Simple Ideas for Spring Nature Study

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Spring Mud Kitchen

Spring is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited! The sun is shining, the back doors are wide open, and the birds are singing. I love studying nature with my children year-round–there is so much to experience and learn in every season. Here are some simple ideas from our Spring Nature Study Collection to get you outside and learning.

Raise tadpoles.

Go on a hunt for tadpoles in a slow-moving or stagnant body of water like a pond or creek. Use a dipping net to collect them and keep them in a large plastic tub in the water you found them in. Keep them in a shady spot outside, away from direct sunlight. Change the water out periodically with more of the pond water or rainwater. Observe them each day and journal about what you see as the tadpoles develop into frogs!

Strawberry Picking

Go strawberry picking.

If you live somewhere where you can visit a strawberry farm and pick your own berries, this is so fun and a great learning experience. Learn about the growing process before or after you go!

Learn about life cycles.

There are many life cycles to learn about in the Spring, but our favorites are frogs, butterflies, and birds. Find some books on the subject and read and journal about what you have learned. If you want to see the change up close, consider ordering a butterfly kit and raising some butterflies! I’ve included Life Cycle display sheets for frogs, butterflies, and robins in our Spring Nature Study Collection.

Go on a “Signs of Spring” hunt.

Discuss the various signs of Spring such as budding flowers and bird songs, and then go on a nature walk to observe which ones you can see and hear. I like to bring these Signs of Spring Hunt and Spring with my Senses printables on clipboards for our nature walk.

Do a seed study.

Try gathering some seeds from outside and then learning more about them by determining what kind they are, dissecting them, and drawing them. This would also be the perfect time to plant some seeds together and observe them as they grow. I love the book A Seed is Sleepy to learn all about various kinds of seeds.

Identify and dissect flowers.

Grab a bouquet of wildflowers and use a flower ID book or online source to identify them. Then, have some fun using tweezers to dissect them and learn the flower parts. You could even use the petals for a craft like a flower crown or this flower petal suncatcher

Peanut Butter Bird Feeder

Make a backyard bird feeder.

There are tons of ways to make a backyard birdfeeder, but we like to use peanut butter on pinecones and then pack the birdseed around it. We hang it from some twine and watch our feathered friends enjoy. Try watching the bird feeder each day for a week and making a tally chart of which types of birds you see on each day of a week. I love the book Birds, Nests, and Eggs to learn about all types of birds!

Make your own wormery worm home

Make a wormery.

We did this last year and it was so easy and fun. We got some worms from a bait shop, but you could easily just dig some up. We followed a tutorial like this and created a big wormery. The kids loved observing them each day and journaling about what they saw. 

All of these ideas and more are listed in the Spring Bucket List included in the Spring Nature Study Collection in the shop.

What am I missing? What are your favorite ways to celebrate and study Spring with your kids? I would love to hear!