Winter is almost over and what better way to celebrate a new, warmer season with your toddler than with great spring themed activities?
Now the weather is improving, you and your little one can finally get out of the house to enjoy some much-needed fresh air. If you’re desperate to explore the outdoors but you’re in need of a little inspiration, here’s 10 great spring activities for toddlers and preschoolers!
1. Go Flower Hunting
Spring is a beautiful season. As you venture out you’ll quickly discover freshly grown, bright, spring flowers. Not only are these great to look at, but they can also help you toddler learn more about different colors.
Create a flower hunt sheet so you and your little one can tick off the different flowers as you spot them. Whether you’re heading out to the park, woods or gardens, you’ll come across all kinds of colorful plants such as pink hyacinths, purple crocuses and white snowdrops.
If your toddler is a little reluctant to spot flowers, make it a little more fun by adding a treat if you can both find a certain number of flowers. You’ll be surprised just how fun this simple spring activity can be.
2. Create A Spring Sensory Tub
Sensory activities are always a big hit with toddlers, and this spring time addition is a fantastic idea. This is another fun yet educational activity your little one will love. So, what do you need?
You can tweak the sensory tub to match your own preferences, but one idea is to use dried split peas, dried orange lentils, dried large Lima beans, a tub, small flower pots and some mini bow tie pasta.
Your toddler can have hours of fun playing with spring sensory tub. The flower pots can be used to scoop and pour the lentils, peas and pasta or you can give your toddler some tongs for individual picking.
3. Go Puddle Jumping
Spring may well be warmer, but it’s not necessarily drier! After a rainy day, take your toddler puddle jumping. Yes, it’s messy, but it’s also really fun! These days, children spend a lot of time staring at a screen. Not only is this potentially damaging for their little eyes, but it also stops them from getting outside and just being a kid.
Puddle jumping is something most toddlers enjoy. They love getting dirty and splashing around in puddles is hilarious for your little one. So, let go of your inhibitions, throw on some old clothes, dress your toddler in something you don’t mind getting dirty and go jump in some puddles!
4. Introduce Them To Baby Animals
It’s not just flowers that start to appear in springtime; you’ll also start to see lots of baby animals. Toddlers love animals, especially baby ones. So, why not look to see if there’s a petting zoo nearby? Or, if you’re lucky enough to live near the country, just take a walk to local fields where you’re bound to see plenty of baby animals along the way.
Not only will your toddler find baby animals amusing to watch, but you can also use it as an opportunity to teach them how to pet animals gently.
5. Flower Craft Corks And Buttons
We all know spring can be a little unpredictable. Cheer yourself up on those rainy, miserable days with some brightly colored spring crafts. Flower craft corks and buttons are absolutely adorable and so simple to create.
You’ll need wine corks, white card, scissors, acrylic craft paint, rubber bands, glue, Styrofoam produce tray, green drinking straws and buttons. The corks are used as stamps and you can use them to create pretty, colorful flowers on the card. For best results, it’s a good idea to use different sized corks. However, you can use just one if that’s all you have.
You and your little one will have hours of fun with this simple spring craft activity.
6. Go On A Texture Hunt
Another great sensory spring activity, your toddler will love a good texture hunt! There’s all kinds of different textures to explore in spring from silky flowers to rough tree bark and furry catkins. See how many different textures you can both find and let your toddler explore them thoroughly with their little fingers.
7. Spring Sand
Sand is great all year round, but in springtime you can make use of colored sand to make it even more fun. Your little one can use their fingers to make cool shapes and letters in the sand. Again, this is a sensory activity that’s sure to go down well.
Use pink, green and yellow sand in their own little sand trays for best results. You can find a lot of different ideas and advice online on how to create various toddler friendly sand designs.
8. Look For Minibeasts
Ok, so not all parents are going to love this idea, but you can almost guarantee your toddler will!
Toddlers tend to find insects and creepy crawlies fascinating and spring is the perfect season to look for them. A lot of minibeasts are just waking up and making an appearance for the first time after the cold winter weather. You can show your little one how to carefully move stones, twigs and leaves to find the creepy crawlies underneath.
Why not print off a minibeast chart and see how many you can both find?
9. Create Rain Sticks
Make the most of the rainy days with these educational rain sticks. Made from completely recycled materials, they perfectly reproduce the sound of rain. All you really need is cardboard rolls, aluminum foil, nails, colored tissue paper, watered down glue and something to fill them with such as rice, buttons or corn kernels.
Start by hammering the nails into the cardboard tube. It’s better to have more than less here. Then, wrap the tube and cover the nails with the aluminum foil. Ensure it is tightly wrapped around the tube before stuffing any excess foil into one end of the tube. Next, pour your filler material into the unsealed end of the tube before covering it with foil like you did at the other end.
All that’s left now is to decorate the tubes using your watered-down glue and colored tissue paper. You can even go a step further and use craft foam stickers to finish off the spring designs.
10. Scented Spring Water Sensory Bin
Yes, it’s yet another sensory idea, but trust me, they’re definitely the best when it comes to toddlers! This fantastic scented spring water sensory bin is simple but incredibly fun.
All you’ll need is a water table, some scented shampoo, water, funnels and measuring scoops. The table is filled with water, before the scented shampoo is added. Your toddler can then use the scoops and funnels to have fun.
As with any water-based activity, it’s important to monitor your toddler closely to prevent accidents from occurring. It’s also important to use warm, rather than cold water.
As you can see, there’s plenty of activities you and your toddler can enjoy this spring. So, whether it’s a dull, rainy spring day or a warm, bright and sunny day – there’s always something the two of you can do to enjoy this fresh new season.
Have any of your own ideas to celebrate the spring season? Share yours below – we’d all love to hear them!