Goodbye winter, hello spring! We’ve loaded this post with free spring preschool lesson plans which include art and sensory exploration, literacy and book ideas, plus social-emotional learning, and math and science fun. You’ll find the whole bundle of spring theme ideas at the end of this post in a FREE download of preschool lesson plans.
Free Spring Activities for Preschool Including Free Preschool Lesson Plans
Spring is such a season of beauty and wonder! Preschooler love learning about planting and gardening, chasing insects, and enjoying those mud puddles that spring rain brings.
A spring-themed preschool unit is a great addition to your themed units and highly engaging! We have put together over 15 spring-themed activities for preschoolers and packaged them into a fun and FREE download available at the end of this post.
FAQ About a Spring Preschool Theme
You may have a few questions about teaching a spring theme in preschool! Check out these frequently asked questions for how to teach your preschoolers about spring.
Spring is an ideal time to teach preschoolers about the life cycles of living things like plants, insects, frogs, etc. Since spring is all about new growth, incorporating gardening and insects is a great way to dig deeper into the beauty of spring!
In the spring, the weather begins to change. Spring days get longer and nights get shorter, as well as milder temperatures. We begin to see new plant growth, flowers bloom, and animals begin to awaken from a long winter’s nap.
Important Info about these Spring Lesson Plans
These lesson plans for preschoolers are just one theme in a set of over 40 that will become a part of my free Learn At Home Preschool Lesson Plans.
The Learn at Home Preschool Lesson Plans are free lesson plans you can use to teach your preschooler at home.
All the preschool learning activities are quick and easy to set up, designed to save time, requiring hardly any (if any at all) prep and only requires the most basic of household materials. This makes them especially easy for parents to implement…and this makes preschool teachers especially happy, too!
Just glance over the lessons each day, gather the very few materials needed, and you’re ready to go!
But don’t be fooled by the name “at home” preschool lesson plans! These activities work wonderfully in the classroom as well, and if you’re a preschool teacher who is remotely teaching you can send these lesson plans to your student’s parents.
Hands-on Spring Theme Activities for Preschoolers
Spring Theme Literacy Activities for Preschoolers
Name Writing in Dirt or Mud – This sounds messy, but it doesn’t have to be! Write your preschooler’s name on a sheet of paper. Then, go outside and practice name writing in dirt, mud, or sand. You can use a straight stick as a “pencil”. And if you’re worried about playing in the mud, then just make a little mud in a baking tray with cocoa powder and water. Your preschoolers will love this fun spring activity!
Spring Flowers Alphabet Matching – Letter identification and matching activities are often a must in preschool literacy. Preschoolers work on alphabet skills as they match the upper case letter on the flowerpot to the lower case letter on each flower. See this post for a free printable. If you don’t have a printer, you can make a simple drawing of the flowers and pots.
Don’t Forget the Spring-Themed Picture Books!
Every theme needs high-quality picture books so we have hand selected our favorite spring books for preschool! Click on the covers below for more information about each book.
Spring Theme Math & Science Activities for Preschoolers
Flower Measurement Cards – Print these colorful flower cards and use some dried beans or pebbles to measure how tall each flower is. Get your free printable in this post. If you don’t have a printer, you can simply pick some flowers from the yard, or collect some spring-like items from nature, and measure them the same way. Lay out the object to be measured, and help your preschooler line up the dried beans to identify the height. For example, a tulip might be “15 lima beans tall.”
Spring Nature Walk – Go on a walk and look for signs of spring. Talk to your preschooler about the signs of spring: leaves and blossoms forming on trees, new plants breaking through the ground, bugs coming out of hibernation, etc.
Playful Learning Activities for a Spring Preschool Theme
Spring Theme Invitation to Play– Search the house for anything spring themed and set is up as part of an invitation to play. Here are some ideas: cupcake liners, and silk flowers. (or real flowers), rocks, sticks, and literally anything that is spring colored. See this post for more details.
Seed Sorting – Have some seed packets on hand? How about some dried beans? Invite your preschooler to sort the seed or beans. Try sorting by color or by size. You can even sort by texture or shape. Check out this post for more details.
Duck Pond Cooperative Game – This game is super fun and teaches preschoolers to work together, not against each other.
Spring Themed Indoor Activities for Preschoolers to Keep Them Active
Flower Investigations – Pick some flowers that have bloomed and bring them inside to investigate them. Allow your preschooler to touch and handle them, even pull them apart and dissect them. Discuss with your preschooler what they find and compare the flowers.
Grassy Art – Invite your preschooler to pick some grass or leaves and bring them inside to make a piece of artwork. All you need is scrap paper (or even an old newspaper) as a base and some glue or tape to adhere the grass. Arrange the grass any way you please.
Make Music from Spring Weather – Springtime is notorious for its weather and storms. Listen to some rain and then challenge your preschooler to find ways to mimic the sounds of rain using his body. Watch this video for ideas.
Fun Preschool Activities for Spring
Rock Painting – Find a couple of rocks about the size of your preschooler’s hand and give it a good wash. Then paint it. You can also use crayons or markers if you don’t have paint on hand.
Tree Ornaments – Make some salt dough ornaments in the shape of flowers to add some artful fun to the outdoors. Preheat over to 250*. Mix together 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, and 1 cup water. Knead for 10 minutes, then let rest for 20 minutes. Roll ¼ inch thick, and cut into shapes. Use a straw to punch a hole for the string. Bake for 2 hours. Once cooled, decorate and hang from a tree outside. You can paint the ornaments, but you can also use a permanent marker or glitter glue.
Safe Online Spring Theme Activities for Preschoolers
Online Story – Go to Storylineonline.net and listen to the book Guji Guji and read by Robert Guillaume. Look for a red button under the video called “Activity Guides” to find related activities that pair with the book.
The Waltz of the Flowers – Show your preschooler this time-lapse video of flowers growing and blooming. Watch it s a second time and invite your preschooler to draw pictures while listening to the music.
5 Little Flowers Growing in a Row – This is a kid’s song about what flowers. Challenge your preschoolers to come up with actions.
Make Your Spring Learning Theme Even Better!
Incorporate spring fun with these spring toys and activities that add excitement and interest to your theme! Simply click on each image for more information about each item.
Get Your Free Spring Lesson Plans Here
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Looking for More Printable Spring Activities?
April showers bring May flowers and spring has sprung!
Have the tulips peeped through the ground yet? Or the garden seeds sprouted? This spring activity pack is designed to supplement your spring preschool theme. Packed full of uniquely hands-on, printable spring activities, preschoolers love learning about their favorite colorful plants and animals with these spring activities.
This pack contains six fun and educational spring themed activities appropriate for preschool through kindergarten. Three activities are math based, three are literacy based. All are fun. Scroll down for the complete product description to see what’s included!
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.