Our first week of science had us talking about the seasons, but when it comes to science…I like to do a little more than just talk and read about it. I want my son to get all up and in it. I want him to make first hand observations. I want him to be curious and discover new things.
So, instead of just talking about the seasons I decided that we will observe a tree in our yard over the course of the year. (A very common science activity.) To make it even more fun for my little artist, he will be painting a tree for every season. Since he is in kindergarten, I’ve made it a bit easier for him by using this season craft.
This is a quick simple activity that doesn’t require a lot of prep work. All you need is some tempera paint, a brown maker and a q-tip for each paint color.
The first thing we did was look at our tree outside the window. We talked about the leaves and how some leaves looked darker green than others. We talk about how you could see the trunk and branches in some parts and other parts were covered with leaves. We even looked at the grass around our tree.
After our discussion, my son color in the trunk of our summer tree with a brown marker. This allowed us to add leaves right away, instead of waiting for the paint to dry. Then he use the q-tips to add leaves. We did two shades of green.
My son really enjoyed the activity and at the end of the year I’m going to turn it into a little book.
How do you teach your kiddo about the seasons?
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