Blooming Minds: 5 Exciting Spring Activities for Elementary Classrooms

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Spring brings a burst of energy and excitement, especially in the classroom! As the flowers bloom and the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time to fill your classroom with engaging activities that celebrate the season. Here are five fun-filled ideas to make learning blossom this spring:

Spring Activities for the classroom

Grow a Plant

Spring is the perfect time to teach about plant life cycles! There is something about planting a seed and watching it grow that is always so exciting. Give students the opportunity to watch their own seeds sprout. Provide each student with a small pot, soil, and seeds and then monitor the growth.

Check out our Grow a Plant booklet below. Students try and grow plants in three different types of soil and track the growth over time.

Springtime Poetry

Encourage your students to channel their inner poets with a springtime poetry workshop. Start by discussing different forms of poetry, such as haikus or acrostics, and explore themes like growth, renewal, and the beauty of nature. Then, set aside time for students to write and illustrate their own spring poems. Display their creations around the classroom or compile them into a class poetry book to share with families. You can grab our Poetry Publishing Paper for FREE by clicking the button below. Celebrate their final poetry pieces by holding a poetry picnic outside.

Celebrate Earth Day

As spring blooms, let’s remember Earth Day, a special time to think about taking care of our planet. It’s a great chance for elementary students to do fun things that help our environment. We can clean up our classroom, make crafts from recycled materials, or plant flowers in a school garden. Earth Day is a time to talk about why it’s important to use less, reuse what we can, and recycle things like paper and plastic. By celebrating Earth Day in our spring lessons, we teach kids to be good helpers to the Earth, showing them how to take care of nature and keep it clean and healthy. Check out this blog post full of Earth Day activities!

Butterfly Life Cycles

Take your students on a journey through the fascinating life cycle of butterflies. Start by introducing the stages of metamorphosis, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Provide resources like our Butterfly Life Cycle and Adaptations to model and deepen their understanding. Then, consider raising real butterflies in your classroom using a butterfly kit. You can easily buy a kit, like this one, on Amazon. Your students will love observing them grow, change and transform.

This adorable butterfly snack would be a great addition to your butterfly unit and it’s quick and easy to make! All you need is a ziplock baggie, 2 pipe cleaners and a clothespin for each student. Add your snack of choice, and you’re good to go!

Spring Nature Hike

Make the most of the warmer weather by taking your learning outdoors. Plan a nature walk around your school campus or local park, encouraging students to observe and document signs of spring, such as budding flowers, chirping birds, and buzzing insects. You can also include outdoor games and activities that reinforce academic concepts, like a math scavenger hunt or a nature-inspired art project. Check out these butterfly sun catchers from Your students will love the bright and beautiful colors that project onto the ground. This change of scenery will energize your students and help them develop a deeper love for nature.

Spring is a season of growth, renewal, and endless possibilities. By incorporating these fun and educational activities into your classroom, you can create a love of learning that blooms as brightly as the flowers outside your window. Happy springtime teaching!

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