17 Spring Activities for Preschoolers

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spring activities for preschoolers
After a long winter, your preschooler probably can't wait to get outside! Celebrate with some of these spring activities for families. Johner Images

Spring is arguably the perfect season for activities for families. Depending on where you live, the weather is warm, but mild enough that you can spend long periods of time outside. The days are getting longer, which means it is lighter (and brighter) earlier and later (which, admittedly, does cause some issues when it comes to wake up times and bedtime routines for little ones). Overall though, spring is a wonderful time for families who want to shake off the cold weather of winter and simply spend some time inside or outside, enjoying the company of each other.

These spring activities for families are geared at little ones, but offer a variety of fun things to do for people of all ages. While there are plenty of things to do outside, there are also some indoor activities as well, since spring is also well-known for it's rain.

  1. Plant a flower or a vegetable garden. If you don't have a lot of space in your yard, consider using containers.
  2. Set up a lemonade stand.
  3. Learn about the life cycle of butterflies. Consider ordering caterpillars from Insect Lore so your preschooler can see it in action!
  4. Hit your local library and see what new books they have. Then, head to your backyard and read outside in the grass!
  5. Sign your little one up for a sports league, such as soccer or t-ball.
  6. Teach your child about the changing seasons though books and songs.
  7. Head outside and play! Not sure what to do once you get there? Try one of these 50 fun, family-friendly activities.
  1. Visit a local aquarium. Have they added any new exhibitions or animals since the last time you visited?
  2. Take advantage of spring's wet weather and play in the rain! (Not sure how, try one of these 25 ideas.)
  3. Go for a walk in your neighborhood. Encourage your young scientist by asking questions. In what ways does the outside during spring look different from the last time you went for a stroll? Point out the differences in the trees, the animal life, as well as people's gardens. Once you've finished with your own neighborhood, try a local park or walking trail.
  1.  Make a bird feeder for the feathered friends that live in your yard.
  2. Have a picnic.
  3. Participate as a family in a race. Many communities and organizations host events where the grown ups and older kids can run a 5K and little ones can take part in a mile-long "fun run." Even if your preschooler can't run a mile, walking it (with some encouragement from you and the crowd) can be an enjoyable activity that you do together.
  4. Go for a family bike ride. Even a preschooler on a tricycle can keep up if you stick to a bike trail at a park or around your block. Make sure everyone wears a helmet!
  5. Try stopping at a local art or history museum. You may think that some of the exhibitions are over your preschooler's head, but there is probably a lot for them to look at and enjoy.
  6. Take a trip to a local farm and see if you can play with the baby animals.
  7. Explore your preschooler's creative side with spring crafts:

                   • Bird Nest Craft
                   • Clothespin Caterpillar Craft
                   • Paper Plate Bird Craft

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