We read the book The Thing About Spring recently. It was part of a conversation about what is spring with my six-year-old.
She said, “mom it is finally spring.”
I said but the seasons started in March.
She told me no it is like when the snow turned to water in the book for rabbit, then spring was there.
I told her to explain to me what spring was.
She told me she would paint me what it when spring is here.
I pulled out the watercolors she wanted and told me to take pictures. I ask why and she told me this is like an activity mom. I said sure okay I can do that. Everyone thinks of spring different ways. That is what she told me.
She told me that her oldest sister thinks of spring with the calendar says it is spring. She told me that her other sister thinks of spring when there is no snow and she can go out more without a coat.
What we used for this activity: watercolors, water, and paper.
These are the items she asked me to get out for her painting.
Since this was her project I asked what would be first. She said mom “You just take pictures and I’ll paint”.
I sat by as she did her art project. I watched and she decided what was important about spring. She would tell me every now and then to take a picture if she thought I was not taking enough. She would tell me about parts of her painting as she painted.
We talked about spring and the many changes it brings while she painted. She finished and told me Spring is here when the flowers come up.
This ended up being a great open ended project that she got to talk and write about what spring was to her.
She said that kids like to make their own projects and people should know it is okay to show other people that we do fun projects. We do a lot of open-ended projects at our house which, don’t every get blogged about. But are tons of fun.
A child lead project can teach you many things. It is a fun way for them to express themselves in what they know and are learning. Plus it gives you time to talk about what they might be learning as well.
Check out these other spring activities:
Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com