Add a Little “Spring” to the Season!
April showers bring May flowers and it's a blooming season!
Celebrate with sponges, paint, and construction paper.
Cut the sponges into shapes representing different kinds of flower stems and leaves.
Then have your child press the sponge shapes into paint and press them onto the construction paper.
When dry, provide paint, crayons, or markers that your child can use to add blooms to the stems.
Display this springtime treat in a place where everyone can enjoy a “whiff” of spring!
(You'll be supporting your child's creative thinking and fine motor skills.)
Lovely Lima Beans
Healthy eating begins with healthy planting! Grow a little indoor garden with your child and help him/her to see nature do her work!
Together, fill several eggshells with potting soil. Have your child press lima bean seeds into the soil.
Now fill a shoebox with soil and prop up the eggshells by sitting them into the soil.
Place the shoebox in a window so it received lots of sunlight. Encourage your child to check the eggshells from time to time to see when water is needed. Watch your child's delight at the first signs of sprouting!
(You'll be supporting science concepts including plant growth/caring for plants as well as fine motor skills)
Talk with your child about her/his favorite things (foods/animals/vehicles/etc). Then make a picture list of picture books to hunt for at your local library which feature these favorite things. For example, if cows are your child's favorite animal, have him/her draw a picture of a cow on your list paper—providing the label word “cow” next to the drawing. Continue until you have a list of six to ten books to search for. When you return from the library, check your list against the books with subjects you've searched for to measure your success!
Below find a list of great picture books to consider the next time you visit the library!
Take a Home Hike!
Here's a perfect “spring rain” activity! Have your child help you pack a simple picnic lunch for the two of you. Explain that you'll both use your “best imagining” as you take an indoor “hike” throughout the house. You might start by heading to the “forest” ( your kitchen!) to see what you can see, and to determine whether this is the best spot for a picnic. If not, you can hike to the “ocean” (living room!) to see if a beachside site might be best. When you settle down for your picnic, talk about all the different things you might see in your imaginary environment (be careful not to picnic too close to the water's edge!)
(You'll be supporting your child's language and creative thinking skills)