As the seasons change, you may need spring ideas for preschool children to put on a bulletin board. Creating a bright spring bulletin board can be both a learning experience and a creative endeavor for preschool children. A colorful bulletin board is a wonderful decoration, and possibly learning tool, that lights up any room.
Here Comes Spring!
Spring starts every year in March at the vernal equinox, when hours of sunlight and darkness are equal. It is a time of renewal, when the cold and dull days of winter give way to new life, such as flowers and baby birds. Spring also brings interesting weather changes and patterns that provide terrific learning experiences for young minds, as well as the return of Daylight Savings Time and the Easter holiday. With all of these themes, it is easy to come up with spring ideas for preschool children to put on a bulletin board.
Spring Ideas for Preschool Children to Put on a Bulletin Board
Spring bulletin boards can be works of art, or they can explore concepts and themes. Each item on the bulletin board can also be a child's art project, giving them spring-themed projects to keep them busy creating new crafts or pictures each day.
Spring brings tumultuous weather and big changes that come with stronger sunlight and days that grow longer. It may be interesting for children to observe the weather in the springtime and note what they see on a large calendar. To create a weather calendar:
- Draw a calendar for each month on a large poster board.
- Tack the monthly calendars to the bulletin board.
- Put small strips of Velcro in each square.
- Using construction paper, create several icons for different types of weather, such as a sunshine, clouds, rain, wind, thunder, hail, and tornados.
- Place Velcro strips on the back of the weather icons.
- Each day, have the children look outside and observe the weather, and then place the appropriate icon on that day's date.
Coffee Filter Butterflies
Coffee filters make bright, colorful, three-dimensional butterflies that you can tack to a bulletin board.
You will need:
- Round coffee filters
- Watercolor paints
- Black chenille pipe cleaners, cut in half
- Lay the coffee filters on newspaper, and allow the children to paint them using watercolor paints. As they paint, the water colors will spread in the filter, creating beautiful designs.
- Allow the filters to dry completely.
- Fold 1/2 of a pipe cleaner in half
- Squeeze together the center of the painted coffee filter and wrap with the pipe cleaner, bending the ends into antennae.
Turn your entire bulletin board into a dazzling spring garden. Gather a variety of things you might see in a garden, such as flowers, rocks, snails, ladybugs and butterflies from a variety of sources including:
- Inexpensive silk flowers
- Greeting card fronts
- Garden magazines
- Seed packets
To make the garden:
- Cut a large piece of dark brown (dirt colored) paper that will cover the entire bulletin board.
- Allow the children to select images and paste them wherever they like in the garden until most of it is well covered with images.
- Staple the garden to the bulletin board.
Create a book full of spring images with a bunny-face cover.
You will need:
- Two paper plates
- Several sheets of paper, cut in circles slightly smaller than the paper plate
- White and pink construction paper
- Colored markers
- Stapler and staples
- Have children draw Easter or spring images on each piece of paper using crayons.
- Cut two rabbit ear shapes out of the white construction paper, and two smaller ear shapes out of the pink paper. Glue the pink ears onto the white, and allow it to dry.
- Meanwhile, help children draw bunny faces on the bottom of a paper plate in the smooth, round part.
- Paste the ears to the top of the other paper plate.
- Put the paper plates together with the top of the plate facing the interior of the book. In the center, place the child's drawings.
- Staple the plate and papers together along the left edge using two staples.
- When the book is closed, the book will resemble a rabbit's face.
- If you'd like, help the children write a simple story on the pages that complements their drawings.
Additional Themes for Spring Bulletin Boards
These are just a few ideas for spring bulletin boards. Other themes that you might enjoy include:
- Baby animals
- Outdoor activities
As the world wakes up from winter, children will enjoy a variety of spring activities, including creating a beautiful bulletin board that shows what is going on outside their windows.