S.M.A.R.T. Spaces 03/18

Spring has sprung! Or has it? Here in the Midwest, we hold our breath in anticipation of spring during late March and early April. Will the sun shine the whole day? Dare we remove our coat in 40 degree weather? Those of you who survived another winter know exactly what we are talking about. But I have some good news for you. There is a space where the sun can always shine and the signs of spring can be planted and celebrated. 

Make your S.M.A.R.T. Space a Spring Space! It is amazing how much energy and positivity the students have with brightly themed S.M.A.R.T. activities.

On recent visits to Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial and Kasson-Mantorville Elementary, we discovered some fun spring variations. Use them and our idea in Time Saving Tips to create a simple and fun Spring theme. Check out the rainbow Alligator Crawl!

Using PVC pipe to build arches, Mrs. Alicia wrapped crepe paper to create a beautiful rainbow for children to crawl under. Hello fun! See the dimensions Alicia used to accommodate for students ages 4-6 years below.

In Kasson-Mantorville, students were celebrating spring green by slapping cards that prompted them to say “green – grass”. One card was a large green square and the other was a Ziploc bag of green Easter grass that can be found a local dollar store, Walmart, or Target. 

Creeping and crawling are key developmental movements that help to solidify the foundational skills students need for academic success. We loved seeing how each site offered variations to these crucial activities, keeping students engaged in the movement.

PVC pipe archways

To cover your 16 feet of crawling space, we recommend building four arches. An ideal width is about 30” to accommodate for student bodies. An ideal height is about 24”.

You will need:            8 pieces cut 24” for the sides

                                    8 90 degree elbow joint fittings

                                    4 pieces cut 30” for the top

                                    16 pieces cut 6” to create the base held together by

                                    8 t fittings