What Makes a Green Tree go Pink?
On a sunny day in March, I took a nature walk in our locality. The little one noticed that the tree outside our apartment building was beginning to turn pink. Small pink flowers have sprung up and have given the otherwise green tree, a pink glow. While we walked, we observed other changes in the trees around us. And she had questions about why the trees were changing at this time of the year. I realized that this was a good time to introduce the concept of seasons. When we came home, I quickly browsed through the book cupboard and picked out story books related to seasons.
First we read The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree, a short story about a boy Arnold and his apple tree. Through the story, children observe how the Apple Tree changes throughout the year and how Arnold comes up with new play activities for each season. Then, we drew four empty blocks on a sheet of paper, one for each season (spring, summer, fall and winter). In each block we drew a picture of how the tree looks at that time of the year. Finally, we drew another picture of the apple tree and named its basic parts (roots, trunk, branch, leaf and fruits).
Then, we read another book, Spring Is Here!, a cute story about a Mole and a Bear. The story takes us through the Mole’s journey of discovering that spring has arrived, and his efforts to wake up his friend Bear. The book has wonderful illustrations and sound words that make it a complete entertaining read for children.
The little one now has some understanding of seasons and spring is her favorite season (as of now). Do your little ones know about seasons?
Check out these fun titles that introduce the science behind seasons.
- Tell Me a Season by Mary McKenna Siddals
- The Reasons for Seasons by Gail Gibbons
- Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn M. Branley
Posted on March 2, 2013, in Fun with Science, Seasons and tagged introducing seasons to children, spring is here, stories about seasons, the season of Aronld's apple tree, what makes seasons. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.