Preschool at Home: Welcoming Spring
At the beginning of winter, I taught my boys about hibernation. They loved the story Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and enjoyed making mittens for all their animal puppets like in Jan Brett's The Mitten.
As fun as these activities were, my boys are ready to be able to play outside at the playground and ride their bikes. As I sit writing this, snow continues to fall from the sky.
Just yesterday we entered March, and winter doesn't show any signs of letting up in Maryland. Much like the rest of the country, I am over winter. I'm over the cold, the ice, the wind, the nasty dirty snow, and the snow banks that block my view when I'm driving. Even though it doesn't feel or look like spring is approaching, my boys and I have started picking out craft activities we want to do this spring.
First, we will be feeding the birds in our backyard with Julie's easy and cute DIY Backyard Bird Feeder. The best part about this project is that it requires just four materials: an apple, peanut butter, twine, and, of course, bird seed.
Use blown-out eggs and empty egg cartons to make a simple and fun Egg Herb Garden. This is a great way to teach your child about growing their food. Plus, who doesn't love cooking with fresh herbs?
If your child enjoyed making an herb garden, you could help them grow their own flower. Purchase a terra cotta pot and supply your child with paint for them to decorate their pot. Once the paint dries, spray the flower pot with sealant. Then help your child plant a few flower seeds. Over the next few weeks, watch your child's amazement as they witness their flower bloom.
Build your child's number recognition and counting skills with this simple-math flower petal activity. Check out the full tutorial for more details.
Are you ready for spring? What are you most looking forward to doing?