8 Spring Activities for Elementary Students

Spring Activities For Elementary Students Hero

To some, spring represents new beginnings. Many different cultures celebrate spring's arrival. For example, in Japan, cherry blossom (or sakura) festivals and gatherings start in March. Spring is an excellent time to teach kids about animals, plants, and gardening. Read the spring activities for elementary students below for ideas to incorporate into your classroom to celebrate the season!

Spring Classroom Activities

1. Observe and record signs of spring.

Longer days, more chirping birds, and green leaves are all typical signs of spring's arrival. Let your students put their observational skills to work by recording signs of spring over one week. Then, have them report their observations to the class.

Signs of Spring

What You Need

  • Notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Role-playing props such as microphones (optional)
  • Crayons or markers

What to Do

  1. Discuss with children how the world changes when spring arrives. Make a list of the following areas that reflect these changes: Weather, Animals, Landscapes, Clothing, Sports.
  2. Have children brainstorm the signs of spring in these categories. Use the following examples as prompts:
    1. Weather: warm breezes; longer days; more sunlight; rain instead of snow
    2. Animals: birds and butterflies travel north; earthworms come out of the ground; frogs sing; horses, dogs, and cats shed their winter coats
    3. Landscape: flowers bloom; trees and plants bud; seeds sprout; grass turns green; lakes and ponds melt
    4. Clothing: brighter colors; lighter jackets; T-shirts; shorts
    5. Sports: children can play games outside like soccer, kickball, Frisbee, baseball, and ride their bikes
  3. Divide the class into groups based on these categories. Tell children to look for signs of spring and note them with drawings and words over the course of a week. At the end of the week, group members will compare notes and then report to the class on signs of spring in their categories.
  4. Have each group choose a format and share observations among members so that everyone can participate. They can:
    1. Role-play a TV report (using a "news desk" with desks or tables).
    2. Role-play a radio report (using a microphone prop).
    3. Create a newspaper report (with pictures and headlines) for classroom display.

2. Pair animal babies with their parents.

Many animal babies are born in spring. With less harsh weather, longer days, and rising temperatures, spring provides peak conditions for birthing. Have your students create a card game matching adult and baby animals to celebrate life and new beginnings!

Spring Animal Match Game

What You Need

  • Large index cards (at least 200)
  • Markers
  • Chart paper

What to Do

  1. Point out to children that spring is often a time when animal babies are born. Brainstorm with children a list of special names for animal babies. Write the list on the chalkboard or chart paper, including the name for the adult animal and the baby. For example: sheep/lamb, horse/foal, bear/cub, frog/tadpole, pig/piglet, hen/chick.
  2. Divide the class into pairs or small groups. Distribute 20 index cards to each pair or group.
  3. Have each group choose 10 matching adult and baby animal names from the list.
  4. Have children draw a picture of each adult animal—pig, horse, sheep, etc.—on a card, writing the animal's name under the picture.
  5. Then have children draw a picture of each baby animal and its name on the remaining 10 cards. Children should leave the other side of the cards blank or draw an identical design on them.
  6. When children are finished, they may play a Spring Animal Match Game. Have children mix up the cards, then lay all 20 cards facedown. Children take turns trying to find a match between an adult animal and its baby. If children make a match, they keep the cards and take another turn. The winner is the player with the most pairs.
  7. To vary the level of difficulty, children may create fewer or more card pairs.

3. Act out springtime activities.

Once spring rolls around, people may change the type of activities they do. They may picnic in the park, plant flowers and food, and take extended strolls outdoors. In this activity, children will discuss how activities change with the seasons and act out springtime activities while playing charades.

Springtime Charades

What You Need

  • Chart paper
  • Marker

What to Do

  1. With your class, discuss how activities change with the seasons. Then have the children brainstorm a list of activities that they might do in the springtime. Write responses on the chart paper for the class to see. Examples might include planting a garden, playing baseball or other outdoor sports, birdwatching, fishing, and kite-flying.
  2. Divide the class into small groups. Then introduce the game of charades. Explain that each team will role-play one or more springtime activities without speaking. The other children will try to guess the activity. Children can either choose a spring activity from the list or think of one on their own.
  3. To fulfill dramatic potential, allow teams to perform their complete role-playing before taking guesses from the rest of the class. Monitor the game, and if need be, offer hints to the other students.

