Let’s Spring Forward Into a New Season!

Hooray, spring is almost here! As the earth moves around the sun, the amount of daylight or darkness we see changes, as do the seasons. Monday, March 20th is the first day of spring, and is marked by the Spring Equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere. The Spring and Fall Equinoxes are the two days of the year where the amount of daytime and nighttime are equal. As springtime begins we see the world transform around us as ice and snow melt, animals come out of hibernation, flowers and trees begin to bloom, and the days get longer.

Celebrate the change of season with crafts and activities for indoors and out, and learn all about the Spring Equinox, what causes the seasons, and how everyone from humans to animals reacts to the warmer weather with curated resources for all ages below.

Then, keep the fun going with Learn Along Bingo sheets full of printable activities and everyday learning ideas for children grades Pre-K to 2!

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Learn About the Season

About the Seasons | Everyday Learning

Grades PreK-K
Happy first day of spring! Studying the weather is a great outdoor learning activity that teaches kids about the changes that come with each season.

Best Children’s Books for Celebrating Spring

Grades PreK-4
Showers, flowers, and books! Celebrate the arrival of spring with these great books for kids.

Baby Season | Untamed

Grades 3-12
Learn about the very busiest time of year for Wildlife Center staff, students, and volunteers — baby season! Spring is a time for new life; many species of wild animals are giving birth or laying eggs and caring for young throughout much of the spring. It’s also the time of year when people are more active. There are a number of misconceptions about young wild animals; learn from the Wildlife Center staff how to best help young animals stay in the wild with their parents. 

%$?# Allergies! | It’s Okay to Be Smart

Grades 6-12
Springtime means the arrival of green grass, bright flowers, and buzzing bees. But for many of us, it’s also about sneezing, watery red eyes, and a runny nose, thanks to allergies. In this video from It’s Okay to Be Smart, you’ll learn why we get allergies, how our immune system turns against us to attack pollen and pets, and why allergies seem to be on the rise in developed nations.

The Equinox Isn’t What You Think It Is | It’s Okay to Be Smart

Grades 9-12
Is the equinox really when day = night, or is that a myth? Learn about this scientific occurrence, and why the equinox (or latin for “equal night”) might actually be more complicated than you thought.

Crafts, Games & Activities

7 Simple Springtime Outdoor Activities

Grades PreK-5
Spring is finally here! After such a long and cold winter, it’s thrilling to feel the wind in your hair and the warm sun on your face. Here are simple ways to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate spring.

Make a Wild Bee Hotel

Grades K-3
Mason bees pollinate many kinds of plants, including peaches, plums, and cherries. Yum! In the wild, they live alone in small holes made by other animals or in other narrow tube-like openings, such as hollow stems. Build your own wild bee hotel to provide an option for wild bees to take shelter!

Park Builder Game

Grades K-5
Help Nature Cat plant seeds and set up decorations to build your own nature park. Learn more about the seasons and different plants in this fun online game!

SciGirls | Season Seeking

Grades 3-8
Observing plants and animals often involves noticing and recording seasonal changes over time. Every species moves through a series of life cycle stages that are related to environmental cues. The study of these life cycle stages is called phenology and the observable stages are called phenophases. This SciGirls activity guides a group through identifying, observing, and recording phenophases nearby.

Why Do We Have Seasons?

Grades 3-12
Explore what causes seasons on Earth in this interactive adapted from NASA materials that features four cities at different latitudes. Use this resource to view how Earth’s axial tilt causes seasons from different perspectives and to develop and use models of sunlight received at Earth’s surface.

Learn Along Bingo

With Learn Along Bingo, children can view, explore, and play as they learn alongside their PBS KIDS friends on the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel. We hope your family will use it to inspire learning each and every day.

This time, we’re celebrating spring! The changing of the seasons is a great time for children to compare and contrast objects and organisms. They learn how to describe similarities and difference in greater detail.

Grades PreK-K

Play & Learn: In this packet, there are printable activities and everyday learning ideas for you and your child to choose from. As you complete each square, mark it off to celebrate the learning!

Grades 1-2

Play & Learn: In this packet, there are printable activities and everyday learning ideas for you and your child to choose from. As you complete each square, mark it off to celebrate the learning!

For even more games and educational resources for young learners, go to the Celebrating Spring Collection on PBS Kids for Parents.