SPRING is in the air, so let’s pull out all the bright centers and activities to bring this new season to life!
If you want to get your littles talking all about the new season try adding these fun spring centers and activities to your weekly lesson plans! I always find that adding themed touches to all parts of your day really gets littles excited and talking!
When I think of spring, I instantly think about these awesome books for preschoolers! Check out this list of my go-to FAVORITES!
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Let it Rain by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
I Can Grow a Flower by DK Books
Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
Little Cloud by Eric Carle
Are you ready to add some fun themed literacy and math centers to your at home learning shelf or classroom center rotation? Check out these favorites from my spring resource!
SPRING LITERACY CENTERS
SPRING WORD CARDS AND ACTIVITIES
If your kids like write the room activities then they will love this spring word cards activity! The center includes various picture word cards for you to hang around your home or classroom. It also has differentiated recording sheets so that all littles can participate and feel successful. The idea? Your child will take a recording sheet, find the words around the room, and find them on their sheet. Recording sheets vary: find and color, find and read, find and trace, or find and write.
KITES IN THE CLOUDS ABC
Ready to fly some kites? This super engaging kite themed alphabet center is so fun! Toss some fluffy white cotton ball clouds in a bin then add these fun kite alphabet cards. Ask your child to pick a card, identify the letter, then find it on their recording sheet and match. This is a great center for working on letter recognition and formation.
Syllable counting is a pre-reading skill we practice in preschool and kindergarten. It helps learners begin to hear word parts which will later help with decoding. This plant themed spring center is a fun way to work on counting syllables! For this activity I created a mixed dry bean bin, then “planted” various picture seed cards in it. Learners will pick a card, clap how many syllables the picture word has, then sort by how many.
SPRING PICTURE SEQUENCE CARDS
Working on building those sequencing skills? This picture card sequence center is a great way to practice those tricky sequence words using picture cards!
PUDDLE SPLASH SPRING WRITING TRAY
I LOVE a fun themed writing tray for working on letter and number formation so I created this fun puddle splash themed one for SPRING! For this activity, I poured blue dyed salt onto a tray and encouraged my littles to form letters and numbers using their finger or paintbrush.
FROGGY BEGINNING SOUNDS
In this frog themed center littles will work on looking and identifying various words that begin with specific sounds. Have your learner spin the spinner (check out our favorite spinners here), identify the letter, then find and cover a picture that starts with that letter sound.
SPRING MATH CENTERS
FROGS IN THE POND COUNTING
Time to work on some 1:1 counting! In this frog themed centers children will pick a card, identify the number, then count to add that many frogs to the pond! Great for working on ten frame number recognition and counting.
FLOWER FIELD NUMBER RECOGNITION
Number recognition can take lots of practice so why not make it fun by setting up a flower themed center! Pick a flower number card, find a match, and cover! This resource includes mats for numbers 1-10 and 11-20.
Work on building those fine motor skills and practicing patterns with this simple flower math center. For this center cut out the flower pattern cards and attach a pipe cleaner stem to each. Then, set out the flowers with a tray of colored beads. Invite your leaners to create color patterns on each.
COUNTING FLOWER SEEDS
This resource includes counting and tracing mats for numbers 1-20. Simply laminate and cut the mats for multiple use. In this center invite learners to count the seeds and trace each number. You can build engagement by setting out a cup of sunflower seeds that can be used for counting.
SPRING GARDEN ORDER BY SIZE
Ordering by size has never been so FUN! I’m loving how this spring picture order by size activity turned out. In this math center students will pick a set of picture cards and then order them on the mat from smallest to biggest. If your child is not ready for ordering by size pull out just two cards from each picture set and have them identify which is bigger and smaller.
I could not resist these adorable colored bunnies so I decided to create a fun color sorting center with them. To keep this activity engaging I taped the colorful bunny cards to the wall and then covered them with contact paper – sticky side out. Then, I gave my daughter a tray of colored pom poms and had her stick to match “bunny tails” to each colored mat. When she was done sorting by color, we counted how many of each color she sorted. Super FUN!
MORE SPRING FUN HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES
In all of my themed pre-k sets I like to include additional hands-on activity ideas that can be used to help create your themed learning plans. At home I add the math and literacy centers to our learning shelf then pick and pull from these hands-on activities to do randomly throughout the week.
SPRING NATURE WALK
The weather is warming up so it is the perfect time to get outside and take a peek around. This simple half page spring nature walk sheet is great for getting your littles talking all about what they see and hear in springtime!
INVITATION TO CREATE A KITE
My girls love an invitation to create so I decided to come up with and share this fun KITE themed activity. For this activity I added various craft items to a tray and set out a diamond shaped cut out. I invited my girls to decorate and create kites! Sure, these aren’t real kites but we added a craft stick handle and they enjoyed running outside holding their decorated paper kites.
PLANT LIFE CYCLE CARDS
We always talk about the life cycle of a plant in spring so I added these simple flower life cycle cards to the resource last year. These color picture cards are perfect for littles! After reading all about plants I pulled out the cards and encouraged my girls to talk about the life cycle of a plant. We then created the life cycle out of play dough to help reinforce what they just learned. Super hands-on and engaging!
If you have read this far and are all about this resource you will definitely want to check it out in my teachers pay teachers shop. This Pre-K spring centers and activities pack includes math and literacy centers, hands-on ideas, and some just print printables that I didn’t share here. Check it out and be sure to reach out if you have any questions.