Grade Levels: PreK through Grade 3
- PreK 3-5 yrs (preschool)
- 5-6 yrs (kindergarten)
- 6-8 yrs (primary)
Description: Learn about the Spring Equinox from the online version of the Farmer’s Almanac. Listen to the author of the book, And Then It’s Spring by Julia Fogliano. Discuss how this book relates to what actually happens during the Spring Equinox. Then, make a craft!
Spring has sprung!
After a grueling year filled with fear and uncertainty due to COVID 19, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. While the first day of Spring was marked March 20, 2021, it has taken a little while for the flowers to bloom after a colder winter; at least in the northern hemisphere. However, depending on where you live, will depend on your Spring weather! So, what makes this change happen you may ask and how do we explain this to our children? If you were to ask my grandfather, he would swear up and down on the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Don’t panic though, you don’t need to go buy a book. There is an online version to help us explain,; The Spring Equinox . In this edition of The Old Farmers Almanac, you will learn what the word “Equinox” actually translates to, the folklore behind it, and ancient traditions that we still carry out to this day.
What tools and materials do I need?
- Computer & internet connection to listen to read-aloud story
- Rocks, Paint, Paint brushes or Painting utensils (get creative! e.g., Q-tips, Cotton Balls, items lying around your house that can act as a paint brush)
What should I do?
- Click on The Spring Equinox to find out more from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
- Listen to the book and then it’s spring by Julie Folgliano and illustrated by Erin Stead.
- Discuss the season using questions.
- What happens in Spring?
- Why do we call it Spring?
- What can we do in the Spring?
- Make a craft! I associate Spring with having fun outdoors; gardening, and watching things come back to life. For this craft: grab some rocks, paint, paint brushes or painting utensils (get creative! e.g., Q-tips, Cotton Balls, items lying around your house that can act as a paint brush).
Craft: Flower Painted Rocks
Grab any old rock lying around and paint it however you would like! Once dry, leave them around your house as a paperweight or around your community to help bring it to life- just like the flowers in Spring!
It takes a reminder that flowers only bloom because of the rain and the sun. Let’s hope the rain of COVID 19 is over and we can get back to blossoming. Happy Spring!
Credit: ConnectionSpot.org on 04/9/2021