Seasons theme for preschool: Activities for Exploring the Four Seasons
Four Seasons Math & Literacy Pack
This pack has over 50 pages of math & literacy activities for the four seasons. This four seasons math & literacy packet is created with little learners in mind. So there are lots of colorful pictures and just a few familiar words.
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*Lamination of the whole set is not required only recommended on such sheets as the play dough mat and book covers.
Each activity includes a teacher instruction/suggestion page. Some of the materials, such as the seasons posters, can be used for several activities such as flash cards, write the room and more. You can either print the materials multiple times or use the pieces at different times for the various activities. I did not duplicate the multi-use pages in order to save on file size.
Pages 4-12: Season Play-dough mats with scenery
Pages 13-17: Season Words Play-dough mats with season words
Pages 18-26: Find the season that doesn’t match Clip-Card Strips
Pages 27-30: Find the three matching seasonal pictures/words Clip-Card Circles
Pages 31-35: Four Seasons Flash Cards
Pages 36-37: Match It! A memory game
Pages 38-44: Mini-books in color and black/white
Pages 45-50: Write & Draw the Room
Pages 51-54: Seasons Sorting Mats and pictures
Pages 55-57: 3-Piece Puzzles
Pages 58-68: Additional Printables
I highly recommend printing everything except the mini-books & printables on card stock and/or laminating for durability. For the Match It! game, I recommend printing on card stock or one-sided scrapbooking paper, so that students cannot see through the cards to cheat.
Additional instructions are included on the first page for each activity.
Great for math & literacy centers!
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Our Favorite Books About Seasons:
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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
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Four Seasons In One Day: A cute , colourful, magical children’s book about the seasons for kids ages 2-5 and 6-8Stories of the Seasons: Nature Stories CollectionA Tree for All Seasons (Rise and Shine)Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the YearA Stroll Through the Seasons (Look and Wonder)Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons
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March Preschool Themes – Preschool Inspirations
March preschool themes make it easy to dive into the beauty of springtime and make teaching a breeze! Popular themes like bugs, butterflies, farm, and flowers are perfect for March and are just a small selection from our ultimate list of preschool themes.
March naturally lends itself to learning about beautiful weather and the invitation of spring and sunshine. Several of our March preschool themes focus on teaching children about spring, weather, and living things, such as:
- Bear Theme
- Bugs, Butterflies, and Insects Theme
- Flowers Theme
- Garden Theme
- Spring Theme
But of course, there are other things happening in March, too! We’re including a ton of other themes that you can use year-round, like:
- All About Me Theme
- Colors Theme
- Mindfulness Theme
- Nursery Rhymes Theme
- Seasons Theme
Don’t miss our spring lesson plans! We also have a lot more seasonal theme ideas in our spring themes list.
You could always have the next theme idea at your fingertips! I’ve made a free printable preschool theme list to help with all your planning. Just fill out the form below and I’ll send it straight to your inbox.
All About Me Theme
Children, much like adults, love to talk about themselves! Children can learn about their own features and attributes, as well as their community. Make it easy with:
- All About Me Lesson Plans
- All About Me Activities
- All About Me Books
- All About Me Songs
- Name Writing Practice
- Simple Name Craft
Grab the free All About Me poster below to guide your preschoolers as they share how truly unique they are!
Check out the All About Me Theme for either toddlers or preschoolers in our preschool store or toddler store for lots more ideas!
Preschool is all about becoming more familiar with the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make. A preschool alphabet theme is the perfect reason to read Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom, sing alphabet songs, and do activities like practicing the letters of their name. Don’t forget about the alphabet posters too! We also have them available with ASL signs.
Preschool Teacher 101 has thought of everything so grab this amazing Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom lesson plan!
When do bears wake up from hibernation? That’s a great question to talk about this month!
Kids absolutely adore all things bears…teddy bears, the book Brown Bear, What Do You See?, and bear-themed activities! Bears are found everywhere, so you can use them to incorporate everything from geography to colors to counting, and learn some interesting bear facts along the way. One of our favorite activities is going on a bear hunt!
