HOPPING into April with some engaging and interactive activities that are perfect for Spring! I’ve rounded up a couple of my favorite picture book activities, math centers and fluency crafts that are my go-to’s each April for my kindergarten kiddos.
Read Aloud Activities and Crafts
Give me all the Spring read alouds and matching activities! I’m talking bugs, bunnies and all the critters in between. If you’re looking for MORE Spring read alouds for your K-1 kiddos, check out this blog post of 21 different titles perfect for the season.
Norman the Slug with a Silly Shell by Sue Hendra has been a classroom favorite with my kindergarten kiddos for years! The story line and illustrations are hilarious. My kiddos have always enjoyed making predictions during the story and decorating their Norman craft after we read. You can grab this activity here.
If you’re looking for a cute bunny text that’s not about Easter, I’m a fan of Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson. It’s funny, has a great message, and has a lot of educational punch packed in! This read aloud lesson kit covers character traits to retelling to a connection writing craft. You can learn more about it here.
If you didn’t know already, I love a good read aloud retell and this one pairs with The Good Egg by Jory John. This activity is great for hands-on sequencing and following up with a meaningful story craft. Wanna know more about my retelling activities? Check out this blog post about some of the goodies that are included in each kit.
Math Center Games
I’m all about a mini eraser and low-prep center moment, so I’ve rounded out my entire year with these month/seasonal math mats. Whether you’re looking for Spring or Easter themes during April, these hands-on mats will engage your kindergarten students in core addition and subtraction practice! My students have always LOVED using mini erasers in our math centers but any classroom counter works nicely with these mats. *Tap the Pink Links to Check out these Resources*
Comparison language comes back into play when we address distance during our non-standard measurement unit! With this Dinosaur Distance freebie, your students can practice identifying a given number by “hatching an egg”, counting out the corresponding number of tracks on the mat and comparing the distance. Click here to grab the freebie
When I think of April, I instantly think of eggs and rain… so to put a spin on those classics, why not hatch a dinosaur egg or have a rainy day dog rockin’ a raincoat! Crafts are such a fun and easy way to update and maintain classroom or bulletin board displays. I’ve also always loved decorating the kiddos lockers with a colorful craft to show off our learning. Not only they crafts cute, but these crafts promote fluency practice, sharpen fine motor skills and make fun independent practice tasks. *tap the pink links to check out this resource*