25 Ideas for Outdoor Spring Activities
Spring has sprung, the sun is warm and the days are longer. Spend more time outdoors; learning through play with these ideas for outdoor spring activities.
Go on a bug hunt
Grab a net, magnifying glass and a little bucket or bug viewer and off you go!
Look under leaves, branches, in little nook and crannys. Lift logs and stones to see what scuttles beneath! Don't forget to put them back where you found them so not to disturb their home too much!
Make a DIY Bug Hotel
Use an old crate, wood pallet or cardboard box. Even an old terracotta pot on its side will do. Fill it with twigs, leaves, bamboo, cane, shells, stones.
Planting seeds is the perfect activity for Spring.
Lay out a range of seeds for children to choose their own and also to look at them in more detail.
Go on a walk and collect lots of treasures from nature.
Once back, can you identify what you have found? Display them in a tray, draw them and admire them.
Tree bark and Leaf rubbings
Simply place paper over a leaf or tape it to a tree trunk and rub over with wax crayons. Experiment with applying more pressure, does it look better the harder you press or the softer? Use a mix of colours.
Start a Wormery
Children just love looking for worms and this large self standing worm farm allows children to watch the worms hard at work in the soil.
Playdough Tree Face
Stick clay or playdough to a tree trunk and let children find natural facial features to create a face! Such fun!
Build a den
In its simplest form, just collect branches and stack them up around a tree. Or, grab some canes, rope, pegs and material and see what you can create!
Den building kits make great starting points.
Count bugs using number frames.
Mud Kitchen fun
Children love getting stuck in on a mud kitchen. Make muddy mud cakes, decorated with flowers, potions, perfumes. These counter tops are super easy to create a mud kitchen - simply add them to a couple of crates, anywhere in your setting.
Encourage children to read outdoors in a cosy corner!
Make a Spring Mandala
Grab natural treasures and create a Spring mandala.
Go for a walk and see which flowers children can identify. Daffodils, Bluebells, Daisies.
Make a fairy garden
Make a fairy garden in a plant pot.
Find Frog Spawn
Go for a walk to find a stream, pond or body of water. Can you see any frog spawn or even tadpoles?
Make a Daisy Chain
Collect daisies and string them together to make a chain.
Make a bird feeder
Simply cover a craft roll tube in left over fat or peanut butter and then roll in bird seeds. String it up in the trees. Or, use a pine cone as shown below.
Paint the underside of a variety of leaves and then print it onto paper. This gives a great effect - showing the veins and leaf markings in more detail.
Make Flower Soup
Collect flowers and add to a potion jar or to a tray with water - swirl about to make flower soup.
Hapa Zome Printing
A Japanese tecnique to smash flowers and leaves to extract their natural colours - this leaves a print on fabric or paper.
Make Rose petal perfume
Identify Tree Buds
Outdoor spring activities. Go for a walk armed with digital cameras. Allow children to find and photograph any buds that they come across. Can they identify what they are back at the classroom?
Grow Cress in Egg shells
Plant cress in a little soil in used egg shells. Keep them in their egg boxes to keep them safe!
Make some egg box craft daffodils
Using recycled egg boxes cut out petals and a cone. Paint and then glue together.
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