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Preschool Theme – Planting a Garden To Celebrate Spring!

The snow is melting, the trees are budding once again, and the puddles are collecting at street corners: that’s right, spring has sprung, and what better place to celebrate the arrival of spring than the preschool classroom! The preschool theme of spring can be explored with a wide variety of activities, games, art, crafts, field trips, and stories.

Spring makes for an excellent preschool theme because it’s colorful, fun and an excellent way to learn about the way plants grow and reproduce yearly. This craft, called “Grow your Name” allows children to observe the rate at which small plants grow, resulting in a garden shaped like their name.

To begin, give each child a small box lined with plastic and filled half-way with potting soil. Let each child trace their name or a small picture in the soil, and fill the newly formed path with grass seeds. Gently sprinkle enough potting soil to cover the seeds and water the soil. Remind children to water their name gardens every few days, and watch for their name to sprout from the soil.

April Showers bring May Flowers

Flowers are another central image for the preschool theme of spring, since their arrival is one of the hallmarks of the season. Flowers can be incorporated into a wide variety of simple, colorful preschool crafts, such as this one called “Paper Plate Daisy”.

Have each child cut a small circle from yellow construction paper. Next, they will create petals by cutting a paper plate in half, and then cutting each half into five or six pieces. Glue or staple the petals to the yellow circle to create a lovely, simple paper plate daisy.

If desired, this craft can easily be converted into a sunflower by using a black center circle and yellow paper for the petals. Sunflower seeds can also be glued to the center of the flower for additional decoration.

Children love finger painting because it’s a hands-on activity that allows them to get a little dirty. Here’s a craft called “Foot Flower” that’s sure to be equally as popular as finger painting because children get to paint their feet instead! Have the children dip one of their feet into a small dish filled with washable paint, then stamp their painted foot onto a piece of white paper. After the paint has dried, they can add a stem with green paint or other decorations to their foot flower garden.

Make sure to perform this craft in a newspapered area since it tends to get quite messy. Also ensure each child washes the paint from their foot before putting their sock and shoe back on.

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Another great craft for exploring the preschool theme of spring is the kite. Kites are colorful, easy to create, and provide hours of entertainment on breezy Spring afternoons. Here’s a simple kite that can be created from paper plates, tissue paper, streamers and string that actually flies!

To begin, have each child design their kite on a paper plate using crayons, paint, markers, or tissue paper. Once they’re finished designing and coloring, staple some foot long streamers in the color of their choice to the bottom of the paper plate.

Next, using a hole punch, make a hole in the top of the plate. Tie a piece of yarn or string through the hole, and wrap the rest of the length of yarn or string around a piece of craft stick. Don’t forget to tape the yarn to the string before wrapping it around to make sure it sticks.

Mary Robinson has been teaching preschool for well over a decade. You can get instant access to her preschool activities, crafts, and lesson plans by visiting her website:

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4 Easy to Do Winter Crafts For Preschoolers

Break free of the winter doldrums with some hands-on crafting fun geared toward preschoolers. Rare is the child who does not delight in glue and paint, so snap on the smocks and get started. The four easy winter crafts below will keep preschoolers occupied and learning at the same time.

Puffy Snow People

Combine a handful of fluffy white cotton balls, a stick of glue and a snowman shape cut from construction paper for this fun and easy craft. Children will enjoy gluing cotton balls on their snow person and teachers will enjoy the low-mess glue sticks. For a jaunty cap cut a top hat from black construction paper that can be glued on after the cotton balls are adhered. Small circular pieces of construction paper can be used for buttons if so desired. Use the puffy snow people as a tie in to a discussion about the science of snow.

Symmetry Snowflakes

Teaching symmetry starts in the preschool years. It can be made easy with a simple snowflake craft that will allow the children to practice their fine motor skills. Have them take a sheet of white construction paper and fold it in half lengthwise (like a hot dog bun) and then again in half widthwise (like a hamburger bun). Prepare a snowflake quarter template for them to trace onto the folded paper after it has been neatly lined up along the folded sides. Safety scissors will help them cut out the pattern. Once the snowflakes have been cut out, open them to see the symmetry. Add coloring, glitter or glue on sparkles to make the snowflakes stand out.

Silly Seedling

Bean plants grow year round and are a great craft activity turned science lesson for the preschool set. Have the children decorate a Styrofoam cup with a silly face using magic markers. Fill the cup about 3/ 4 of the way full with potting soil and place a dried bean into the dirt. Place the cups in a warm place that receives light and watch for the beans to sprout. The children love drawing the faces on their cups and getting dirty in the soil while the teacher has an instant lesson plan in hand.

Mitten Memories

It is never too early to have children tell of things that they remember, and the winter is full of fascinating memories and stories. In this simple craft the children will trace from a pattern and cut out two mitten shapes from construction paper. On each mitten they can recite to the teacher a fun winter memory that she will write onto the cut out. After a memory has been written on each mitten the child can decorate them on the blank side and tie a length of yarn to connect the two pieces. For very young preschoolers assistance may be required with tying the yarn. Hang the mittens around the room or on a classroom bulletin board for display. This activity is great to integrate into story time or show and tell. Consider sendingĀ  the completed mittens home with a note asking parents to share their favorite winter memories with their children.

Crafts provide a wonderful opportunity to integrate other subjects into a lesson. They do not have to be overly messy or expensive to be effective and fun. Allow children the freedom to express their ideas and memories this winter with the easy craft projects above.

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