Spring Activities for Kids

Does anyone else feel a bit duped by March in Wisconsin? We have been immersed in winter for months, and March feels like it should be the answer to our spring fever, but it can still bring us plenty of wintery reminders.

March 20th marked the first day of spring and even if we still see snow outside our windows, I think this is the perfect time to celebrate the new season. I have put together some spring crafts and books so your entire family can get into the spirit of spring.

Spring Crafts for Kids

Q-Tip Dandelion: While they may be a nuisance in the yard, dandelions look super sweet when made with Q-Tips and yarn. Make a stem out of a green piece of yarn and glue it onto a piece of construction paper. Place a large circle of glue on top of the stem. Add your Q-Tips around the glue circle for the flower. Add a cotton ball to the middle of the glue and let dry.

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Garden Notebook: Have your child find images of vegetables, fruits, and flowers to glue into a garden notebook. This can be used as inspiration for an upcoming garden, or have your child bring it along to a local farmer’s market where they can match the photos to what is being sold. Try for pictures of spring produce such as spinach, rhubarb, asparagus, and peas. Also consider finding photos of spring flowers, tulips, daffodils, and lilacs, and have your child point them out on a spring walk.

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Tulip Math: I found a great tulip reading activity for preschoolers on Little Family Fun. I thought it would be fun to use this same idea to help my five-year-old with his math skills. I love that this project can be used as a learning tool and as a colorful decoration.

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Spring Books for Kids – Take advantage of a warm day by walking to the library for these spring finds.

Spring Is Here – Lois Lenski

A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox – Wendy Pfeffer

When Spring Comes – Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

The Spring Equinox: Celebrating the Greening of the Earth – Ellen Jackson

Dandelion Adventures – L. Patricia Kite

It’s Spring! –Linda Glasser

Whether the first day of spring brings us sunshine or snow, I hope you and your children enjoy these celebrations of spring!

Jessica is a DONA International trained postpartum doula and owner of Fourth Trimester Madison, www.fourthtrimestermadison.com. She has been married for over 10 years to someone who makes her laugh every day and reminds her not to take herself too seriously. Together they have three children- Logan (2006), Liam (2008) and Kate (2011). She grew up in northern Wisconsin but has called the Madison area home since college. She can be found reading cookbooks but not cooking, saying yes to more volunteer work than she has time for (and loving it), on a Netflix binge, or with her nose in a book.

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