To do: Find books dedicated to spring to read as a family.
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: Spring themed books, trip to the library or local bookstore
Children love the changing of the seasons. They begin to notice the days lengthening in spring, the leaves changing in fall, and of course the dog days of summer are a favorite time to be outdoors for hours on end.
One way to celebrate the changing seasons as a family is incorporating more themed books into your reading repertoire. Head to the library or bookstore this week and find a few spring related books!
Here are our book recommendations plus activities to go along with them:
“Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons” by Jon J Much
The panda, Koo, shares 26 haiku poems about the seasons. Read along to see how he experiences spring, summer, fall, and winter!
Koo is busy in this book with different activities according to each season. Whatever season is ahead where you live, speak with your child about the activities that you’d like to copy from Koo! Do you want to sweep leaves, or smell the flowers? Act “just like Koo” for a day.
“When Green Becomes Tomatoes” by Julie Fogliano
Beth Wood describes this book as “A beautiful collection of poems for children about the seasons. This one has become a new favourite in our household.” Read Beth’s other Spring book recommendations here.
Take inspiration from the beautiful illustrations found in “When Green Becomes Tomatoes to create your own illustrated dairy of seasonal changes. Head outdoors with paper and crayons/markers/paints. Pick an object or feeling of spring to illustrate, like new leaves, the wind, or green grass. Write a date on your artwork to remember the changes the natural world was going through when you created it! Keep a journal all season long.
“Water is Water” by Miranda Paul
Activity: Revisit the water cycle from Day 1 of this Activity Series with this delightful book from Miranda Paul. Beautiful illustrations accompany a family as they discover every stage of the water cycle. You can too!
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