Our clever friends at Preschool Teacher 101 have a super fun bear-themed lesson plan that’s sure to be a hit.
Bugs, Butterflies, and Insects Theme
We know that kids are fascinated by bugs and insects, but do they know how the two differ? It’s time to break out the magnifying glass and start observing! For more spring time learning, you can use:
- Butterfly Facts for Kids
- Butterfly Sensory Bin
- Butterfly Printables
- Butterfly Alphabet Cards
- Symmetry Activity
- Bug Games
- Bug Dominoes
- DIY Bug Collection
Check out the bugs and butterflies unit lesson plans in our preschool store and toddler store for even more great ideas!
A color theme is one of the best-loved! Help your preschoolers identify and match colors, learn about primary and secondary, and discover color magic when we mix colors! This color sensory bottle is mesmerizing as we watch colors mix to form new colors!
This is a perfect time to mix up a color-changing volcano, too! Giggle along with the crayons in, The Day the Crayons Quit, and learn about how the world is a better place when we have color and joy. Or sing these color songs that children absolutely love!
See our color lesson plans in our store for even more ideas!
With all the books and songs devoted to farm life, this theme is a major hit with young kids! Preschoolers love learning about farm animals, exploring farm equipment, and discovering how crops grow. We’ve got:
- Farm Books
- Farm Songs
- Farm Finger Puppet Printable
- Farm Counting Mats
Infuse farm animals in your math lesson with this farm ten-frame activity. Grab your free copy of the numbers 1-10 below!
Need more activities? We’ve got you covered with farm-themed lesson plans in our preschool store and toddler store.
A flower theme is a perfect tie-in to the magic of spring rain and the beauty of this next season! Learn about different types of flowers and get crafty with this colorful cupcake flower art or paper flower art.
This nature theme is a perfect excuse to go on an outdoor scavenger hunt or to play with flowers in the water table. You can make a flower sensory bottle too!
Looking for more flower ideas? Head to our early childhood store for an entire flower-themed lesson plan.
Gardening is a must-have theme. There is something magical and mesmerizing about planting seeds, adding a little water and sunshine, and watching it grow right before your eyes!
Even if you don’t have a garden or a greenhouse, you can plant seeds in cups or even in windowsills.
Make a rain cloud craft as you talk about how the rain affects the garden. This theme is perfect for teaching about the life cycle, the importance of eating plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables, and the value of connecting with nature.
Dig deep into gardening with this garden theme lesson plan from Preschool Teacher 101.
We love ladybugs! They are a symbol of good luck and are such an interesting insect!
Did you know that ladybugs are both male and female? Brush up on your ladybug facts and grab The Very Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle to get your ladybug theme started! Add in these ladybug counting bags for extra numeracy practice.
Searching for more ladybug ideas? Check out Preschool Teacher 101 and their amazing ladybug themed lesson plan!
Mindfulness is perfect to add to your March themes preschool themes – it’s is a great way to help little ones learn strategies to calm, manage energy levels, and relax when they find themselves wound up. This is the perfect theme for introducing yoga, and the easiest way is with our FREE animal yoga pack!
Helping children learn to be more calm, intentional, and aware of their moods is a great transition to emotions and self-care. This is a perfect theme for introducing yoga, whether through yoga books or kid yoga videos. It’s also perfect to use brain breaks to promote gross motor movement and mental clarity! Plus, they can even be used outdoors.
If you’ve already got the FREE animal yoga pack and still want more, you can grab these yoga cards in our store!
Nursery Rhymes Theme
Learning through Nursery Rhymes and rhymes is a tried and true classic with young children. We’ve gathered up some of the best nursery rhyme songs for you! These rhyming stories are also perfect for this theme.
Nursery rhymes are a great way to encourage reading as well as other literacy elements. Using nursery rhymes offers opportunities to learn rhyming, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and musical benefits!
Sing these rhyming songs or use the felt board story rhymes. Take it one step further with this nursery rhyme sorting activity!
