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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Butterfly Wings

Fold light colored paper in half. Let the children paint on one side of the paper. When finished, help them fold the other side over the painting to press the paint pattern on the other side, creating a symmetrical painting. When dry, they can be cut out and antennae added/drawn.


Squeeze the juice of one lemon. Add 2-3 Tbs of sugar and 1 1/4 cups of water. Stir to dissolve the sugar and add 2 ice cubes. Makes one serving. Each child can make their own glass of lemonade. Talk about how when it gets warmer (in the spring), lemonade is a fun refreshing drink.

Popcorn Popping

I looked out the window, and what did I see?
Popcorn popping on the apricot tree!
Spring had brought me such a nice surprise,
Blossoms popping right before my eyes.
I could take an armful and make a treat, A popcorn ball that would smell so sweet.
It wasn’t really so, but it seemed to be
Popcorn popping on the apricot tree.
(Improvise actions suggested by the words.)
(Children’s Songbook, 242–43)
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Spring Nature Walk

Walk around your neighborhood, looking, listening and feeling for signs of spring (blossoms, new leaves and buds, flowers blooming, birds singing, warmer air, wet dirt and mud from rain, etc).


Set up a fishing areas using the following props: magnetic fishing pole (dowel with string and magnet attached), fish (paper fish with paper clips attached), tackle box, canteen, hats, life jackets, net, boat, lunch box, sunglasses, etc. Talk about how spring is a good time to start fishing.


Have the children stand up and swing there arms from side to side, pretending to be a windmill. Add a fan to create wind. Try swinging arms high, low, fast, slow, etc. Have the children come up with different ways to swing their arms too. (Talk about the purpose of windmills in the spring.)

Spring Journal Page

Read a book about spring then hand out a journal sheet with this question on it: "What changes have you noticed outside since spring arrived" Record the children's responses and let them draw a picture to go along with their response.

I thought it might be fun to show my son actually doing a journal page.

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Seed Counting

Write numerals on index cards and allow the children to glue the corresponding number of seeds to each card. Read a book and talk about how seeds are planted in the spring for flowers and vegetables to start growing.

Making Nests

Provide string, hay, sticks and yarn for the children to make birds' nests. You can also let them add plastic eggs. Read a book and talk about how several different types of animals, including birds, have their babies in the springtime.

Because It’s Spring

Why is the sky so blue and clear?
Why is the robin’s song so dear?
Why is the sun so warm and bright,
Filling the earth with glorious light?
Why are the fields so green today?
Why do the clouds all float away?
Why does my heart with gladness sing?
Only because it’s spring!
Because It’s Spring (Children’s Songbook, 239)
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Grow Your Name or Shape

Get small boxes, line them with plastic, and fill them with potting soil. Have your children scratch out their name (or shapes and designs) in the soil. Sprinkle grass seed into the name or shape. Gently cover it with soil and soon you will have growing names or shapes.

What’s Inside

Inside a large box, place different items people use in the spring (fishing, gardening, kites, umbrella, hats, lemon, etc.). Select an item without showing the kids. Describe the object and give clues about how it can be used in the spring. Let the children guess each item.

Spring Lesson Plan

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