Inside: Our toddlers and preschoolers learned about mother and baby animals during our spring animals theme. We also brought out some Easter goodies and adorned our dramatic play area with bunnies!
We swapped out the green from our St. Patrick’s Day theme and brought in some pastel colors for our spring animals theme.
It was raining like crazy while we were setting up the classroom, but I had to chuckle because that’s what spring is like in the Pacific Northwest!
I love embracing each of our seasons! See those cherry blossoms through the window? We will be bringing some inside the classroom to explore.
We’ll also be having fun with plastic eggs, rabbit ears, fun spring books, and some mother and baby animal matching.
Toddler and Preschool Spring Animals Theme Activities
Before I start sharing my photos, I must disclose that this is NOT how it looks once my students have joined the environment. I don’t want to mislead you!
I’ve been sharing some reality photos on Instagram, such as this one. The fact that it is one of my most popular photos shows that this hits home with many of you.
I love setting up our environment with great care, even though I know it won’t look like this a few minutes after my little friends arrive.
If you’ve been here awhile, you might recall my sheer happiness when I found some stuffed fabric carrots in the dollar spot at Target.
Yes, I was THAT person who did a dance when I found them. My husband didn’t even flinch. He knows how this works.
So I made a big deal about it on Instagram.
And then I made this fun carrot sensory bin with them.
And now, a year later, they are part of our spring animals dramatic play area.
And, of course, many bunnies!
If there is a Dollar Tree near you, grab one of these clear plastic egg trays! They are perfect for the light table with plastic eggs.
We then added cups that you get from egg dying kits that matched the colors of the eggs, along with bug tongs.
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I also placed a copy of Bunny’s Noisy Book on the table, as our children love to stop and look at books no matter where they are placed in the classroom.
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Lately our 2 and 3 year olds have wanted to paint 3 at a time, so I outlined 3 animals on a big sheet of paper.
This is my reality photo:
Just keeping it real here!
I found these fun animal eggs after Easter last year and added them to our playdough table. The children loved opening them up and pressing playdough inside them, and they really had to work their fingers to open and close the eggs.
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Mama and Baby Animal Matching:
I rummaged through our bin of plastic animals to put together this mama and baby animal matching activity.
This turned out to be much more popular than I anticipated. Goes to show we really don’t know until we add the children to the mix.
Books for this theme:
More to look at:
Spring Lesson Plans
I’m so excited to be one of the authors of these hands-on lesson plans for toddlers and for preschoolers!
Easy to follow lesson plans include activity modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of all learners.
For more information, click on the graphics below: