Are you looking for hands-on and engaging spring preschool activities for math & literacy? Keep reading to check out what’s a part of Littles Love Spring, our spring math & literacy packet!
Spring is such a happy time of year…birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and adorable spring crafts are plentiful in preschools everywhere!
If you’re looking for fun spring preschool activities, you have to check out Littles Love Spring! This downloadable activity pack is designed for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten littles.
These learning activities are hands-on, engaging, and aligned with the Arizona Early Learning Standards. They encourage your littles to explore foundational math & literacy skills through play, plus there’s a book project that goes along with the book Little Cloud by Eric Carle. Keep reading to see everything that’s included and how you can grab your own copy!
SPRING PRESCHOOL ACTIVITIES
These spring-themed word cards can be used in so many different ways! This download includes 15 spring-themed words, and each word comes in 4 different fonts: Uppercase, lowercase, uppercase traceable, and lowercase traceable. This activity also comes with a set of JUST the words (uppercase and lowercase) and JUST the pictures (giving students the chance to match them up). The possibilities with these cards are endless! You also get 3 activity pages for students to write these words if you choose to do a “Write the Room” activity with them and 1 page of pictures for them to “Color the Room.”
We all know how important it is for little ones to the master the alphabetic principle in order to set a strong foundation for reading. In this activity, students will work on this skill by matching the letters on the bees to the letters on the flowers. This set includes uppercase flowers, uppercase bees, lowercase flowers, and lowercase bees. You can work on letter identification and sounds with this, or you could use the letters to spell simple sight words or CVC words. You could also play a game of Go Fish or Memory with the cards!
The more I read about how children learn to read, the more convinced I am that letter sounds need to be the main focus in preschool! This activity asks students to match the letters on the clouds to the letters on the rainbows (working on mastering uppercase/lowercase letter pairs). Then they’ll match the pictures on the clouds to the letters on the rainbows based on the first sound in the picture. Just a reminder…when doing alphabet activities, you don’t need to do all 26 letters at the same time! Just choose a few that your littles are working on and focus on those.
This is a fun color-matching activity that helps students work on visual discrimination skills. Have students match the flowers to the flower pots. Extension ideas include sorting other manipulatives by color, including pom poms or Froot Loops cereal. 8 colors included.
Compound words are a fun skill for littles ones, and this activity is sure to be a hit! Have students find the two flies that go together to create a compound word. Then have them swat the compound word on the picture mat (they can use a printable fly swatter or a toy one made for kids).
I love teaching rhyming to little ones, but it can be a tough skill to master. This activity asks students to match the two rhyming words together to form a butterfly. Working on rhyming skills is so helpful for phonemic awareness, which is another crucial step for reading development and one that can’t be overlooked!
Letter formation can seem like a boring activity, but there are so many ways to spruce it up! This activity asks little ones to make the shape of the letter using a variety of manipualitves… sunflower seeds, play dough, mini erasers, small beads, dried beans, or anything else you can think of!
This activity is mixing two skills in one…syllables and fine motor! Students will choose a card, read the word in the middle, then clap out the number of syllables in that word. They can use a clothespin to mark the correct answer (or any other manipulative they have). Includes 20 cards.
The following sight word kites are included: the, of, and, a, to, in, is, you, that, it, he was, for on, are as, with, his, they I. Have students roll a die and mark off the corresponding sight word on their graph or tally chart. See which sight word kite gets to the clouds first and write the word on the line!
This spring pattern activity is great for developing beginning math skills. Ask students to finish the pattern with the spring picture cards. Then have them create their own pattern! Reviews AB, AAB, ABB, and ABC patterns.
Here’s a fun way to introduce measurement to preschoolers! Have them use the spring rulers to measure different spring pictures. You can also use standard rulers and discuss the differences between standard & nonstandard units of measurement.
Size order cards are always a big hit with my students! Ask students to put the cards in size order from biggest to smallest (or smallest to biggest!) Increase the engagement by adding these cards to a sensory bin. This set includes 6 different picture sets to put in order.
How cute are these little bees?! This fun math activity asks students to match the beehive number to the correct amount of bees. This is great for practicing one-to-one correspondence! Includes numbers 1-20.
Some of your students might be ready to begin solving simple addition problems, so this flower activity is perfect for them! Have them solve the addition problem on the stem and place the flower answer on top. This set includes problems with sums up to 10. Includes 24 different addition problems.
SPRING BOOK PROJECT
And last but not least, Littles Love Spring comes with a book project based on the book Little Cloud by Eric Carle. (Note: The book is not included in this download. You will need to buy the book yourself or borrow it from your local library. You can find it on Amazon here. *Not an affiliate link.)
This book project comes with comprehension questions, a poem, a song, directions for how to make a Cloud Painting (with a printable template), and directions for how to make Cloud Jello. Yum!
We know that reading aloud to our little ones is the most important part of helping to prepare them for success in school and beyond, and doing book-themed activities increases the enjoyment level for our kids! So don’t skip this part!
THE BEST SPRING PRESCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Phew! I think that covers everything! I’m so excited for you to check out these spring math & literacy centers and tell me what you think If you have any questions about this download, you can always email me: email@example.com.