Kids are curious and observant by nature, and they'll eventually wonder why it doesn't snow in the summer or why it's warm only part of the year. It's important for parents to teach your kids about seasons.
For some kids, the shift from one season to another is difficult to understand. However, learning about seasons is a fantastic way to introduce scientific concepts while also having fun. Learning about the four seasons can, and should be, fun for all kids!
Let's look at ways that you can teach your kids about seasons.
7 Ways to Teach Your Kids about Seasons
1. Keep a Nature Journal
Once a week or so, go outside with your kids and draw what you see. Your child focuses on things that they see in person, such as the leaves on a tree, a new bird they spotted, plants, and other things that might depict the season.
Another option is to focus on one deciduous tree in your backyard or nearby. Once a month, have your child sketch a drawing of what they see. Then, in a year, they'll have recorded all four seasons in one tree!
2. Connect Fashion with Seasons
What you wear is directly affected by the current weather, so this is a natural thing to discuss with your kids.
Talk about what you wear in each season. If it's raining outside in the springtime, what should you wear? Your kids might say jeans, a rain jacket, rain boots, or a long-sleeve shirt. For summer, your kids might suggest wearing shorts and a t-shirt with sandals!
Talk about how the temperature changes with each season and that will change what you wear. You don't want to wear clothes that won't keep you warm in the winter or clothes that make you too hot in the summer!
3. Read Books about the Seasons
You wouldn't believe how many great books there are for little kids about the seasons. I suggest that you read a few of these books with your kids.
- Watching the Seasons by Edana Eckart
- A Tree for All Seasons by Robin Bernard
- Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro
- The Reasons for Seasons by Gail Gibbons
- Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Dr. Franklyn M. Branley
4. Draw Pictures Representing the Season
Looking for a simple activity to help teach seasons? Using a poster board of the seasons, talk about something that represents each season.
Spring can be represented by tulips, bunnies, or little chicks. Summer might be a full tree, flowers, or a swimming pool. Most people depict fall with fall leaves, and winter and snow go hand in hand together.
Have your child draw a picture that represents each season. It's a simple yet effective activity!
5. Cut Pictures from Magazines and Chart
Here is a fun idea for kids!
Grab a large poster board from the store and divide it into four columns - Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.
Then, grab a few magazines. Ask friends and family for magazines that they finished reading that your kids can cut up. Now, have your child go through the magazines, looking for pictures to go under each season.
When he finds a picture, he can cut it out and glue it under the appropriate season.
6. Take Seasonal Nature Walks
Nature walks are always a good idea for kids! Seasonal nature walks are four times a year, and you need to learn for signs of the upcoming seasonal change.
For example, if spring is nearing, you might look for buds on trees or the first flower popping out of the ground. If fall is coming closer, look for leaves that are starting to turn colors!
It's important that kids document their findings in their nature journal. It helps them see the gradual change that takes place between each season; it doesn't change in a single day.
7. Keep a Weather Tracker
Keeping track of the weather lets your child see the differences, assuming that you live somewhere that has all four seasons. Keep something close-by to remind your kids of all four seasons, such as a placemat of all the seasons.
All you need is a calendar that you can dedicate to keeping track of the weather. Each day, write the temperature and draw the weather for that day. Your child can come up with symbols to represent all of the weather patterns. A sun can represent a sunny day, a snowflake can be a snowy day, etc.
Then, each day, you should talk about what kind of weather you see and what season you are in currently. You might also discuss the upcoming weather changes they might notice as the season gets closer to changing.