Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Learning about Seasons

With the extreme weather patterns that seem to be hitting all over the country from frigid cold to major droughts it got me thinking about seasons.  In addition to that their are days when it's cold outside and my 3.5 year old will ask if we can go swimming in her pool.  When I try and explain that it's winter and too cold for swimming she doesn't seem to understand and insists that it's ok!!

In an effort to try and teach my daughter about the 4 seasons I came up with an activity that I hope will help her understand a little bit better.  Here's how it works:

I used toilet paper rolls and wrapped them with pictures I printed from the internet.  These pictures were of something that represented the season.  For example, a sun for summer and a snowman for winter.  I also printed different pictures of things that would go along with the seasons.  Again for example, a picture of a beach for summer or a pumpkin for Autumn.  I cut those into circles and glued them to the tips of popsicle sticks.  I had plain and colored popsicle sticks but I chose to use the colored ones just to add some color.   Actually, I tried to use popsicle stick colors that went along with the season; red for winter, purple for spring, yellow for summer and orange for autumn.

Here's what I started with:

Here's how it looked after I glued the paper onto the rolls and popsicle sticks:

Then I randomly placed the popsicle sticks on the table and Tiffany had to pick one and place it into the correct season.

She really enjoyed the activity!

Before, during and after the activity we talked about our 4 seasons.  She had a genuine interest and I am confident the more we do this activity and others like it she will have a clearer understanding of what each season is about.

Here are some other close up shots:
(pictures I used to go along with the season winter were mittens, snowflake, sled, Santa Claus and icicles.)

(pictures I used to go along with the season summer were the beach, a pool, bathing suit and amusement park)


Whatever your weather might be may you enjoy what Mother Nature brings!!

Susen












28 comments:

  1. Such a cute and fun way to work on seasons. Lovely idea!

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  2. Such a cute activity! We're doing lots of seasons activities too!

    Wishing you a lovely day!
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! Wishing you the same :)

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  3. Such a simple but great idea, I will have to try this out myself!
    Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday Tutorials Pin Party :)

    anna (intheplayroom)

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    1. Baba - Thank you! The funny thing is that after we did this activity I would read a book to my daughter or see something on television that would be about seasons....further reinforcement! I hope you have as much fun with it as we did!!

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    2. Sorry, just saw your name Anna! I replied as Baba to you - sorry about that!!

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  4. What a fun way to learn about them. I have done the typical tree in four seasons craft, but this looks more fun. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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    1. Thanks Carrie! My daughter did have fun with it. She still goes to the activity and makes believe that whatever/whoever is on the popsicle stick is lost and wants to find their 'home' (the correct season, of course!) Thanks again!

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  5. Such a great idea! Thank you for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! You were featured as one of my favorites this week!

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    1. Thank you Victoria, I am thrilled that you liked it and picked it as one of your favorites!!! Thank you for hosting!

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  6. Very cute idea for seasons! Thank you for sharing, Susen.

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  7. This is a fun way to learn about the seasons. I have featured this on The Sunday Showcase: http://www.herecomethegirlsblog.com/2014/02/23/prepare-for-school.html

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  8. Nice work. Super cute illustrations and hands-on fun!

    Renae

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  9. This is a really cute idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. This looks like a lot of fun. I LOVE toilet paper roll crafts! This one is really great. Thanks for linking up with the MaMade Blog Hop!

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  11. This is quite a creative concept. I see that it also gives the children hands on teaching also.

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  12. I'm happy I found this. I have been talking about the weather again with my preschooler and this is going to be a great activity for her.

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    1. Natasha, this was such a fun activity. We've kept this in our busy bag and my daughter goes back to it quite often. My daughter was confused with seasons and this helped tremendously. Pairing it with a book about seasons would be great too! Thanks for commenting!

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