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We all know that the days are longer in Summer than they are in Winter.  This is because the Earth tilts a little sideways on its axis, about 23 degrees of perpendicular.  And while the sun always shines strongly at the equator, the amount of light hitting the northern and southern parts of the Earth changes as the planet makes each year long orbit around the sun. 

In mid June, the Arctic Circle gets the most light it will receive all year-- while at the same time, the Antarctic is the darkest.  At the same time, Australia and South Africa and other countries of the Southern Hemisphere are having short cold days and long dark nights -- Winter, in June.  But of course the countries of the Northern Hemisphere, like the United States, Canada, and Great Britain, are having Summer!   However, by mid December the opposite is true:  the Arctic is plunged into darkness, while the Antarctic is bathed in light.

  But on March 21st, and  September 21st, the hours of daylight and darkness are exactly the same -- in both hemispheres!  This is called the "equinox".  The only difference is that what Canadians and Americans call "Spring" is actually "Fall" in Australia.    And when Fall rolls around to the northern hemisphere nations, it's Spring down under.  Got that?   Great, now cruise on down the page for some great Spring curriculum activities! 





Spring Stories and Poems

The Proud Little Apple Blossom
by Hans Christian Andersen (adapted)

Echo and Narcissus
by Ovid (Adapted)


Print and color books for emergent readers.





Group Creative Writing

What kind of story can you write using insect related science words?  Maybe a mystery tale, or the story of a science expedition -- or the tale of strange buggy aliens?  You decide!   Use this Vocabulary List & Definitions to help you with unfamiliar terms.

Poetry Writing Resources
April is National Poetry Month!  Check out these exercises and ideas for ages K-8.  From Scholastic.

Acrostic Form: Praying Mantis
Acrostic Poem

Rhyming Dictionary

Having trouble finishing your poem because of rhyming troubles?  This interactive Rhyming Dictionary allows you to enter the word you're trying to find a rhyme for... hit go... and magically get a list of words that will rhyme with it!  Pick the one that fits your poem and away you go.





Insects Bar Graph

Print this sheet to use with a bug sorting and collecting activity.  Or just poll your friends, family, or classmates to see what their favorite (or least favorite) bug is, then record the results on the graph.

Math Baseball

It's spring training for your brain!  Spring is the time that major league baseball players work hard to gear up for the big season ahead.  Give your math skills a healthy workout with this game from funbrain.

Spring Math Worksheets (K-5)

Spring Themed Math Challenges
Ideas for math challenges in the great outdoors and more. 

Spring Math Riddles
Tips on how to have fun with math lessons plus a Spring Math Riddles Reproducible.

Venn Diagram: Comparing Insects & Humans

Use this graph to help you think about the similarities and differences between human beings and insects.






Study Bird Migration
Spring is the time birds return from their tropical vacations to take up residence in our backyards, build nests, and start a whole new generation.  Of course birds aren't the only animals that migrate with the seasons.  Whales, butterflies, and many herd animals also migrate.  For more about this, check out:

Journey North: A Global Study of Wildlife Migration and Seasonal Change

International Migratory Bird Day


Learn About the Desert

No biome responds more dramatically to Spring than the desert!  Cactuses and other plants come briefly into bloom, animals take advantage of the brief boost in moisture to become more active and to reproduce.

Deserts of the American Southwest


Plant some seeds!  Buy an assortment of seeds and potting soil.  Reuse old butter or cool whip tubs as pots (you could paint them with acrylic paints first, if you wish).   Have kids read the back of the seed packets to see how deep to plant each type of seed, how much light and water it requires, and how many days until germination and maturity.   Plant the seeds and label the containers with the seed type and the date planted.  Water the seeds.  Cover the containers with plastic wrap (you might need some rubber bands to help secure it) to help keep the soil warm and speed up germination.  Place the seeds somewhere warm, and make sure they have the proper amount of light once they sprout and begin to grow.

Kids can keep a journal or chart to record when each container of seeds sprouted, how fast they grew, and etc.   Have them graph the results and compare growth rates.  They could even sketch the different plants and/or take photographs.



How a Seed Grows - And Who Grows It

Observe the growth of a popcorn plant from seed to plant.  Learn where popcorn comes from, how it is grown, learn a plant's life cycle, and how many people (careers) are involved in the growing and marketing of popcorn.  This lesson plan comes with links to power points, short films, activity ideas, and is tied to the following recommended books...




A Seed Is Sleepy  

Award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston have teamed up again to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to seeds. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to a fascinating array of seed and plant facts, making it a guide that is equally at home being read on a parent's lap as in a classroom reading circle.


