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By Analia Capurro

Spring time

Spring is the season that helps you transition from snowmen to sandcastles. It's a time for birds and butterflies, some rain, sunny days, and blooming flowers.
Why not celebrate springtime with one of these activities?

Flying kites and science

Holding the string of a kite and feeling the wind's pull on it lets your children experience science concepts such as the power of wind. This activity opens up the possibility of talking with children about wind power and its benefits for us.

Nature treasure hunt and journal writing

Bring your children with you on a nature treasure hunt. They'll have a place to look for things, and they can record what they see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.
You can make a list of things to find, such as small rocks, leaves, a feather, or a bright stone. After the hunt, invite your children to make a nature journal. It's a fantastic place for kids to record and write their observations, such as about different types of birds, rubbing trees, pressing and drying flowers and leaves, and more.
Let each child add little notes and thoughts about things they observe in the wild, and let them take photos of nature. Children can use photographs as prompts to write about spring.

A new season and language arts

Begin by sitting with your children and talking about the start of the new season. Take a large piece of paper, and ask your kids to list all the things they associate with spring. Their list might include springtime words like these: birds, lambs, bunnies, blossom, nests, leaves, daffodils, showers, tadpoles, sunshine, rainbow, weather, cool, gardening, and seeds. Let children play with the new words. Ask them to clap and count the syllables, sort the words by the number of consonants or vowels, classify the words into animals or plants, identify the beginning sounds in the words, and more.
Ask your children to copy and draw (or cut and paste images) of the new words.
Then you can make a big book by gathering their drawings and paintings of these springtime words—or make booklets they can read in the library center or take home.

A spring collage and arts

What would you do with all the findings from the treasure hunt? Why not make an artistic collage? Use a variety of things to make a collage. Paste the rubbing of tree surfaces, and add pressed flowers and leaf prints. You can also incorporate photographs and magazine cuttings.

Potting ideas and math

Pots aren't just for plants. You can use them as containers for some math fun. Gather all the pots you have, and invite children to sort them by size and order them from smallest to biggest or from biggest to smallest. Ask the children to weigh and measure the pots. Then have them sort by material, such as plastic, glass, or clay. Get some plastic flowers and pots and write the numbers 1 to 10 on craft sticks. Place one stick in each pot. Let kids add the same number of flowers to each pot as is written on its craft stick.

Outdoors and movement

There are plenty of things to do outside-some requiring simple equipment, and some, no equipment at all. Invite your kids to play hopscotch, four square, hide and seek, red rover, or other simple, outdoor games. You can ask your children to bring their bikes or roller skates and go for a spin around a park. Take pictures, and use them to promote conversation during speaking time.

Family picnic and round up!

What better way to round out the unit than by spending a beautiful, warm day outside with kids and families? Pack up a basket with healthy (and yummy) picnic food and some fun games to play with your crew. Kids and families will have a joyful day together!

Analia Capurro is the author and designer of Ingles360.net. Her mission is to design resources that promote a learning environment where laughter, fun, friendship, and companionship are as important as any language structure.

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