Pond Life Theme
What is so special about the pond? This unique place houses all kinds of animals, insects, fish, birds, and even amphibians! Throw in some engaging felt stories like Blue Goose and 5 Little Ducks to tie into your pond learning.
For even more pond ideas, head over to Preschool Teacher 101 for their pond theme lesson plan.
Ah, the beauty of Spring! We love it so much we have an entire list of Spring Preschool Themes. Or try some of these fun Spring activities:
- Spring Lesson Plans
- Spring Songs
- Spring Counting Mats
- Pine Cone Bird Feeders
- Spring Torn Paper Flowers
- Spring Cupcake Liner Flower Craft
- Spring Discovery Bottle
- Spring Slime
- Glass Gem Suncatchers
- Rain Cloud Suncatcher Crafts
For even more spring activities, take a look at our spring lesson plans in our preschool store and toddler store.
St. Patrick’s Day Theme
St. Patrick’s day is such a fun holiday and one that kids adore! Why not make ooey, gooey leprechaun slime? So much fun and a great sensory opportunity! If you’re looking to infuse some science learning, consider these rainbow science activities! Fill a rainbow discovery bottle, sing rainbow songs, and get colorful with marble art!
Grab some colored stickers for an easy rainbow name activity. This theme just got a lot more fun!
Snatch up more St. Patrick’s Day or rainbow activities in the lesson plans from Preschool Teacher 101.
Seasons are such a relatable topic for children, especially if you are lucky enough to live in an area with all four seasons! Kids experience the changing temperatures and weather and understand how that can impact their daily life and play. Plan a hands-on craft or art project from each season: winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Or grab even more ideas in our season lesson plans.
Where do plants come from? Well, a seed of course! Children love to plant seeds and watch in amazement as they go from seed to sprout to full plant. The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle is a fantastic read!
For some awesome learning activities and ideas, check out these seed lesson plans from Preschool Teacher 101.
Pine, oak, maple… no matter the tree type, they are fascinating and beautiful. They are home to so many animals and insects and provide us with so much! This theme is full of endless learning… how we use trees to make paper and furniture, as well as, the importance of trees for the air we breathe.
Our friends at Preschool Teacher 101 have even more learning ideas in their tree theme lesson plan.
Kids love gross, icky, and slimy things… what icky, slimy creature can you think of? Worms of course! Albeit worms are kind of “yucky” they do a lot for the land and are super interesting!
Check out this worm lesson plan over at Preschool Teacher 101 for all kinds of ideas!
We certainly hope these March preschool themes help you save time and give you some great learning ideas. For even more themes and ideas, visit The Ultimate List of Preschool Themes.
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Didactic game “Seasons”: purpose and objectives
Didactic game “Seasons” is used as a teaching, developing, educational element in all types of kindergarten classes: individual and group, entertaining and cognitive, communicative and research. Children of 3-7 years old play, each age group has its own version of the lesson, more complex or simplified.
Didactic game “Seasons”
The middle group plays, preschoolers 4-5 years old.
The purpose of the didactic game “Seasons” is the formation and consolidation of knowledge about the successive change of seasons, instilling respect for nature.
The lesson helps preschoolers:
- memorize the seasons of the year and the sequence of their alternation;
- correctly identify visual seasonal signs;
- consolidate ideas about the features of 4 calendar times;
- develop observation, visual memory, ability to concentrate, speech skills;
- cultivate love in nature, caring attitude towards its objects;
- see natural beauty in all seasons.
For the game, you need to prepare 4 illustrations depicting the same landscape in different seasons, cut out cards with depicted signs, objects and phenomena of each season.
Children sort pictures of seasonal landscapes. The teacher shows the cards one by one, and the pupils choose images corresponding to the selected illustrations of the seasons, name what is shown, explain the choice. The winner is the first player to select the correct cards without errors.
For the older group, the game can be made more difficult.
To make it more difficult, the teacher himself lays out the cards according to the pictures of landscapes, but incorrectly. The task of the children is to move the cards to the appropriate seasons.
