April-Themed Lesson Plan Ideas for Toddlers

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April-Themed Lesson Plan Ideas for Toddlers
Create spring-themed lessons for young children. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Toddlers are rapidly developing, making leaps and bounds in motor, cognitive, social and emotional growth. Early childhood educators can help children of this age to gain new abilities and increase knowledge through well-constructed lesson plans. If you are a preschool or day care teacher looking for activities focusing on an April theme, lessons on seasons, spring, plants, weather and more may be just the things to keep your kids occupied while helping them to learn.

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Spring

Although spring may start in March, April is still a month that typifies this in-between season. Toddler teachers can develop a number of activities that feed into an April spring-themes lesson plan. Spring lessons can focus on the season itself. Very young children between the ages of one and three may not yet know, or remember, what happens in the spring. Teachers can create lessons that involve spring clothing items, the outdoors or spring activities that happen in April.

Design spring-themed April room displays including a seasonal notice board filled with faux green grass and flowers. Hold circle time discussions on the seasons. Ask the children what they think might be different about the spring. Add in spring songs and finger plays to pad the lesson. There are many free spring-themed songs for young children on early childhood lesson and activity websites. For example, The Brooklyn Public Library' site has songs and rhymes for the season by age, and Perpetual Preschool has teacher-created songs for use with toddlers.

Flowers

Budding and blooming flowers are a key feature of April. Toddler teachers can create a number of different April-themed lesson plans that include flower-focused topics. Lessons may include flower activities in the arts, science and even gross motor areas. Young children can make a simple paper flower collage by gluing pre-cut floral shapes onto construction paper, create colourful painted prints by dipping flowers into tempera and pressing them against paper, or even make their own unique finger paint flowers. Add in a science lesson by starting seedlings in the classroom. Give the toddlers large, easy to grip magnifying glasses and ask them to observe the seeds as they sprout. Gross motor lessons can include creative movement activities in which the children use their bodies to mimic the action of a growing or blooming flower.

Calendar

Young children may just be beginning to understand the concept of a calendar and the sequence of the 12 months. Introduce April by designing a themed lesson plan including a large scale calendar for the kids to explore. Use the side of a cardboard moving box or a large (at least 11-by-17 inch) piece of white poster board to create an April calendar. Create a day grid and label each with its number. Discuss the calendar with the children and devote at least five to ten minutes each morning to showing the day and date. As an extra lesson, invite the children to help you to decorate the calendar with an April theme. Add spring stickers and drawings, or cut and paste colourful April photos from magazines.

April Animals

From bunnies to birds, the spring month of April is a time when we see many new furry or feathered friends. Teachers can create simple science lesson plans that introduce animals to the children. Read easy non-fiction books that are packed with pictures of baby animals. Ask the children to name the animals they see, then invite them to find similar pictures in child-friendly magazines. Cut the pictures out and have the children glue the photos to a large piece of paper for a group April animal collage. For a more active lesson, try a gross motor activity that encourages toddlers to use their rowing skills and abilities. Ask each child to move like a spring bunny, clucking chick or other animal that you talk about during class.

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