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“Let’s Talk About Spring” Mystery Can
“Let’s Talk About Spring” Mystery Can
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Children build oral language skills as they answer fun questions about spring!

This engaging activity is appropriate for:
pre-k - 1st grade / 4 - 6 years

You will need:


  1. Draw a title for your mystery can on a sheet of construction paper. Color and decorate it with markers, crayons or colored pencils.
  2. Cut out the title and glue it to the side of your coffee can.
  3. Write the following writing prompts on small paper squares. Fold each one in half and place them all in the can.
  4. To encourage oral language development, ask a student each day (during circle time or your morning meeting) to choose a prompt from the can. Read it out loud and let children respond orally to a partner or to the class.


  • Mother’s Day is in the spring. What are some ways your mom or grandmother is special?
  • In spring, many people plant gardens. What would you like to plant? Why?
  • Many animals have babies in the spring. Have you ever seen a baby animal? What kind?
  • What is the weather like today? Does it seem like spring?
  • In spring, you can have sunny weather, rainy weather or even snow. Which is your favorite? Why?
  • In spring, many animals (like bears) wake up from a long winter’s sleep. What is the biggest animal you’ve ever seen?
  • In spring, there are many colorful birds, butterflies and insects flying around. What colors of birds and butterflies have you seen?
  • There are many windy days in the spring. Have you ever been blown around by the wind? How did it feel?
  • After a spring rain, a rainbow appears in the sky. Have you ever seen a rainbow? What colors did you see?
  • Beautiful flowers bloom in the spring. What kinds of flowers have you seen? What is your favorite?
  • In spring, we put away our winter coats and mittens. What kinds of clothes do you wear in the spring?
  • Baseball starts in the spring. What kind of springtime sports or games do you like to play?
  • In spring, you hear many birds chirping and singing. What is one of your favorite songs to sing?
  • The nice spring weather gives kids a chance to do fun things outside, like play tag, ride bikes or go on a nature walk. What is your favorite thing to do outside?
  • In spring, many people like to fly kites. If you could make your own kite, what would it look like?
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