Days are getting longer and warmer and it’s starting to feel like spring is just around the corner. These springtime changes often mean that students have post-winter surges of energy that needs to be channeled accordingly. Some of the ways we can help tap into the natural energy in class while still keeping ‘on task’ is through springtime crafts and action rhymes or songs.
Clothes peg bugs
Stick wings and antennas onto wooden clothes pegs and make fun, original, clip-on bugs.
Hand print flowers
Trace children’s hand prints onto coloured card. Cut out the hand print and roll it at the base. Curl the ‘fingers’ using a pencil then stick the flower on the end of pencil, straw or popsicle stick.
Make baby animals out of play dough, recycled materials or clay. Set up a “baby animals” corner in the classroom to display the things children have made.
Materials you will need:
- different types of trees
Students can learn to identify pattern and textures in different types of tree bark by doing rubbings. Give each pupil a piece of paper and a crayon. Explain how to do rubbings then take them outside to find two different types of trees and do their rubbings.
Some useful springtime webpages:
Flower Crafts: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/flowers/
Spring theme: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/spring/
Springtime Songs and Fingerplays
The Days of Spring
(tune :The Farmer in the Dell)
The days of Spring are here,
Warm, sunny days are near,
Flowers and bees, and birds in trees.
The days of spring are here.
Spring is Here
(tune: Are You Sleeping?)
I see robins, I see bird’s nests,
Butterflies too, flowers too.
Everything is growing,
The wind is gently blowing.
Spring is here, spring is here.
– Unknown author
Rain on the Grass
Rain on the green grass,
Rain on the tree,
Rain on the house top.
But not on me.
Have a great spring! We’d love to hear from you on what you do to celebrate spring at school!