sheet that is included in the Spring Time Learning Bundle in my shop. You can also download the individual activity for free here!