One good way of using topics to plan your work is to plan topics that help reflect the changing of the seasons. Are you looking for some good topics to explore with children in Spring? Here are some ideas:
- Baby animals.
- Spring life cycles.
Some slightly different ideas:
- Gardening. Spring is a fantastic time to plant seeds and explore gardening with children.
- Frogs. World Frog Day is on the 20th of March
- Weather. Spring is a time of very changeable weather so is a good time to explore a weather themed topic with children
- Spring flowers.
- How about some nursery rhymes that tie in nicely with a Spring topic, like ‘5 Speckled Frogs’ ‘Mary had a little lamb,’ ‘Little Bo Peep’ or ‘5 Little Ducks.’
- Watch me grow. As children watch other things like baby animals or flowers growing they may also become interested in how they grow.
- Bees. World Bee Day is on the 20th of May
- On the Farm.
Diversity themes to explore in Spring
- St David’s Day 1st of March
- May Day
- St Partick’s Day 17th of March
- Mother’s Day
- St George’s Day. The patron saint of England has a special day on the 23rd of April
Some more unusual (but fun) themes to explore in Spring
- Washing. Spring cleaning anyone? Children can have lots of fun with soapy bubbles washing toys and themselves! A good topic to help enforce good hygiene practices in your children.
- Earth Day
- World Laughter Day (3rd May)
- Turtles. World Turtle Day on the 23rd of May
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