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These Spring Stinks activities are perfect for pairing with this adorable story by Ryan T. Higgins.
As you begin preparing your spring books and activities, be sure to include a reading of Spring Stinks. Kids will thoroughly enjoy following a grumpy Bruce as he joins Ruth the bunny on an adventure to “smell the smelly smells of spring”.
These print-and-go worksheets are perfect for kids in preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary grades. They pair nicely with this spring story about animals, spring, and more.
These free printables require no preparation making them perfect for classroom and homeschool use.
This 20-page printable is designed for use with preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary students, but it can be used with slightly older students who are looking for an activity to pair with this story.
Spring Stinks Book
As spring rolls around, many teachers and homeschool mommas teach about flowers, bees, and bunnies. If this is you, you should add Spring Stinks by Ryan T. Higgins to your lessons.
The story follows an adorable grumpy bear, Bruce, and a overly excited rabbit, Ruth, on a spring adventure. Each of them feels that spring stinks, but they have a different view of “stinks”.
It’s a simple story, but there are so many fun lessons you can pull from it to teach your little ones.
spring stinks read aloud
If you don’t have a copy of the book in your home or classroom library, you can show this Spring Stinks read-aloud video for your students before beginning the activities in this pack.
Spring Stinks Activities
Science: There are quite a few spring science themes you can pull from this sweet story. First, talk about seasons. What makes spring different from other seasons?
Talk about the animals featured in the book. Learn about bears, rabbits, and moose.
Teach about the bees and honey. Read a nonfiction book about bees and how they make honey.
It’s also a great time to learn about flowers. Teach about the life cycle of flowers or different types of flowers.
Emotions: On the cover of the book, it’s obvious that Bruce the Bear is grump about spring while Ruth the Bunny is excited. This is perfect for sparking a conversation about emotions with your students.
Five Senses: Teach kids about the five senses. In this story, there are many objects/items your kids can sort into the five senses categories. Draw a chart and have your child list things like smell wet moose, hear buzzing bee, taste honey, feel tree bark, and see bear and bunny.
Parts of Speech: This story is great for exploring parts of speech. Each page features short sentences that are great for picking out nouns, verbs, and adjectives. You could even teach proper and common nouns since a few of the characters are named.
Spring Stinks Book Buddy
Students ages 4-7 will love diving into this story. These print and go worksheets will help you extend the learning.
Story elements: Children will write or draw to complete a Spring Stinks story map.
Story sequencing: Write or draw the story sequencing chart.
Parts of speech: Read words and use the color code to identify each word’s part of speech – nouns, verbs, and adjectives.
Writing prompts: Write about your favorite part of the story and your favorite part of spring.
Color and trace: Color a picture of Bruce and Ruth and trace the words at the bottom of the page.
Handwriting: Practice tracing B’s and R’s and color the picture at the bottom of each page.
Syllables: Read story-related words and mark how many syllables each word has.
ABC order: Write story-related words in alphabetical order.