March 20th marks the first day of spring this year. At our house, I’m hoping spring will mean the end of an intense winter storm with high winds and cold rain. Didn’t the Punxsutawney clan predict only six more weeks of winter?
Nevertheless, we are celebrating the beginning of spring at our house by engaging in a number of spring activities. As we drive and play outside, I encourage the boys to look for signs of spring: buds and blossoms on trees, ants scurrying about, birds singing their spring songs, bunnies hopping, warming weather. We’ve talked about spring weather and how it differs from winter. (NOTE: Click here for a Kindergarten spring weather lesson plan.) Finally, last week I took Cooper and Finley to Lowe’s where they each picked a packet of seeds and a pair of gardening gloves. We started our seeds in egg cartons since it’s still too cold to sow them outside. They are so excited about their plants, spritzing them with a spray bottle every day; I am crossing my fingers they germinate.
Many of our spring activities have been inspired by Scholastic’s Nature’s Miracles book series by Judith Anderson and Mike Gordon. The set includes four books — one each about seeds, caterpillars, tadpoles and raindrops. Each book explains a natural cycle; for example Once There Was a Seed begins with a young girl and her grandfather planting a seed and follows that seed as it sprouts, blooms, produces pollen, and dies and spreads its seeds starting the cycle over again. The back of the book includes for reading the book with your child and suggestions for more spring activities, books for additional reading and helpful Web sites.
Hopefully warm spring weather has made it your way. Happy spring!
12 thoughts on “First Day of Spring Fun”
First day of spring here in New York actually feels like late spring – warm, sunny, the underbrush and grass already greening – we’re a whole month early – no complaints! It’s absolutely lovely! These books sound really wonderful – I will have to check them out.
I think we are supposed to get spring weather by the end of the week. Crossing fingers!
It’s a glorious day here, I just wrote a draft of a pb under the sun with a lovely view of the harbour. That cover looks very cute btw!
Our day turned out to be very spring-like as well. We just got back from the park. Now, to write…
Luckily we have had unseasonably warm weather in Ohio! We have been outside quite a bit the past week and a half. It is amazing what warm weather can do to the mood of your children — and for parents too!! I hope warm weather comes to you soon. Happy First Day of Spring.
Eric, it’s here, it’s here. Spring weather arrived in time for the First Day of Spring. Yippeeeee!
I can’t wait to get into the garden. There is still snow here but it’s warm outside so I can’t complain.
I have a black thumb. But I am hoping the boys have green thumbs, since we’ve planted lots of seeds.
I need to get this for my husband. He picked out his seeds last weekend.
The boys had a great time picking out their seeds. I really hope they germinate. I have never had success with this here in California.
My sister was just saying she wants to plant seeds, Maybe this weekend…. 🙂 This looks like a great book!
The whole series is great for teaching about natural cycles. Look for another one in today’s post.