Spring Projects with Kids

It’s still pretty white around here.  With warming temperatures come the wet and muddy conditions that define Vermont’s mud season.  Here are some things we’re doing to remind us that the flowers and fresh green leaves of spring will be coming soon:

making-paper-flowers

signs-of-springTissue Paper Flowers: I followed the basic instructions found here, simplifying it by instructing the kids to use just four pieces of tissue paper.  They came out great and could be made by our wide range of students!

Make a Signs of Spring List: Post a large piece of paper in your classroom or at home.  When you play outside, keep an eye out for signs that spring is on it’s way!

Forcing Spring Branches: All you need to do is clip branches and put them in a vase filled with fresh water.  Change water regularly, as you would for cut flowers.  Blooming branches, like forsythia, are great for forcing.  At indoor temperatures, your branches’ buds will open into new leaves and flowers.  We clip the bright red branches of dogwood now for a beautiful table arrangement at Easter.

starting-pea-seedsStart Seeds: Even if you don’t have a garden, starting seeds can be a fun spring activity.  All you need is a container with a hole poked in the bottom, potting soil, seeds of your choice, and some sort of dish for your container to sit in.  Grow lights or windows with strong southern sun will make for stronger seedlings that will do better if transplanted into your garden.  Plants like peas, lettuce, spinach, and herbs can be eaten as sprouts or “micro greens,” making this project rewarding in as little as 30 days!

mud-playPlay in the Mud: Yes, the extra laundry is worth it.  All sorts of learning, experimentation, engineering, and play can happen in the mud. We’re still wearing our winter outdoor clothes up here in Vermont.  As temperatures rise, rain pants, rain boots, and rain coats will help keep indoor clothes clean and dry.  Hosing everyone off before coming inside can help keep that mud outside.

Happy Spring!

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2 Responses to Spring Projects with Kids

  1. jolynnpowers says:

    love those flowers and I think I made some like it when I was a kid…will have to try it again with Christopher, At 5 this is a perfect project! Cant force our forsythia they are already blooming here and even the daffodils are opening….yea!

  2. jolynnpowers says:

    Charlotte, If you are interested I nominated your blog for a Liebster Award for small blogs. I have posted a link from your blog on my site for you in hopes that you will get more traffic. If you have time you can pop over to my blog and get more information on the award and what to do. Hope you have a great day Jolynn

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