Any time there’s a change of season my kids look forward to all the fun seasonal things they’ll do; some of them educational and some just fun. I’m a great believer in using natural phenomena such as the changing weather to engage my little ones in new educational activities, both indoors and outdoors. As we prepare for spring this year, here are three spring learning activities we plan to do together.
My two little gardeners absolutely adore wallowing in dirt, so what better way to teach them about plants and trees than a spot of gardening! Kids love the sense of accomplishment that comes from creating something from scratch and gardening is the perfect outlet for all that pent-up energy. So let him identify what plants, flowers or veggies will do well in your area and take him to a garden center to buy all the stuff you need. The next step is to identify a sunny space in your backyard and let your child get busy with a shovel and spade. As he develops a green thumb, he will take great pride in watching his garden grow. At harvest time, show him how to make a salad with cherry tomatoes, lettuce and the other succulent veggies he grew in his own garden.
A simple Google search will turn up a large array of websites offering printable spring-themed worksheets for kids, most of which can be downloaded for free. These useful learning resources cover different elementary grade subjects like math, science, social sciences, language arts, coloring, and so on. Your kids can use them to review previously learned concepts or learn new ones. If they get bored, get them excited with fun coloring printables or puzzle worksheets that will get those little gray cells back in action. When my kids were small, I used to download simple, one-page worksheets they could sit down and finish in 10-15 minutes. As they grew older, I started using age-appropriate worksheets dealing with concepts they had already learned in the classroom.
Spring cleaning might not the most glamorous activity to celebrate spring, it is a great learning experience for kids of any age or skill level. Cleaning need not be limited to scrubbing the doors and windows; it also encompasses organizing and rearranging the closets; getting rid of old, unused stuff and decorating your home. When you turn these boring chores into a fun family activity, you are actually helping your kids learn and practice sorting, classifying, problem solving, language comprehension, personal and collective hygiene, along with instilling a sense of ownership.