I’m a big fan of flowers and all things spring so the topic of Spring is a favourite Aistear topic of mine to cover with the children.
Our roleplay is always a flower shop or a garden centre. I have a good selection of fresh flowers for them to roleplay with. These are usually a mixture of reduced flowers I pick up in Tesco etc., cut flowers from my garden and flower donations from parents. We also have potted plants in the roleplay and it is the children’s job to ensure we keep all flowers alive! They also have a selection of seeds and gardening equipment – trowels etc. – to play with.
As well as fresh flowers, the children help to stock the roleplay with tissue flowers which we learn how to make during the first week of the topic. I usually have an art station set up so the children can make flowers to add to the roleplay throughout the topic; this invariably means there are a lot of flowers to bring home to mammies!
To help them get into the spirit of roleplay in the flower shop, we have aprons, wellies and role badges. Local flower shops are usually very kind and will donate gift cards, flower labels, plastic cellophane wrapping and other small bits to help make our flower shop look & feel somewhat like the real thing!
Spring & Life Cycles – Frogs & Butterflies
Spring is also a great time to do life cycles with infants, the most popular of which being the life cycle of a frog and a butterfly!
A water station with a pond for the children to explore the life cycle of a frog makes for a great Aistear station during the topic of Spring. You can purchase the life cycle of a frog from Amazon and simply cut some lily pad shapes from green foam. Easy peasy!
‘Watch’em Grow, Then Let’em Go! from Insect Lore is a superb resource for demonstrating the life cycle of a butterfly right in front of your eyes. The pack arrives with the net and your voucher for your caterpillars. When your caterpillars arrive, you simply attach them to the roof of your ‘garden’ once they form their cocoon and watch them hatch. Once they have hatched you can set them free! The ideas and learning you can derive from this activity are endless!
You can download a full month of Aistear plans for the theme of Spring in our resources store here.