Butterflies, bunnies, ducks, frogs, and weather – a Spring Circle Time unit is perfect for celebrating all of the new beginnings that springtime brings. Shake off the heavy winter layers and drab colors of winter and enjoy the sunshine and rainbows (and yes, sometimes rain!) of Spring! Here are some ideas that will bring some spring into the classroom!
Spring Circle Time Activities
Concept of Word
Concept of word is an essential pre-reading skill. Students start to recognize the individual words by pointing to each one. One way to build this skill is by using simple sentences with dots under the first letter of each word. Students “read” aloud while touching the dots under the words. Learn more about Concept of Word here!
Beehive Counting Practice
Students will be “buzzing” with excitement when they do this counting practice activity! The printable poem and numbered bees are a fantastic way to engage young learners in practicing counting up to five. Want more to “bee” happy about? Check out these Ten Chip Clip Poems!
These adorable chip clip poems were found at a dollar store. Using five dollars and a little ingenuity, it is easy to develop THREE different chip clip poems!
“Rain on the Green Grass” Poem
This little rhyming poem is perfect for spring! Practice rhyming, color identification, and word replacement. Get all the details and a free printable poem sheet HERE.
It Looked Like Spilt Milk felt board
“It Looked Like Spilt Milk” by author Charles G. Shaw is about using imagination to make pictures from the clouds in the sky. When reading the story, the teacher can place white felt cut-outs onto a flannel board for each page. Don’t worry about making them perfect – they’re clouds, after all! Students can try to predict the text by examining the picture placed on the board. After storytime is over, students can continue the fun and use the flannel pieces to retell the story independently.
Hungry Bird Carpet Game
In this carpet game, the early bird gets the shapes! Carpet games are an interactive way to practice skills such as shape, color, numeral, and letter identification – and it’s fun too! The complete Spring Unit also has a birdwatching scavenger hunt focusing on our feathered friends.
Looking at real photos helps students take the ideas from the lesson and relate them to the world around them. Using photos in conjunction with other media is essential for helping children feel connected to the topic. Learners can identify the activities, places, and people in the images and discuss them as a group. Simple text on each picture provides a language lesson as well!
Make some incredibly soft “Cloud Dough” at the art center today. This easy no-cook dough requires just two ingredients: cornstarch and hair conditioner. Easy enough! Mix equal parts in a bowl. There is no cooking required, and students can get their hands messy while helping to make it. See more pictures here!
Reading is essential for building a strong brain. Here is a free printable list of spring-themed books to print out!
Spring Center Ideas
The Spring Circle Time Unit is available for purchase now!
What is in the Spring Circle Time Unit?
Ten days of learning fun that cover the following topics are included.
- Rain Showers
- Wind & Kites
- Flower Garden
- Beautiful Butterflies
- Eggs in a Nest
- Bunny Time
- Time to Get Outside
- Ducks & Frogs
Each day in the unit has lesson objectives, real photos, and activities as well as extension ideas. The extension ideas are small additions to the lesson, such as learning how to say words in American Sign Language, simple math activities, art project ideas, and recipes!