It’s so great to be able to go outside and enjoy the warm sunshine and temps after a chilly winter! Nature is so vibrant and full of life this time of year, so it’s easy to find lots of ways to explore and learn about the great outdoors. Here are some of our favorite Spring nature study ideas that don’t require a lot of planning or effort.
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Spring Nature Study Ideas
Spring is a wonderful time of year to explore the great outdoors with your family. As the days get longer, the temperatures start to rise, and the flowers start to bloom, it is the perfect time to enjoy nature.
There are so many ways to get outside and explore during the spring months, from wildflower hikes to bird watching and more. Whether you’re looking for a one-time activity or an ongoing nature study, there are plenty of ways to make the most of the season.
Flower Nature Study
It is a delightful sight to behold when the flowers start to bloom, signifying the end of winter and the beginning of Spring. Kids of all ages love to marvel at the beauty of spring blooms, and discovering the many different types of bulbs that come up, such as tulips and daffodils, could make for an enjoyable springtime activity with your kids!
Birds are a truly amazing thing to study any time of year! During our spring bird study, we focused on nests, eggs, and the birds that come back home after migrating.
Garden Nature Study
As the weather starts to get warmer, it’s the perfect time to start a garden! I always find myself discovering something new about gardening every year and it’s a great opportunity for kids to learn too.
Gardening can be a fun and educational experience – it can be as basic as learning about how plants grow, or you can explore more in-depth topics!
Plus, it’s a great way to introduce them to new foods to try. Kids are more likely to try new foods if they have had a hand in growing them.
Dandelions are not the weeds that many people think they are. They are one of the first flowers to appear in the spring, so they are important for pollinators like bees. You could add a dandelion study to a larger flower study, or just observe them in a dandelion nature study on their own.
Last year we made dandelion honey together.
Bee Nature Study
Isn’t it fascinating how important bees are to our food supply? What a great idea to make them the topic of your spring nature study! And it’s so easy to make it even more interesting by combining a bee study with gardening, flowers, butterflies, or dandelions. It’s a great way to explore nature this spring!
Frog Nature Study
With this being the time frogs lay their eggs, spring is a fun chance to see a complete frog life cycle from the beginning. A frog nature study makes a great addition to a pond study too.
Butterfly Nature Study
Butterflies are not only incredibly beautiful, but they are also essential pollinators of our plants. What a great opportunity to show your kids the miracle of nature – how some creatures change over the course of their life cycle! A butterfly study is a perfect way to explore and appreciate this transformation.