Nature Close-Up - Seeds and Seedlings  

This award-winning 12 volume science series continues. Easy-to-do projects introduce kids to the basics of scientific method (hypothesis, observation, conclusion) as they get a "hands on" understanding of the nature of living things. Stunning photos, fascinating background material, and focused experiments combine to teach biology and excite young students about scientific process. Each volume includes: Materials Source List Glossary Further Reading Index.



The Seed Match (grade K)

This lesson, has students matching the fruits and vegetables to the seeds they grow from!  

Will they solve the mystery? 



Seed Search  

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to closely examine seeds, determining differences and similarities.  Students will learn to recognize where seeds are contained on a plant and how they may be dispersed.




The Tiny Seed (World of Eric Carle)  

Eric Carle’s classic story of the life cycle of a flower is told through the adventures of a tiny seed. This mini-book includes a piece of detachable seed-embedded paper housed on the inside front cover. Readers can plant the entire piece of paper and watch as their very own tiny seeds grow into beautiful wildflowers.


Lesson plans to accompany The  Tiny Seed



Seed Sprouting

This is the classic bean sprouting activity.  Tips for using this in a school science project are included.

How Do Seeds Travel?

This lesson has students using observation and experimentation to think about the different ways plants get spread from their parent plant to a new location.  Magnifying glass or microscope recommended.  From Scholastic.

Build Your Own Rootbox

This is a simple project -- if you have someone to cut the Plexiglas for you. 

The Great Plant Escape

Help detective Leplant and his partners Bud and Sprout unlock the mysteries of plant life.  (Grades 3-6)  Sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension.



For more plant growing fun and activities...
visit the
Earth's Kids Gardening Page!




Learn About Insects

Butterflies and caterpillars are favorite spring themes.  But don't forget about silk worms, earthworms, and ladybugs -- any of these could come visit your classroom!   Tie in thematic books, makes observations of your little visitors, and add in some of our songs, poems, crafts,  and games to go along with the theme.

Make an Insect Coloring Book

Bee Info for Kids


Live Butterfly Garden  

Watch your own larvae grow into caterpillars then transform into butterflies  right before your eyes!  Release the butterflies outdoors into your yard.

Plant a butterfly garden

12 Perennials That Butterflies Love

Butterfly and Caterpillar Photos -- plus coloring sheets

Worm World

Voted the Yuckiest site on the web -- but in a good way -- Worm World has interesting facts about worms and their role in the ecosystem.


Even more insect and bug links


Insect Worksheets:

Butterfly Life Cycle


Do The Research!

If I Was A.... ?

Insect Words Mini Book


Ladybug Life Cycle

Painted Lady Butterfly Life Cycle Book
A Printable Activity Book


Reading Comprehension

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Vocabulary Quiz

Word Chop

Word Search






All About Eggs

Kids know eggs don't really come from bunnies.  But few have stopped to consider all the different kinds of animals that DO lay eggs, and those that don't.   Get yourself a copy of Chickens Aren't the Only Ones, and read it to your children.  The illustrations are beautiful and amazing, and the book ably communicates the diversity of creatures that do lay eggs, from birds to insects to fish and beyond.  Even children as young as 3 will appreciate this book, however you may need to paraphrase some of the text and focus on discussing the pictures.  They will still get the idea, and the wonder.

Afterwards, create your own follow up activities.  Have children draw a picture of a creature that lays an egg.  Go outside to look for egg layers.  Take a field trip to an egg farm or an egg processing plant.  Older children could even do a report on the journey an egg undergoes to come to our table.

For even more egg-citing ideas, check out this page of Oviparous Animals lesson ideas .

Egg and Embryo Development

A nice page from Enchanted Learning with plenty of explanation and even diagrams.  Includes printouts and worksheets.


Mixing Food Colors to Dye Eggs

Students will explore which colors need to be mixed to create desired colors.  For K-2.


Chickens Aren't the Only Ones
by Ruth Heller

There's no more to discuss; everyone who lays an egg is oviparous.  Ruth Heller's classic book is still going strong, with beautiful illustrations and text that explore the astonishing range of creatures who lay eggs.

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For even more fun check out her companion work Animals Born Alive and Well




Frogs & Friends



Planet Frog

Witness the magical transformation of live tadpoles into lively frogs!
This live frog habitat is a break resistant, escape proof rain forest environment complete with a pond, plastic plants, and "rock" cavern for shelter. Comes with a mail-in order coupon for live Leopard frog (Rana pipien) tadpoles.*

These 100% Earth-friendly tadpoles are not taken from the wild, but are captivity-bred. The vented, see-through lid that encases the habitat provides safe, unobstructed viewing of the amazing transformation. For ages 8 and up.



Frog Facts

Learn about the difference between frogs and toads, meet some really strange and wacky frog species, and find out all about the life cycle and adaptations of different frog types.  Part of the great Frog Land site with lots of cool frog photos.