Game “4 seasons and 12 months”
Kindergarteners 3-4 years old play, that is, the younger group.
Objectives of the game:
- teach the relationship of calendar times with a certain palette;
- to develop mathematical skills – the ability to count up to 4 and 12, divide geometric shapes into equal parts, sequentially name the months;
- to develop memory, the ability to concentrate and think logically.
For the lesson, you need to make a circle, divide it into 4 equal parts, color each part with the color corresponding to the season: blue – winter, green – spring, yellow – summer, red – autumn. Children must guess which season each part of the circle belongs to, tell why this color was chosen.
For the middle age group, the task is complicated, each season of the circle is divided into 3 months.
“Seasons” for older preschoolers
For preschoolers, a game can be played using computer technology. The teacher needs to prepare slides depicting pictures-answers to questions and riddles. From the presented pictures, children must choose the correct ones, click on them with a computer mouse.
The goal of the game is to form ideas about seasonal changes in nature and develop cognitive abilities through the use of computer technology.
Tasks of the didactic game “Seasons”:
- formation of ideas about the world around, about the relationship of the change of seasons with wildlife and humans;
- consolidation of knowledge about the signs of spring, summer, autumn, winter;
- consolidation of knowledge about deciduous trees, hibernating animals, migratory birds;
- formation of the ability to answer questions, guess riddles, speak competently and consistently;
- increase in cognitive activity;
- development of speech skills, increase in vocabulary;
- development of memory, perception of hearing and vision, motor skills of fingers, the ability to concentrate, think logically.
The first group of slides deals with autumn. The teacher makes a riddle, the children guess what season is depicted. Next, the teacher asks questions: by what signs did the pupils determine autumn, what color are the leaves on the trees, what clothes are the people in the picture, why are they dressed like that. The next slide shows autumn leaves, the children should name which tree they came off from.
The second group of slides deals with winter, the children guess the riddle, tell by what signs they determined winter, how people are dressed. On the second slide, from the presented animals, those that hibernate are selected. On the third of the presented pictures, they choose the correct answers to riddles about a snowflake, a snowman, snowfall, frost, hoarfrost, icicles.
Next, preschoolers look at spring, guess the riddle, explain the choice of picture, tell how people are dressed. On the second slide, migratory birds are chosen among the depicted birds. On the third of the presented images, answers to riddles about snowdrops, the sun, grass, streams, drops, rooks are chosen.
Next, the children look at the summer, give the answer to the riddle, explain the choice of the picture, explain why people are lightly dressed in it. On the second slide, the number of butterflies is counted in forward and reverse order. On the third, edible mushrooms are selected from the presented ones.
At the end of the game, the teacher asks the children to draw their favorite season. | Card file on the topic:
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Didactic game “Seasons”
for the didactic game “Seasons”
The didactic game “Seasons” has a developing, educational and educational value. It can be used in almost any type of children’s activity: play, communication, cognitive research, as an element in getting to know works of art. This game is perfect for individual, subgroup and frontal work with preschoolers.
Didactic game is designed to work with children from 3 to 7 years old in educational activities on the formation of elementary mathematical concepts, the formation of a holistic picture of the world, the development of speech, familiarization with fiction, as well as the organization of regime moments. Each age group has its own version of the game.
The manual was developed taking into account modern pedagogical technologies that contribute to the revitalization of the activities of preschoolers, individualization of education, upbringing of children and is addressed to educators of preschool institutions implementing the program “From Birth to School” in practice (edited by N.E. Veraksa, T.S. Komarova, M.A. Vasilyeva).
Multifunctional didactic game. It is a circle with split pictures and a cycle of tasks for working with pupils.
All materials used to make this manual are safe.
The purpose of the didactic game “Seasons” is:
– the formation of preschool children’s ideas about the world around them – about dividing the year into four seasons, each of which, in turn, is divided into three months;
– development of skills to distinguish months by natural phenomena, signs, characteristic features of people’s activities, clothing;
– activation of children’s attention, development of all components of oral speech, memory, thinking, emotions;
– education of a conscious and correct attitude to nature.
