The Colors of Spring


The Colors of Spring

Overall aims:

  • Staying in the nature;
  • Finding natural tools to achieve the activities’ goals;
  • Interiorize the importance of recycling;
  • Get in tune with nature;
  • Knowing the animals that usually “love” the Spring;
  • Respect the animals;
  • Investigate how animals usually behave;
  • Make observations and predictions;
  • Make and taste hypotheses;
  • Interiorize the importance of teamwork;
  • Develop the value of patience.

Intended learning outcomes:

The child will be able to:

  • Practice the ability to mentalize with animals;
  • Know what animals usually “re-born” during Spring;
  • Become more patient;
  • Interiorize and become more able to recycle;
  • Respect others, the animals, and the nature;
  • Develop senses;
  • Engage with nature;
  • Act like a little scientist (make predictions, hypotheses, observations).


Initial – ask children what they already know about Spring and the differences between Spring and the other seasons;
Formative – develop and use an observational template to assess the engagement of children during the activities;
Final – ask children to explain what they have understood about Spring (with the aid of paintings and collages).

Pathway structure:

The path is composed of 3 activities in total. A period of one week is foreseen to complete the entire learning pathway.

Stage I – Welcome back, Spring!

The first activity lets children “socialize” with Spring, know the differences between Spring and the other seasons, and engage with Spring discovering its restorativeness effects.

  • Welcome back, Spring!– Getting to know the characteristics of spring, meditating, increasing awareness of one’s emotions

Stage II – The return of migratory birds

The second activity consists in building a small house for birds, providing them some food, and meeting them in a way that might be sustainable for birds (e.g., birds usually fly away when people come near).

  • The return of migratory birds – Investigating how migratory birds act, building a little bird house, taking care of birds (giving them birdseed)

Stage III – The biodiversity in the garden

The third activity consists in observing, as a little scientist, what animals the footprints of the animals that frequent the school garden.

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