This rounds out our Spring Materials Lists! Check it out and get ready to have lot’s of springy, flowery fun in May! If you want a hardcopy, there are colored or black and white printables below.
Here are the materials for activities in April! Most of these things will be things you have on hand, but some things take a little more preparation. There are two printables at the bottom, one in color and one in black and white depending on your preference!
Here is a general list of materials to have on hand for the Month of May. For more details check out the individual activity instructions or the weekly plans. Links for those can be found on the Spring Activities Page. Below are printables in color or black and white of this list.
Here is a list of the things we will need in April. Hopefully this will help you prepare for some of the things that are not as easy to have on hand. Be sure to check the activities or weekly plans for more specific details about the materials to have. You can find links to all of that on the Spring Activity page. You will also find below printables of this list, both in color and black and white depending on your preference!
It’s time to get ready for next week already! Week 3 is full of Easter activities, bunnies, egg painting, and Easter treats!
Happy Week 2 of Spring! Now to get the weather feeling like Spring!
This week is lot’s of fun with a little nod to upcoming St. Patrick’s Day!
Believe it or not Spring is already here… well at least here at Real. Meaningful. Family! Spring doesn’t officially start for a couple of weeks, and the weather has been teasing us lately with occasional spring temperatures, but we are going to jump right in with Easter and St. Patricks Day activities! And I’m so excited!
A few notes to get started… I did some tweaking to the plan because I have to stress these activities are by no means meant to create “preschool” for these young children. It is extremely important that the activities not be mis-construed as a set “learning” time, rather as a set time to be together, have fun, and play. What I found with my toddlers and young preschoolers was that if I didn’t have a set time to play with them, all my other work got in the way! It takes prioritizing and being aware of what we’ve got going on to make sure we are sitting down and playing, reading, singing, moving, dancing, rhyming… with our little ones. So, you’ll find at the top of each weekly plan a little disclaimer of sorts that I am going to always have up their to remind ourselves what these activities are meant to be!
The other note that I am excited to mention is that the entire spring activity plan is ALL up on the blog. Woohoo! On the main page if you hover over Toddler Activities, and click on Spring, a schedule of all 13 weeks will come up! With each week is a link to that activity plan, and below the link to the activity plan are the blog posts about the activities that I have gotten up on the blog. That is also where you can find the materials lists for March, April, and May (April and May will post the Thursday before they begin). I am planning on blogging a bit about each week before they come and will include a link to the new week plan, but just in case I don’t it’s all there and ready to go!
Ok, so enough with the notes, here’s the good stuff…
Here is the general materials that we will need for March. Be sure to check out individual activities and weekly plans for more detailed directions. You can find links for all of these on the Spring Activities page. You will find both color and black and white printable versions of this list are below.
It’s a very busy time of year. Take this art day to choose a craft that your child loves to do, but it doesn’t seem like you ever have time to do it. Maybe they looove playing with play dough, but you just never get it out. For us, it’s finger painting. I don’t know why, but I don’t ever just get out the finger paint and let them go. I just don’t think of it, but they love it when finger paint activities come up in our activity plan!
Shaving cream apparently has about a million uses, including several fine motor and sensory activities for young children. It really is a great medium that kids will have a ton of fun with. Mix a box (or a half box depending on how much you want to make) of cornstarch with a can of shaving cream in a large plastic container. Mix together to get a fluffy, snowy, moldable consistency. Let children dig in and play as they like, ask a lot of questions, and occasionally give new ideas for play (ie add toys, cars, containers, scoops, spoons, cookie cutters, etc).
1 box cornstarch
1 can of shaving cream
Large plastic container
Fine motor, sensory, early science
Set out cotton balls (or craft balls) in a large bowl along with the empty muffin tin or ice cube tray. Let your child experiment with different types of utensils (tongs, spoons, tweezers) to move the cotton balls from the larger bowl to the small compartments. Younger children will have an easier time using spoons, and older children might enjoy the challenge of tongs or tweezers.
Variation: If using colored craft balls make sure to talk about the colors. Older children might enjoy sorting by color adding an early math concept to this activity.
Cotton balls or craft balls
Spoons, tongs, tweezers, etc
Muffin tin or ice cube tray
Adult prep, making the mittens: Grab 5-8 different colors of construction paper. Use your own hand, or your child’s hand to trace around. Make sure to keep all 4 fingers together and thumb sticking out to get the mitten look. Cut 2 mittens out of each color. Have children match the mittens based on color.
Variation: cut out 4 mittens from each color. Cut 2 small and 2 large. Children can not only match based on color, but also based on size.
5-8 pairs of construction paper mittens
Early math, colors
I saw this a while back for older kids, and I thought it would be something fun to do adapted for younger kids. The premise is to take the stick pretzels and stick into the marshmallows and connect into different shapes. Since it’s winter we are calling them snowflakes, but don’t worry if you end up with a line of pretzels and marshmallows. The key is to let your child work on their fine motor abilities with these fun new materials! I would definitely demonstrate along side to give your child new ideas and things to try. Talk about shapes, what you see your child doing, and describe what you are doing! I think kids young and old will enjoy getting involved in this activity!
Fine motor, sensory
Don’t forget the ever important large motor, reading, and music & rhymes! All three of these have a huge developmental impact on our kids, and they happen to be super fun! Since it is colder, getting large motor movement into the day is harder to do. Definitely take every chance you can to bundle up and get outside to run, jump, climb, and play! But on the days that you can’t, get creative. Try yoga for young children, keep a balloon up in the air, toss scarves up and try and catch them, or have a dance party. Not only will your kids have fun, they will be learning and growing at the same time!
To keep reading fresh, head to the library or dig out your favorite winter books. Reading is such an important activity for building vocabulary and adding to that foundation for reading in the future. Not only are they getting so many learning benefits from reading, but you are getting special one on one time with them!
And finally, have fun looking for winter themed music and rhymes! Hearing rhymes and the sing songiness of music is building a foundation of phonics for learning letters and reading in the future! But for now, just be expressive and silly and have fun with it!