Description of the game for children “Seasons”
Option 1. Game “When does it happen?”
- Consolidate knowledge about natural phenomena.
- Form ideas about the seasons, about the months.
- Development of attention, visual perception.
Task: Cheer up pictures and objects corresponding to a certain season.
Rules: recall the characteristic features of a given season.
Help each other during the game.
Material: as an option,
At home, you can take a round disk, or cut it out of cardboard or drawing paper, divide it into four parts. Decorate or cover each part with a fabric that corresponds in color to the season (white – winter; green – spring, pink or red – summer, and yellow or orange – autumn). Such a disk will symbolize “All year round”. On each part, you need to glue several series of pictures with the appropriate theme (changes in nature, animals and birds, people working on the ground, children having fun).
To assimilate the material and make the developing game “Seasons of the Year” more interesting, you can use verses and riddles:
Already the snow is melting, streams are running,
It blew in the window in spring …
Nightingales will whistle soon,
property ! (A. Pleshcheev)
I bring the harvest,
I sow the fields again,
I send birds to the south,
I undress the trees.
But I don’t touch the pines
And the Christmas trees. I … (Autumn).
Above me, above you
A bag of water flew by,
Ran into a distant forest,
Lost and disappeared. (Cloud)
I have a lot of things to do –
I am a white blanket
I cover the whole earth,
I clean the ice of the river,
I whiten fields, houses,
My name is … (Winter).
Harvest in August
Much joy for people
After all the hard work.
Sun over spacious
And sunflower seeds
are filled with black. (S. Marshak)
Option. Place several inappropriate pictures in different sectors and invite the children to arrange them correctly.
Option. Arrange a competition: some children arrange, while others determine the correct choice.
Option. Make two identical tasks and have two groups of children complete it at speed, with a sweet prize for the winners and a consolation prize for the losers.
A variant of the game for children from 3 to 5 years old.
On the main circle, children look at pictures and relate them to a certain season.
Game version for children from 5 to 7 years old.
Parts denoting months are added to the main circle. Children identify the month in different ways.
Option 2. The game “12 months”
- Learn to correlate each season with a certain color.
- To promote the formation of mathematical representations: counting from 1 to 4, from 1 to 12; the ability to break figures into several parts and make whole figures from their parts; the ability to name the sequence of months in a year.
- Develop logical thinking, attention, memory.
Option for children from 3 to 4 years old.
Four parts are laid out on the main circle. Children associate each part with a certain color to the time of year. During the game, the score is fixed from 1 to 4 and the sequence of the seasons.
Option for children from 4 to 5 years old.
Months are added to the seasons in a certain sequence. During the game, ideas are formed that the year is divided into four seasons – three months, and the score is fixed from 1 to 12.
Option 3. The game “All the year round”
- Teach children to name the seasons.
- Develop coherent speech, develop the ability to compose a descriptive story; the ability to hear each other.
- Activate and enrich the vocabulary.
- Develop imagination, fantasy, thinking.
Game version for children from 3 to 5 years old.
Parts with images of months are laid out on the main circle. Children name the type of activity of children and clothes according to the season.
A variant of the game for children from 5 to 7 years old.
Children take cards with months on which a sign is written, each child needs to make up a story on a card and remember the sign. Also offer to name words that begin with the first letter in the name of the month.
For example: March – “M” – milk, soap, etc.
You can use a variant of the game exercise “Correct the mistake.”
Option 4. Physical minute “Seasons”.
- Teach children to perform movements in accordance with the specified scheme.
- To form motor activity.
- Develop dexterity, attentiveness.
Option 5. Game “Draw a picture”
- Learn to create a story based on a fragment of a picture; teach to use various methods of visual activity
- Develop a sense of color, fantasy, imagination, thinking.
Wenger L.A. Education of sensory culture from birth to 6 years. – M .