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Spring Fever: Ideas for Teaching Preschool Sunday School This Season

Mar 25, 2008
Spring is a great time-it is a time when the flowers begin to bloom, the weather begins to warm and the opportunities for learning and teaching are endless. Now that spring is approaching, you may need some fresh ideas for your preschool Sunday School class. Here are some ideas for teaching your kids this spring season.

Go on a nature walk

Nature walks are a great way to get out of the class and not only stretch the legs and burn off some energy, but also for learning something new. When the kids get restless, grab the kids and head outdoors. When you take the children on a nature walk, give each one a small paper bag and let them pick up things they find along the way. They may find a pretty rock, a flower petal that has blown off, or even a bright green leaf. Let them collect their treasures to make a nature college back in the classroom. Another possibility is to take along some paper and crayons and let them do bark rubbings or leaf rubbings while out on a walk.

Plant a garden

Every kid loves planting and taking care of a garden. Find seeds that grow easily and start them indoors. Sunflowers, beans and grass seed all grow nicely. Use yogurt cups, egg cartons or pudding cups to start the seeds. Let the kids spoon in the dirt and care for the seeds until they sprout. Send them home or plant them outdoors in the school garden when they grow big enough. This is a fun learning activity and kids never get tired of watching their plants grow with care and a little sun.

Remember the birds

Spring is a time when the kids will start seeing the birds taking flight. Many of these feathered friends will start collecting string and twigs for nest and will look for food. Spring is a perfect time to make bird feeders and set out things for the birds to use. Bird feeders are easy. Make a pinecone bird feeder by spreading peanut butter all over the pinecone and sprinkling birdseed on the peanut butter. You can do the same thing with bagels, or you can spring popcorn and cereal on thread and hang it from a tree. Leave out pieces of string, small strips of fabric and small twigs that the birds can use to build a nest.

Make a kite

Of course no spring would be complete without flying a kite. Your kids will love having a kite day this spring. They can either make their own kite or bring their own and make flying the kites a full day of fun. There are many websites that offer tips and suggestions for building kites with kids.
About the Author
Denise Oliveri has been teaching Sunday School for the past 13 years. She is the owner of Preschool Sunday School Central, a leading online resource for preschool Sunday School teachers.

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