Spring break days are an easy time to engage with your little ones and give them opportunities for joy and learning. How about something new? Here are some creative spring break learning activities for children and toddlers that will help them learn on their own terms and satisfy their curiosity!
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Spring is here!
Our toddlers have brought their little trucks in front of the patio door again. Every time they move the toys closer to the garden, with that child-like excitement, it feels like the spring days are moving closer to our lives as well. March, the month of joy, is not that far away. The lovely season is approaching and with it carrying the first warm weather.
While we are taking our walks, the roots of new plants are under our feet, beginning their journey. They’ve gotten their own little invite to share the world with our children.
Children, inspirited as they are all year round, know this is their time! Time to return to the land of freedom to run and explore new activities. Spring!
Where to spend spring break matters very little. The rivers near mountains, accompanied by a hike are a great idea. But, a nature scavenger hunt can be done anywhere with green space. Moreover, the squirrels in the garden have come out again waiting to be looked at and fed. Opportunities to interact with nature are all around.
These activities can be recreated anywhere, especially with the imagination and energy of a small child! Let the drums roll!
We’re initiating a fun little marathon of learning. But, this isn’t school learning. This is giving them the simplest tools to act on their inquisitiveness during a season that is designed for creativity!
Creative Learning Activities For Children
The numbers are scattered around the backyard, dancing little figures. Can you find them?
Using a marker or a pen, we write numbers on different leaves. Then, we scatter them in a small garden or a pile of leaves. Our child has to find them and put them in order.
Alternative idea! We write the numbers on paper carton products that are ready to be disposed of. We hide the made-up number cards around the garden: under rocks or near flowers, or stick them to the table or the pavement.
Alternative idea! We can also use numbers that are printed in magazines or newspaper articles. The goal is the same.
The Color Witch
The color witch has hidden the colors around the yard. Can you collect them and bring them back to the forest of your yard?
On a pallet or piece of big paper, we paint the six basic colors (or more if we want to make the game more challenging). We paint them in circles ourselves. We tell our little one he needs to find objects in the garden that match the color and put them on top of their matching circle. Then all the colors will be free.
Behind the pallet, we draw a rainbow and turn it around when it is time to rejoice. To make it more difficult we can make 3 pallets instead of one. And for a bigger reward, have a bouquet of balloons in the same colors!
Creating Our Own Forest
Learning about the environment – nature – whether it’s greenery or the ocean, is valuable to any child (and any adult really). Spring is not just a great season for that, it’s devised for new opportunities. In this activity, we will not plant, we will show the children how to plant.
We collect some small safe tin cans or tiny pots. In a sensory bin, we prepare the necessities: water, soil, and seeds. We let our children see them and safely explain what we will do. We plant something first to show them how to do it. Continuing the learning process, we let them choose what they want to grow and allow them to plant seeds independently. There are no mistakes.
We can decorate the little place by writing or drawing on the pots. Or, we can put them all together in a place in our garden and add stickers! Encouragement and smiles during this activity is as good for the child as the sun is for our plant.
If there are dried leaves or sticks around from other plants, we can put them close to our forest. It’s our tiny forest.
This activity will help them learn about independence, encouraging them to take the initiative and try. We’re raising smart curious children interested in the world around them.
Our Very Own Puzzle
We take pictures from our plant’s growth and print a large format photo. We can do it for more than one picture. The more plants, the more puzzles we will make.
Using scissors, we cut the photos into pieces of puzzles. There it is!
Alternative idea! If we don’t have plants, we can do the same activity with a picture from our spring break. There are lots of photo opportunities while camping, hiking, or even from our own yards!
Alternative idea! Take or print pictures of the weather and turn them into a puzzle. It’s a great way to teach children about the changes in weather and seasons.
The Alphabet Hide and Seek
Does your little one love trains and planes? Let’s hide the alphabet on our favorite vehicles!
We cut planes, trains, or cars from magazines or printouts. We write the letters of the alphabet on our planes and mix them up! Our smart little pilot has to find all the letters.
If they’re older and can put them in a row, perfect! They can put them in alphabetical order or spell out short words. If they’re smaller and only recognize the letters, even better! The first interaction with letters will be done in the most fun way.
For older children, we can write words instead of letters and let them piece together a complete sentence.
This activity helps with reading, listening, and coordination.
This is an independent play activity, and it’s full of plots!
After a nature trip, after an adventure, or after some family time with the people we love, the children are bustling with new memories. Their mind is like a sponge: soaking up another page of the wonderful life we are giving them.
We give them blank paper and art supplies. They can use pencils, markers, or watercolors. Offer them the opportunity to show us their favorite part of the day: they can write it in a story or paint a picture. More than that, they are fully capable of creating their own story with a few colors. They have the imagination and the information from a great day all stored in their brains. If they are the hero, what will they paint?
We want to raise children with the confidence to explore a world they love. Spring break is here to give us that opportunity. Let’s have a wonderful time!
Comment below and tell us how these activities played out for you and your curious little wonders.
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