Don’t miss the FREE Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt printable for younger and older kids at the end of this post.
It’s finally starting to look like spring where I live! Plants are in bloom and baby animals are being born, which means there are plenty of spring science opportunities among us.
If your family enjoys doing unit studies or even if you just want to add some extra science to your homeschool, don’t miss out on all the science activities spring has to offer.
Spring is full of a variety of weather. Depending on where you live, one day might be sunny and warm and the next day there might be snow. Tornadoes, wind, and rain are also big players in spring weather.
Take advantage of the varying weather and do a weather unit study. Here are some ideas you could use for a weather unit study:
- Make a daily weather calendar and track what kind of weather you experience for a couple of weeks or even a month. For younger children they could simply glue a picture representing that kind of weather on the calendar. Older children can take it a step further by charting the high and low temperatures each day.
- Discuss weather safety and practice scenarios.
- Record your children acting like weathermen and giving the weekly forecast.
- Go on a field trip to a local news station.
- Make weather crafts and snacks to add even more fun to your study.
- Read books about various kinds of weather.
Plant a Garden
There are so many skills that are learned from gardening:
- Hard work
- Food preparation
Even if you don’t have the time or space for a full-fledged garden, plant some seeds in a pot and give your children the experience of watching the seeds become plants.
If your family does have time and space for a garden, it’s a wonderful learning opportunity for the whole family. Your older children can research what plants and flowers grow well in your area, while your little ones make garden markers.
Spring is the perfect time for a zoo field trip, because there are usually multiple baby animals to see. Teach your children the proper name for each kind of baby.
Do you know someone that has a farm or a ranch? Most likely they have baby animals too. Ask if they would mind if your family visited their baby animals.
Even just going on a country drive during the spring gives you the opportunity to see multiple baby animals.
There are so many different birds to identify and learn fun facts about. We recently discovered a bird we had never seen before. It’s a beautiful shade of blue, like the birds from fairy tales.
After using our handy bird guide, we discovered it’s called a Mountain Blue Bird. The bird guide also explained what environment they can be found in. We were delighted to find out our new home is the perfect environment to see these beautiful birds regularly.
What kind of birds are common in your area? Spring is a wonderful time to discover new birds, because they are actively flying about preparing their nests and caring for their young. Many birds also migrate in the spring as well.
This Field Guide to the Birds of North America is my family’s go to for bird watching. It’s even in my top 5 favorite science resources. It has come in handy multiple times and fits nicely in a backpack or bag to take with us when we’re outdoors.
Nature walks are wonderful science opportunities throughout the year, but especially during spring. Plants and flowers are blooming, trees are turning green again, and wildlife is becoming active after a long winter.
They’re also a much welcome break in the warm afternoon after working on school in the morning. Plus younger and older kids, both benefit from them.
Scavenger hunts can add even more fun to your nature walks. Try to see who can find the most items on your list or complete it together.
This Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt printable includes a scavenger hunt for little ones and a photo scavenger hunt for your big kids.
I hope you’ve been inspired to take advantage of spring and make some fun memories with your children discovering the science they’re surrounded by this time of year.
Shannan is a wife, mum, and saved by grace child of The King. Her home base is in Scotland, where she homeschools her two kids (ages 12 & 15) and learns on location throughout Europe as much as possible. She is a classical/Charlotte Mason style home educator living out her God-breathed dream of raising her family in Europe. She’s passionate about many things, especially helping others learn on location using the world as their classroom. She encourages you to pursue your God-breathed dream, no matter what it is! You can join her at Captivating Compass for homeschool and family travel inspiration.
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