4. Color a spring scene.

This activity combines art and math by having your students draw pictures on the downloadable "Spring Scene" below, based on your verbal directions. By drawing the correct number of objects where indicated, they will show an understanding of numbers. Afterward, they will add to their scene and create addition sentences on the "Number Sentences" worksheet below.

Draw How Many

What You Need

  • Spring Scene
  • Number Sentences
  • Crayons

What to Do

  1. Pass out the "Spring Scene." Have the children talk about what they see: a tree, grass, a pond, a hill, and the sky. Tell them they are going to draw what you ask where you ask on the picture.
  2. Give the directions. Check children's drawings after each task.
    1. Draw 1 sun in the sky.
    2. Draw 4 yellow ducks in the pond.
    3. Draw 2 black ants on the hill.
    4. Draw 6 red apples in the tree.
    5. Draw 3 white clouds in the sky.
    6. Draw 5 purple flowers in the grass.
  3. Distribute the "Number Sentences" page. Tell children to look at the tree. Ask children how many apples they drew. Put a 6 in the first box in the first number sentence. Now tell children to draw two yellow apples in the tree. To create a number sentence, they write a 2 in the box after the "+" sign. Have children count all the apples to find out how many in all. They then write an 8 after the equal sign. Put the number sentence on the board and go through the parts again. (Say: "We started with 6 apples. You drew 2 more. That's 8 apples in all.")
  4. Continue building number sentences in the same way for the other objects (except the sun).

Teaching Options

  • You may wish to have two children work together with blank spring scenes, taking turns in giving directions for what to draw and where to draw it, and creating number sentences.

5. Search for plant-related words.

Download these crossword puzzles that feature words related to plants and gardening. Start them off with the shorter puzzle and move to the more challenging word search after they've completed the first. If they're stuck, refer to the attached answer keys. Afterward, you could have them define each word and create dictionaries (complete with illustrations) as an extra credit assignment.

6. Recycle egg cartons and plant seedlings.

Springtime is great for gardening. However, not all plants can be planted in spring. Even if they can, some plants should be planted in early spring and others once the weather gets warmer. Teach your young students about gardening and recycling with this activity, where they will recycle egg cartons by using them to plant seedlings. Consider the time in the season you will conduct this activity when choosing the seeds.

Egg Carton Garden

What You Need:

  • Two different kinds of seeds (bean, tomato, etc.)
  • Plant soil
  • Plastic spoons
  • Egg cartons

What to Do:

  1. Remove the top from an egg carton. Then fill each pocket in the egg carton with soil.
  2. Plant one kind of seed in six of the soil-filled pockets and another kind of seed in the remaining six pockets.
  3. Place the egg carton in a location with plenty of light, and water the seeds regularly.
  4. Make a chart to track the weekly growth of each plant. Record differences and similarities in growth between the two kinds of plants.
  5. If possible, plant your seedlings outdoors or in larger containers when they outgrow the egg carton.

7. Create a flower flip book.

Some plants, such as dandelions, change throughout the day. Have your students observe these changes and create a flip book that lets them watch their flowers grow! Alternatively, for a long-term assignment, they can also plant a seed, care for it, and record its growth in a series of drawings. Then, using their observations, they can make a flip book.

Flower Flip Book

What You Need:

  • For each person, 10-20 (or more) unlined pieces of paper, cut to about 3" x 3"
  • A plant that changes throughout the day (for example, nasturtium, dandelion, chicory)
  • Drawing materials
  • Computer drawing program (optional)
  • Stapler

What to Do:

  1. Some plants change during the day, opening early but closing later in the day or when it's cloudy. Observe such a plant at different times during the day. How did it change? When do you think it will change again?
  2. Create several drawings of the plant from the same viewing position at different times of the day. Compare the drawings and discuss what changes occurred. How fast did various changes take place?
  3. Make a flip book to show how the flower changes. Put your drawings in order and create new pictures to show what happens between each drawing. Each drawing should be just slightly different from the one before it.
  4. Staple the pictures together and flip the pages to see the change happening.

8. Read spring-themed literature.

Have your students read books or poems related to spring (or you can read them aloud)! Ask your students to write the words and phrases that jump out to them. Ask them: how are these words and phrases related to spring?

Reading List:

Share Your Spring-Themed Activities.

What are some of your favorite spring school activities for in-person or remote learning? Do you like to build bird feeders or make flower prints? Please share your spring classroom activities with us on Twitter (@TheTeacherRoom) or email us at Shaped@hmhco.com. Happy spring!

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