Signs of spring scavenger hunt for kids
Teach your kids about the seasons with this fun and educational science learning activity!
As the cold days of winter give way to warmer temperatures, it’s a great time to get outside and learn about the changing seasons.
You may also be interested in Ways to Celebrate the Spring Equinox.
When the northern hemisphere welcomes the spring, the southern hemisphere welcomes the fall. If you live in the southern hemisphere check out Search for Signs of Autumn or Ways to Celebrate the Fall Autumnal Equinox.
Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt for Kids
Searching for signs of Spring is a fun and educational science learning activity to do with kids. My daughter and I like to point out the signs we see, hear, smell, and feel like it’s a scavenger hunt on our daily walks.
For us, this is not a scavenger hunt we do in a day… it is a scavenger hunt that lasts all spring. Towards the end of the season is when we begin to search for signs of summer.
This activity is a fun way to study nature and the changing seasons. Searching for the signs of the next season’s arrival has become a game that we like to play when the seasons begin to change.
When my daughter was younger I would point out all of the signs of spring that we would see on our daily walks. Now that she is a bit older, I ask her what she notices first. Most of the time I don’t even have to ask.
Today, she squeals with excitement when she sees the first buds and blooms appearing, screams with delight when she hears the geese migrating, and on and on it goes. I rarely get the chance to point anything out anymore!
Below I have provided a list of some of the common signs that spring is approaching. There are many more signs than I have listed here. Different areas can have different signs based on where you live.
Please feel free to add anything that I’ve missed in the comments below. I’d love to hear all about the signs that you are noticing appearing around YOU.
You may also be interested in Celebrate the Spring Solstice.
Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt for Kids
Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt: Weather and Sun
- The temperatures slowly begin to warm.
- The air begins to feel warmer even at night and in the early morning hours.
- The air begins to smell fresh and new.
- The angle of the sun in the sky changes.
- The light of day begins to brighten – the strength and quality of light changes.
- The days get noticeably longer as the nights get shorter.
- Snow melts.
- Spring showers and rainbows may appear.
Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt: Plants
- Flower bulbs spring up from the earth; daffodil, iris, crocus, etc.
- Dandelions and other weeds begin to sprout.
- Leaf and flower buds begin to appear on once bare winter branches.
- Spring colors can be seen as plants and flowers come back to life.
- The lawn needs to be mowed more often.
Search for Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt: Animals and Insects
- Our pets begin to shed and lose their winter coats.
- Songbirds can be heard singing their melodies.
- Birds begin their migration north (geese, ducks, swallows, hawks, cranes, etc.)
- Woodpeckers can be heard knocking.
- Worms begin to appear from the earth.
- Invertebrates such as butterflies and ladybugs begin to appear.
- Mosquitos can be found buzzing around.
- Mammals that hibernate for the winter such as bears and hedgehogs can be found coming out of their dens in search of food after a long winter’s rest.
Search for Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt: Other Random Signs
- More people can be seen outdoors.
- Spring decor begins to appear
- Stores sell flowers and seeds to plant.
- Saint Patricks Day and Eater Decorations can be found.
- People dress in less clothing.
- Garden catalogs start showing up in the mail.
- Neighbors plant flowers and start their gardens.
- You can hear your neighbors mowing the lawn.
- BBQ season begins.
- Baseball and soccer season starts.
Searching for signs of Spring is a fun and educational activity to do with kids. I’m sure you are beginning to see a lot more signs that the spring is near than I have listed above.
So tell me… what signs of spring have you noticed?
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