With spring right around the corner, many teachers begin their hunt for the perfect springtime activities to keep students learning, engaged and having fun. Our team worked to compile a list of our favorite classroom activities for spring, to make this season bloom! Scroll through the list, select an activity or few and let the springtime fun begin!
1-Interactive Outdoor Phonics
Take phonics outside with this idea! 💡 #phonics #teachersoftiktok #teachertip #2ndgradeteachers♬ original sound – Lucky Little Learners
Get your students outside playing with chalk (which they LOVE) with an academic purpose! All you will need is sight words (or Phonics Ladders) and chalk!
2-Take the Learning Outside
☀️🌈 take learning outside with these fun ideas! #teachersoftiktok #2ndgradeteachers♬ original sound – Lucky Little Learners
Fresh air can make a world of difference when it comes to student behavior. When they start to feel restless, grab your lesson supplies and head out the door. Some ideas of what to bring:
- Pencil box to hold a class set of pencils. (Otherwise you know there will be many pencils lost somewhere outside! HA!)
- Read alouds. Here are some spring book ideas plus corresponding activities: Springtime Read Alouds.
- Use nature materials for math manipulatives! Find rocks, twigs, pinecones or leaves already on the ground. Your students will love searching for these!
3-Five Senses Anchor Chart
Interactive anchor chart idea for teaching the 5 senses! 👏👏👏 #teachersoftiktok #teachertip #anchorcharts♬ Stranger Things 4 Remix – Netflix
Another outside idea, do you sense a theme here? Get students outside and interacting with an anchor chart on a five senses hunt. Have them list things the see, smell, hear, touch outside. (This would be a great way to get an adjective discussion going!) Taste is a bit harder. Be sure to have a chat about not eating wild berries or anything they find outside. Ask what they can “taste in the air” or bring out a snack to eat while outside.
4-Have a Classroom Campout
Turn your student desks into TENTS for a fun classroom transformation day! ✨👉🏻All you need is tape, a binder and a plastic tablecloth or butcher paper! #teachersoftiktok #classroomtransformation #teachertip♬ original sound – Lucky Little Learners
Have you ever wished you could bring your class camping? Well, now you can…without leaving the classroom! Set up desk tents, bring out the books and camping resources and ta-dah! Your classroom has become a kids dream! Find out more: Camp Read-a-Lot.
5-St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
Make a ‘Lucky Rainbow’ chain with your class this month! 🌈🥰 #teachersoftiktok #stpatricksday♬ original sound – Lucky Little Learners
Make this super cute and easy Lucky Rainbow Chain with students. What a cute decoration to hang in the classroom, plus students will be left feeling gratitude for all they have in their lives.
Have you made a leprechaun trap before?! 🍀🌈 stpatricksday craft teachersoftiktok♬ Irish St. Patricks Day Traditional – ProTraxx
Making a leprechaun trap can be time consuming, but it is a great activity to build STEM skills. Plus: students get crazy excited about it!
👉 Find WAY more ideas, and have your entire St. Patrick’s Day planned out for you here: Leprechaun Traps in the Classroom.
6- Easter Egg Math
Looking 👀 for a fun Easter FREEBIE?! Comment and we’ll send it your way! #teachersoftiktok #WomenOwnedBusiness #easter♬ original sound – Lucky Little Learners
What student doesn’t like an egg hunt? Put an academic spin on this fun activity by hiding math problems in each egg. Students will find the eggs, solve the problems and then put the egg back for the next student to find.
Bonus: You can get the Egg Hunt FREE: Free Easter Math Cards.
7-Earth Day Activities
Here are the #EarthDay activities we did in my #SpecialEducation classroom today! #TeachersOfTikTok #BlackTeacher #BlackTeachers♬ Delicious – Pabzzz
These craft ideas come from Tik Tok user Callmemoprah. She did several fun and easy crafts with her students on Earth Day.
Earth Day Classroom Transformation
If you want to take things a step further, try an Earth Day Classroom Transformation!
Read more about it here: Earth Day Classroom Transformation
And: 15 Earth Day Read Alouds & Activities for 2nd Grade
8- Nature Scavenger Hunt
Get those students outside again and try a nature scavenger hunt! We have a template HERE, or create your own based on what nature you have where you live.
9- Plant Seeds
DIY seedling pots! #growyourown #upcycling #plantingseeds #outdoorclassroom♬ Sunny Day – Ted Fresco
This ideas comes from Tik Tok user thoughtfulllysustainable. Grab those toilet paper tubes or newspaper and let students make their own seedling pots! OR, you can try the beans in a baggie window planting trick!
#learningpod #homeschool #windowplant #science #kids #easyproject♬ Happy (Instrumental) – By Line
Thanks for the great idea @mamabearshark!
If you are interested in starting a Seeds & Planting unit with your students, we have a post for that with loads of ideas & resources: Seeds & Planting.
Also, check out our Garden Day Classroom Transformation for loads of resources, including a window planting template!
10-Mother’s & Father’s Day Gifts
Try these fun crafts ideas great for Mother’s or Father’s day!
Looking for Mother’s Day crafts?! We’ve got you! #teachersoftiktok #mothersday #craft♬ Reflections on 52nd – Psyched on Sound
Father’s Day is NEXT WEEKEND! Try this easy to make gift with your students (or kids!) #teachersoftiktok #momsoftiktok #crafts #fathersdaygiftidea♬ original sound – Lucky Little Learners
Find more Mother’s Day ideas on the blog: 5 Easy Mother’s Day Gifts to Make With 2nd Graders
Hopefully these springtime activities put a little spring in your step to finish the school year strong!