Ways to explore seasonal changes indoors and outdoors with your students!

The weather is finally starting to feel more springlike so we are beginning to talk about and look for the signs of spring around our preschool…

 

You can have more fun in spring by planting seeds with your students!

Noticing Signs of Spring

What are some of the signs of spring? Miss. Abby and Miss. Lauren asked the first few children who arrived at preschool to help them come up with some signs of spring. The children immediately said that there were bees and flowers…

As the children continued to arrive at preschool, more signs of spring were drawn on the chart for later discussion with the whole group, such as a tree, caterpillar, kite, swing set, butterfly, and the ideas continued to flow…

Throughout the week, the children were invited to keep looking for signs of spring both inside the classroom and outside…

Exploring Spring Flowers

Inside the classroom, the children found a bouquet of flowers that they could arrange in different sized pots…

Building Life Skills

Miss. Sascha put together a spring flower center filled with a variety of real and pretend items for the children to arrange and care for their flowers…

Spring Inspired Pretend Play

The children also explored spring flowers and sunshine on the flannel board…

Observing Seasonal Changes

But of course, the best signs of spring were going to be found outside. All we had to do was go outside and find them…

We found a few signs of spring in the woods such as clovers, moss on the tree trunks and blooms on a few of the trees. But the woods still looked like winter for the most part…

In the play area, the grass looked a little greener but still not too many other signs of spring…

Extending Learning Outdoors

So a couple of the children thought that perhaps they could give spring a little bit of help by bringing our bouquet of flowers outside…

And soon, more children came along to help ‘plant’ the flowers in the mud along our sidewalk…

And the plants were watered generously all morning long…

Excitement for Spring is Growing!

The children were particularly excited about the signs of spring because it was also a sign that it was time for our hibernating bears to wake up! Just a few more days to go…

By the time you will read this post, our bears will be up, so be sure to check back and I will tell you all about our Wake Up Bear day! You do not want to miss it 🙂

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Links to Grow On

Tucking our Bears in For a Long Winter’s Nap by Teach Preschool

Time to Hibernate by Teach Preschool