Family Time Calendar: Color Me Spring

As winter turns to spring, nature begins to come to life, bringing wonderful new colors to the outdoor landscape. Help young children build an appreciation of the shift from winter to spring seasons (as if getting to play outdoors more and more weren't enough!) and learn their colors with our collage of winter and spring colors.

What you'll need:
Construction paper
A rainbow assortment of tissue paper and or magazines (or you could just use crayons and markers)
Glue

What you'll do:
Talk to your kids about the colors of wintertime. What do they remember? If they're young, you can jog their memory with thoughts of snow or bare trees or brown grass. Then ask them about the new colors they see appearing around them in the springtime. What color are crocuses and daffodils? New leaves and fresh shoots?

Divide a piece of paper in half and mark one side "Winter" and the other "Spring." Ask them to paste colors relevant to those seasons under each heading. They can make winter- and spring-colored rainbows if they're too young for cutting things out. Or have them look through pieces of scrap paper or a magazine to find colors, and ask them what season they belong to. Then cut them out and let the kids have the pleasure of gluing them on paper.

If you have older children, divide their papers in two as well, but have them draw a winter scene, and then draw the same scene, only in springtime, to show how different it all looks.

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