Spring, Kites and Rainbows {playful learning}


In anticipation of some warmer weather, our Playful Learning theme for March is going to be Spring, Kites and Rainbows!

As always, I’ve created a theme poster to be stuck up in Rosalie’s play space, to remind us what our themes are. If you’d like to join in and use it too, simply download the free printable Spring, Kites and Rainbows theme poster* then print it out and stick it up!

spring kites rainbows poster

March’s playful learning activities

This post provides an outline of what we plan to do in March. I’ve included links to resources where appropriate, and to products where I thought it would be useful. I’ll share more details on some of the play set-ups once we’ve done them!

I also just wanted to say that these activities take up only a tiny portion of our time, and that the majority of our days Rosalie spends enjoying free play with her toys, visiting the park, looking at books, ‘helping’ with chores/accompanying me on errands, exploring/walking (either in the garden or around the local area) and watching some television or using the iPad.

Crafts, messy & sensory play

Spring flowers craft – these daffodils look bright, fun and easy for a preschooler to make.

Learning – creativity, fine motor, communication.

Spring sensory tray – a sensory tray with rainbow rice, chicks and flowers. I might introduce a counting element too.

Learning – sensory exploration, fine motor, literacy, communication.

DIY kite – home made kites to play around with in the garden. I found some DIY kite instructions to follow.

Learning – fine motor, gross motor, knowledge and understanding of the world.

Elmer craft – we love the rainbow coloured patchwork elephant, so we’ll be making a colourful Elmer mosaic collage.

Learning – fine motor, creativity.

Kite sun-catcher – these stained glass kite sun-catchers look really pretty and good fun to make.

Learning – creativity, fine motor, imagination.

Rainbow craft – I’ve chosen this paper plate rainbow craft for us to do together – it looks easy enough for Rosalie to have a go at.

Learning – creativity, fine motor, communication.

Painting with nature – searching for natural materials to use as paint brushes and then creating some art.

Learning – creativity, imagination, fine motor, gross motor.

Elmer colouring and activities – I’ve found these Elmer colouring and activity pages from The Reading Agency.

Learning – fine motor, creativity.

Exploring & outdoor fun

Spring I spy scavenger hunt – for March I have created a Spring I spy scavenger hunt which I’m really looking forward to showing Rosalie. If you’d like a copy, simply pop your email address in the sidebar or visit my exclusive content page (you’ll also get the scavenger hunt printables for January and February too!).

Learning – gross motor, sensory exploration, knowledge and understanding of the world.

Gruffalo Explorer Spring Nature Trail – these books are lovely and very well put together, we have done the autumn and winter ones already.

Learning – knowledge and understanding of the world, observation, gross motor.

Kite flying – hopefully we’ll have a few windy days so that we can head up to the common for some proper kite flying fun!

Learning – knowledge and understanding of the world, gross motor.

Bubbles – blowing bubbles is pretty much an every day activity here once the weather is nice enough to be spending our days in the garden. We might try making some bigger wands to see if we can make some really big bubbles!

Learning – knowledge and understanding of the world, gross motor.

Other playful learning ideas

Spring pre-writing activities – my laminated tracing sheets for Rosalie to practice her pre-writing have been well received, so I’ll create a Spring themed one for this month.

Learning – fine motor, communication.

Rainbow Lego – Rosalie has only been into Lego for a few months, but she already loves it, so I thought I’d introduce some themed Lego building to our play. I found this wonderful Lego rainbow which looks great fun.

Learning – creativity, fine motor, spatial awareness.

Rainbow cookies – colourful, decorated biscuits – fun to make, funky to look at and tasty to eat!

Learning – communication, fine motor, sensory exploration, creativity, numeracy.

Books – to fit with our theme: The Nursery Collection: SpringElmer and the Rainbow; The Tiny Seed; Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story.

Learning – language and literacy, communication, confidence.


Rosalie – 37 months


For more Spring inspiration and activity ideas to do with your toddler or preschooler, take a look at my Pinterest board:

Don’t forget to download the free Spring, Kites and Rainbows poster* and stick it up in your playful learning space.

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  • Reply
    Kimmy Burbridge
    February 28, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Jess, what a lovely theme, spring is coming! thanks for some super ideas. I love the Gruffalo book, off to order one now.

    • Reply
      March 1, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Thanks Kimmy! Hope you enjoy some of the ideas with your girls, and have lots of fun doing the Gruffalo nature trail book xx

  • Reply
    March 8, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    I love this time of year and these are some brilliant ideas for activities that I could do with Jasmine. I’ve been meaning to take her kite flying for ages but this has given me the push to actually do it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to see more of your activities on the blog and on your Instagram. xx

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