More Frog Facts, Fun & Links
from the Exploratorium


Red-Eyed Tree Frog.
oy Cowley. Illustrated with photographs by Nic Bishop. Scholastic Press. 32pp.  



For more about frogs...
visit the
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History/Social Studies


April Fool's Day -- The Origins and History

Did you know that April Fool's Day originated as a tradition of pranking people who still believed in the old way of celebrating the New Year on April 1st?  Learn more!


April History

Click a day on the calendar to find out what happened on that day in history!  Sports, politics, and more.


March into Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month!  Learn about women pioneers, women in science, important political developments and more.


March in History

Learn about famous people and events commemorated in May.


May Day -- The Origins and History

Learn about the original meaning of May Day and its traditions.  Be sure to also read about Law Day


Important History Dates in May

Learn about famous people and events commemorated in May.




Songs & Games


Play with Bubbles!

Spring is a great time to play with bubbles.  The frisky spring wind catches the bubbles and carries them on unpredictable eddies this way and that, provoking gales of giggles from young children.  Check out these recipes for bubble liquid.  For more bubble fun, click here!

Dance with the Wind

Science springs to life when little ones move with the breeze!  All you need are paper streamers (see below) and a windy day.  From Scholastic.


Duck Themed Games & Activities



Online Games

Spring themed games to play free on your computer.  From Kaboose.



Five little ducks, went out to play (hold up five fingers)
over the hills, and far away,
(hand goes up and down over the hills)
Mother Duck said,  "Quack Quack Quack"
(fingers of hand "quack" like duck bill)
But only four little Ducks came  (hold up four fingers)
[repeat, counting down until..]

But this time NO little ducks came back. 
So Mother Duck said, " QUACK, QUACK, QUACK!!",
(use both hands to form bill)
And all of her little ducks came back. 
There were 1, 2, 3, 4, 5! 
(count ducks with children)



Five green and speckled frogs
sitting on a speckled log
eating some most delicious bugs
yum yum
(rub tummy)  
One jumped into the pool
 where it was nice and cool
(swipe forehead),
then there were four speckled frogs,
 glub glub!
 (flap thumb & forefinger, on each hand, open
 and shut twice by your eyes, to mimic frog eyelids open and shutting)

[repeat, counting down until..]

One green and speckled frog
sitting on a speckled log
eating some most delicious bugs
yum yum
He jumped into the pool
 where it was nice and cool

then there were no speckled frogs,
glub glub!

Eggs come in many sizes
Eggs hold some big surprises
Speckled, brown, white, or blue
Eggs hold babies that are new
Chicks from eggs are fluffy yellow
Chicks from eggs are funny fellows!



Six little ducks

Six little ducks
That I once knew
Fat ones, skinny ones,
Fair ones, too
But the one little duck
With the feather on his back
He led the others
With a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He led the others
With a quack, quack, quack

Down to the river
They would go
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble,
To and fro
But the one little duck
With the feather on his back
He led the others
With a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He led the others
With a quack, quack, quack

Back from the river
They would come
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble,
Ho, hum, hum
But the one little duck
With the feather on his back
He led the others
With a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He led the others
With a quack, quack, quack




Baker's Clay Flowers

In this fun activity flowers are cut out of Baker's Clay.  Then when dry and hard they are mounted with a glue gun onto craft sticks.  Then, children can paint them with tempera paints.  Lovely! 

Start by choosing one of our Baker's Clay recipes (click here) and whipping up a batch.  Place your dough atop some waxed paper or pastry paper, then roll the dough flat.  Get out a flower shaped cookie cutter and carefully cut out the flower shapes.    If you don't have a flower shaped cutter, try use a large coffee mug to cut our a round shape, then with a knife (plastic works) you can cut out little wedges of the clay to give the appearance of individual petals. 

Transfer your "flowers" onto the baking sheet and follow the recipes instructions for baking.   Afterwards, let your flowers cool completely before attaching them to the craft sticks with the glue gun.  Finally get out some pretty paint colors and get decorating!  You can even paint the craft sticks a nice green.  (Note:  you can use  either popsicle sticks or tongue depressor sticks for this project, depending on the size of the flower.)

For more fun, paint some tiny flower pots and fill them with Styrofoam.    Then "plant" your flowers in the pot and display them to brighten up a room or a patio for springtime.



Egg Carton Caterpillars

For this craft you'll need to save up some old egg cartons-- preferably the grey papery variety as these hold the glue better.  Cut off the carton lid and discard it (or save for another activity).  Then cut the egg cup side into sections -- you'll want about three bumps (or cups) person section.  Each section will be a caterpillar.

Next, cut some fuzzy pipe cleaner into pieces about 3 or 4 inches long.  You'll poke one through the end of each segment of egg carton -- to form the caterpillars antennae.  Bend the tips of the pipe clean over, for safety.

