Spring centers have a way of making the classroom look and feel brighter – even if the weather is not cooperating yet! Try these hands-on activities with your preschoolers.
Spring Center Ideas for Art
Colorful Rainbow Painting
Spring is all about bright colors! Colorful tempera paint sticks create a low-mess (really, is anything with preschool art “no mess?”) way for students to practice the colors of the rainbow. Putting models on the table helps give students a visual reference while they make their cheery creations.
Butterfly Symmetry Art
Need an easy yet successful art project? This Butterfly Symmetry Art fits the bill. Students squirt paint from bottles onto a pre-cut butterfly shape, fold it in half, and press the paint. Next, they open the wings to see the beautifully symmetrical design. A great vocabulary builder AND an art project is always a winner! Display it alongside the Butterfly Suncatcher art for a whole theme!
Painting flowers isn’t a new idea – people have been using them for still-life for centuries. Mix it up and use the flowers as the BRUSHES, however, and it’s a preschool-worthy art activity. Students stamp, swish, and daub in bright colors. Read more about this activity HERE.
Wind & Rain Process Art
See more photos and get all the details HERE.
Spring Literacy Ideas
Umbrella Alphabet Match
Rain, Rain, Stay and Play! Match the lowercase raindrop to the uppercase umbrella in this adorable spring-themed literacy activity. Get it and other wonderful spring activities in the Spring Circle Time unit!
Eggs in a Basket Rhyming Bulletin Board
Spring Centers for Math
Flowers and Bees Counting Activity
Students will “bee” excited to work on their counting skills with this cheerful math center. First, preschoolers count the dots on the stem of the flower. Next, they find the bee that has the matching numeral on its wing, and match them up. It couldn’t “bee” any cuter! This is just 1 of the learning centers included in this Spring Preschool Unit.
Jelly Bean Sorting
Simple and sweet can’t be beat! This is a fun math activity that students sink their teeth into. Each child takes a small paper cup of jelly beans and sorts them onto the appropriate picture. Print the free sorting sheets HERE.
Sensational Seasonal Sensory Play
Lentils and Coins Sensory Table
This Spring themed sensory table is perfect for March and St. Patrick’s Day! The sensory table is filled with dry split green peas and lentils. The gold coins are sprinkled through the peas. Add the tongs and coin banks to keep their treasures safe! Students practice fine motor skills and enjoy the feeling of the lentils running through their fingers.
Soil Sensory Table
Soil in the classroom? Why not? Topsoil (not potting soil with added chemicals) or regular old dirt from the garden makes an inexpensive and intriguing sensory bin filler. Involve the students in digging it up and bringing it to the sensory table. Great for a unit on plants or just some good not-so-clean fun!
Rainbow Chickpeas Sensory Table
Enjoy all the bright colors of spring with this Spring Rainbow Sensory Table! Dyed chickpeas are perfect for hours of entertaining sensory play. Adding eggs for an Easter or bird theme enriches the fun!
Spring Dramatic Play Ideas
Flower Shop Dramatic Play Center
April showers bring May flowers in this adorable Flower Shop Dramatic Play unit. Read more about it here!
Ready for some spring cleaning? Squirt bottles and squeegies to the rescue with this super-simple Window Washer Dramatic Play idea!
Making a Splash!
Finally, don’t be afraid to take students outside to enjoy the wet weather. Just be sure to tell parents to pack appropriate outerwear and extra clothing!
Have fun playing and learning with your students today!