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Spring is the season of renewal and growth. Signs of spring in nature include the blooming of flowers such as crocuses, daffodils, and tulips. Trees begin to bud and new leaves emerge, providing a fresh, green canopy. Birds return from migration and fill the air with their songs. Bees and butterflies can be seen pollinating and gathering nectar. The days become longer and warmer, melting away snow and ice, and creating muddy puddles for children to jump in. Spring is a time of transformation and wonderment in the natural world.
How to use this resource
Gather nonfiction children’s books about spring for children to explore.
Use these natural materials to kick start a group conversation about different signs of spring the children have observed outdoors already.
Gather nature objects like flower blooms and fresh leaves to use along with the cards for your nature corner.
I always keep in mind that learning needs can be different in multi-age classrooms. Hence this printable contains a poster and matching cards you can use with younger children for matching.
Older children can be invited to make My Book of Signs of Spring in Nature. Color cards can be printed twice for a memory game or for 3-part card activity. They also will be a lovely addition to your Nature Table display.
Signs of Spring in Nature
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Exploring Spring - Children's Books and Learning Resources
Books in this series introduce emergent readers to the four seasons. In Spring, children are taken on a tour of things they can see in spring including typical spring activities and new life and growth in the natural world.
by Kirsten Hall (Author), Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)
Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this timely, clever, and breathtakingly gorgeous picture book from critically acclaimed author Kirsten Hall and award-winning illustrator Isabelle Arsenault.
by Jean Taft (Author), Matt Hunt (Illustrator)
Join in the rainy-day fun, as kids splash through the puddles, affecting another weather enthusiast, a nearby worm. An imaginative and playful story, readers will love seeing the worm delight in the weather just as much as the kids.
by Lois Ehlert (Author, Illustrator)
In this perennial classic with sturdy board book pages by Caldecott Honor–winning author Lois Ehlert, little ones learn the colors of the rainbow as they watch a plants grow in a beautifully vibrant garden.
by Rebecca McDonald (Author), James McDonald (Author)
After the cold of Winter, comes the warmth of Spring. “I Am Spring” takes young children on a journey through the many important events that occur uniquely in the beautiful growing season of Spring. When the day becomes longer than the night, and the leaves begin to sprout on the bare branches, and bugs and animals that were hiding start to reappear, get ready, because that means Spring is here!
by Brandon Walden (Author), Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell (Illustrator)
Words are powerful. They can hurt or they can heal. It's time to tell a special tale that will warm the hearts of readers of all ages. Seeds and Trees revels in the power of words. It explores their effects on feelings and emotions. And it does so through the journey of two different seeds.
by Charles Ghigna (Author), Agnieszka Malgorzata Jatkowska (Illustrator)
Celebrate the season of spring with raindrops, robins, bluebells, and butterflies! In Charles Ghigna’s I See Spring, colorful illustrations are matched with rhyming, easy-to-read text that explores rain falling, flowers blooming, and other springtime wonders.
by Cheryl Johnson (Author, Illustrator)
Discover the birds that live all around us! Kids love learning about nature, and birds are a very important and amazing part of it! They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They live in trees, bushes, and skies of your town, park, and even your own backyard. With the help of this beautiful book your child will learn:
Award-winning bird photographer Doris Dumrauf introduces young readers to 20 birds frequently found in North American back yards, including: American Goldfinch, Tufted Titmouse, Northern Cardinal, and many others. Her vivid photographs depict birds in their natural habitat and typical backyard settings. The entertaining narrative highlights the simple steps required to attract birds to your yard.
by Andrea Pinnington (Author), Caz Buckingham (Author)
Being able to identify a bird's song is a skill that brings joy and fosters an appreciation of nature. Learning how to differentiate between the songs of a house finch and a goldfinch, however, is not easy.
by Editors of Storey Publishing (Author), Oana Befort (Illustrator)
The third book in the Backpack Explorer series from the Editors of Storey Publishing invites budding naturalists to head outside for a walk — in the woods, a park, or right in their backyard — to spot feathered friends. Backpack Explorer: Bird Watch leads kids aged 4 and up through the basics of birding, from identifying common birds to learning about habitat and migration and listening for bird songs.
by Kermit Cummings (Author), Holly Weinstein (Illustrator)
This friendly little book employs clever, yet educational, rhymes, stunning photographs, and whimsical illustrations to awaken your child’s interest in the avian world. Written by a veteran birder, the focus is on easy-to-see, readily available bird species, so that parents and children alike will feel encouraged to create backyard adventures of their very own! Now, A Backyard Birding Adventure is even more exciting and educational!
A fun, informative take-along guide that will help children identify 15 birds. Kid will also learn how and where birds build their homes and all about their young. Plus the guide features activities that are fun and easy to do. There's also a seven-page scrapbook for drawings and notes.
by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes (Author, Illustrator)
From the eastern bluebird and blue jay to the scarlet tanager and northern cardinal, little ones will discover the natural world and learn the names and colors of Phyllis Limbacher Tildes’s exquisitely illustrated birds in their natural habitats. The color word appears large and bold, and each bird is labeled by name, as are ﬂowers, fruits, and foliage. Each bird is color coded and has a name and gender for children to easily identify.