3 Great Learning Activities for Spring {Toddlers & Beyond}

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With spring right around the corner, it's time to start planning for fun springtime activities with your little one. It has been a very long winter and my little guy is just itching to get outside. Lately he has been pointing to the door in the morning and asking for “outside”. It breaks my heart when I have to tell him “No, it's still too cold out.”

As it warms up, here are three fun and easy springtime learning activities.

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1. Bubbles Materials – bottle of bubbles or make your own solution Activity – Teach your child how to blow bubbles by encouraging him or her to look at your lips as you blow. Hold their hand up to your lips, so they can feel the air as you blow. Since toddlers love to be in control of their play, allow them to dip the wand into the solution. Learning – Blowing bubbles is a simple way to teach your child basic language concepts such as big/little, up/down, pop, more, and again. You can also teach your child about turn taking while blowing bubbles, emphasizing “my turn” and “your turn”.

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2. Finger Paint Sheet Painting Materials – old bed sheets, sponges of various sizes, finger paints and large empty containers Activity – Enjoy the breeze and warm sun, while you and your toddler spend time creating artwork in your backyard. Lay out an old bed sheet on the ground, anchoring it down with rocks. Place the finger paint into open containers large enough for your child to dip the sponges into. Help your child create a springtime masterpiece by using sponges to paint the bed sheet. Learning – Finger painting helps your child build eye/hand coordination that is important for developing manual dexterity for writing. Your child will also be learning about blending colors together to make new colors. Finally, finger painting with a sponge is a wonderful way for your child to explore textures, as they feel the paint on their hands and the roughness of the sponges.

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3. Grow Plants Materials – clear plastic cups, potting soil, large seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, green beans, peas), watering can Activity – Teach your child about spring plants by growing your own mini garden. Use large seeds, such as those listed above, are easiest for a toddler to manipulate. Help your child fill a clear plastic cup about halfway up with potting soil. Then place the seed near the side of the plastic cup and place another few inches of soil on top of the seed. Encourage your child to help water the plant daily and watch as it grows. Since the seed was placed near the side of the cup, your child will be able to see the roots and stem grow. Learning – Helping your child grow plants will encourage them to gain an appreciation for nature. They will be developing fine motor skills as they put the dirt into the cup. In terms of language concepts, they will be learning new vocabulary such as seed, plant, grow, and sprout. 

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3 Great Learning Activities for Spring {Toddlers & Beyond}

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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6 comments

  1. MAMASEXXY says:

    MY DAUGHTER LOVES THIS BUT IT IS AN OUTSIDE ACTIVITY. LOL

  2. MAMASEXXY says:

    OH YEAH ONE OF MY KIDS SPRING TIME FAVORITES.

  3. MAMASEXXY says:

    SPRING IS MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR, WE ARE ALMOST NEVER INSIDE.

  4. Kelly says:

    CANNOT WAIT TO GARDEN WITH MY BABY!

  5. JackieCross says:

    I can’t wait to get back outside! Spring is still a ways off for us here in Michigan but bubbles, bike riding,and park are high on the list of things to do.

  6. I love the idea of planting seeds with my baby boy.

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