Now turn the children loose with collage materials and glue!  Show them how to drizzle on the glue and layer on tiny pom poms, colored craft feathers, confetti, glitter, and etc.  The end result is a very "fuzzy" and colorful caterpillar.


Coffee Filter Butterflies

What you'll need:  Liquid watercolor paint in various colors, large coffee filter papers, and wooden clothespins -- the old fashioned type that don't pinch open and shut.   Take a large coffee filter paper and paint it using either small paint brushes or eye droppers of liquid watercolor.  Let filter paper dry, then bunch it up, pinching the middle and insert the middle portion into the slot of the wooden clothes pin.  You're done!   If you like you can paint the wooden clothes pins ahead of time -- or even decorate them with markers.   You can also glue gun a bit of fuzzy pipe filter onto the "head" of the caterpillar ahead of time -- but be sure to bend the tips over, to prevent accidents.


Caterpillar Puppets

These are great fun to do with preschoolers or young school age children.  Start with some clean socks -- white cotton tube socks work best.  Glue gun a 4 to 6 inch length of fuzzy pipe cleaner a few inches from the toe of the sock.  Children can decide how to "style" the antennae in wacky twists and turns.   Next, provide the children with markers (permanent can be used if children are in "painting clothes"), as well as thick craft glue, fuzzy pom poms, googly eyes, scraps of yarn, and colorful craft feathers. 

Encourage children to start out using markers, drawing a face and fanciful stripes and spots -- then have them finish up by gluing on additional materials.  Let finished projects dry overnight (might take longer depending on type and amount of glue used).   When puppets are dry, have a puppet show!  Note that older children (5th grade and up) might be able to use small low temp glue guns instead of craft glue.


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Duck Themed Crafts


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Egg Carton Tulips

You'll need:  fuzzy, green pipe cleaners, large pony beads, and egg cartons.  Cut the egg carton up to create individual cups, that resemble the shape of a tulip flower.  Poke a hole in the center of each "tulip" and thread a pipe cleaner through the hole -- and through a pony bead.  Wrap end of pipe over pony bead and back through hole.   Then twist or fold end around pipe cleaner stem to tie off.  Alternatively, you can skip the bead and simply secure the craft wire in place with a glue gun.   Now let children paint "tulips" in bright colors.  Show them how to hold the tulip carefully by the stem to get color both inside and out without slopping too much onto stem.   For added effect, sprinkle flower with glitter.

To create a pot like the one shown, stuff a styrofoam ball into the bottom of a small clay pot (both available in the floral department of your craft store).   Poke the bottom of the craft wired into the styrofoam.  Cover with dried moss or green paper shreddies.  We used green paper Easter "grass", crinkled.  Children can decorate the pot.

Make Your Own Streamer Wands

You'll need:  Crepe paper party streamers in bright spring colors, tape, cardboard tube.  First, find yourself a cardboard tube -- an empty toilet paper tube or paper towel tube works fine.  Then cut lengths of party streamer; about 18 inches works well.  Have children select their colors and tape 3-6 streamers on to one end of the tube.  They can decorate the tube with markers and stickers.  (Be sure to write their name on the tube!)  Now play!  If there's no wind, put on some music and dance around with the streamer tubes.


Amazing Seedy Sponge Craft

This craft calls for a natural sponge, a string to hang it with, and some birdseed that will turn the whole thing into a hanging garden.   Tie a string around the sponge and then soak the sponge thoroughly in water.  Remove and let drain; then poke seeds into the little holes and crevices of the sponge.  Hang in sunlight.


Paper Plate May Basket

A cute project that could be done simply or embellished upon.


Tissue Paper Flowers

Large tissue paper blossoms.  Great for May Day, Mother's Day, or Cinco de Mayo.




Here's a great mix of crafts, plus some printable worksheets.


Assorted Spring Crafts from ChildFun

Lots of fun crafts with Spring themes plus songs and snacks.


More May Day Fun & Crafts

Ideas for kids and family.  Preschool activities.


Printable Coloring & Activity Pages




Edible Bird's Nests

You'll need:

  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1, 10oz. bag of mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups of rice cereal (as an alternative use the crispy chow mein crunchy "noodles" that come out of the can)


Melt butter in microwave in large glass mixing bowl.  Remove carefully and stir in marshmallows saucepan over medium heat.   Continue heating in microwave until marshmallows have melted completely (be careful not to overcook).   Carefully stir in cereal or "noodle" crunchies and coat thoroughly. 

When mixture is cool enough to touch, remove small portions to wax paper and shape each into a "nest".    Let cool and add jelly beans into the nest.

For a fun variation, add chocolate chips in with the margarine, then add marshmallows.







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