If you are a mom, a preschool teacher or a grandma, you may find yourself looking for activities with a spring-themed focus. These activities can be a way teach basic concepts to toddlers or simply to entertain them. There are a number of spring-themed ideas that you can incorporate into your daily playtime routine at home or day care.
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A seasonal approach to developing activities can be a wonderful way to teach children about what "springtime" means though items that are associated with the season. Create cutouts of plants that blossom or grow in springtime, like a tree with new leaves, flowers and green grass. It is a good idea to create some contrast with other seasons. For instance, your tree could be a "winter" tree without leaves and then toddlers can place leaves on the tree to show that now it is a "springtime" tree.
Baby Animals Theme
Developing baby animal-themed activities is another area to focus on during the spring. For example, create a puppet show that tells a story about different kinds of baby animals that are born in springtime. You can use socks as the base of your puppet and then glue on fur, ears, a nose and eyes. Create a simple story about what each baby animal eats, how much they sleep and where they live, such as in the water, in a tree or in a den. A puppet show will keep the toddlers involved and entertained.
Another idea is to use different types of springtime food as a theme for developing activities. For example, have colouring pages with foods that grow and are harvested in springtime, such as strawberries or blueberries, and have the toddlers colour them in. Or, purchase or create soft facsimiles of these foods that toddlers can play with, thus helping them to remember the colour and shapes of different foods.
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