Teaching Kids About Seasons, Seasonal Activities and Crafts for Children - FamilyEducation

Seasons

Celebrate the changing of the seasons all year long. Find educational activities, fun projects and crafts, and quizzes on the four seasons and the wonder of nature.

10 Apple-Themed Crafts and Activities

Cool, crisp autumn weather just screams apple season, doesn't it? Get your kids in the mood for fall with these apple-themed crafts, activities, and recipes. read more

10 Free Things to Do This Summer

Staying busy and having fun this summer doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, it doesn't have to cost you anything. The next time you find your family going stir-crazy from summer boredom, get out of the house with one of these free summertime activities. read more

11 Fun Summer Camp Crafts & Activities to Try at Home

Kids don't have to go to an expensive camp to have a blast this summer! Bust summer boredom with these classic camp-inspired activities and crafts you can do at home with your kids. Find both indoor and outdoor activities for groups and individuals. read more

11 Survival Tips for Summer Boredom

All year long you look forward to summer. So why do you feel like you might lose your mind when school is out and you're at home with the kids – all day, every day? Here are some fun and affordable cures for your family's summertime, stuck-at-home blues. If your kids spend the day with a nanny or sitter, pass along these activities and tips for surviving until September. read more

12 Pumpkin Activities and Crafts for Kids

Pumpkins and gourds are perfect for fall fun and games with the kids. Find the best pumpkin activities, crafts, printables, and recipes to enjoy with your children this Halloween season. Explore everything from new jack-o'-lantern patterns to the top pumpkin party games to entertain toddlers up to teens this autumn. read more

9 Free Things to Do This Spring

A family-friendly outing in your town doesn't have to cost a pretty penny. Most towns and cities offer tons of free activities— the trick is knowing where to look. Check out this list of springtime activity ideas that will get your kids out of the house, but won't cost you a dime. read more

9 Snow-Themed Crafts and Activities

Does your child have the winter blues? Bust his cabin-fever by having a little fun with snow. Create some wintry crafts and make some goodies that incorporate that fluffy white stuff we all love this time of year. read more

A Spring Storybook

A Spring StorybookTime: An hour or more Type of activity: Reading and writing, arts and crafts Celebrate the coming of spring by telling a story about the season! read more

A Summer Day

Have your child write a short story about a picnic during the summer. read more

A Summer Friend

Here are some summer math problems to keep your child busy this summer. read more

Autumn Craft Activities

Celebrate the seasonal change to autumn by creating these fun and colorful crafts with your little one. read more

Autumn Leaves Scrapbook

Autumn Leaves ScrapbookAge: Preschool and upTime: An afternoon Type of activity: Nature Arts and Crafts Spend a fall afternoon outside getting fresh air and leaves for this project! read more

Beach Cast

Beach Cast Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Pie tin or other small container Small shovel Wet sand Seashells, driftwood, and other medium-sized beach items Plaster of paris Water This is a wonderful way for your child to preserve memories. Beach casts also make great gifts. read more

Beach Obstacle Course

Beach Obstacle Course Activity for an individual child or group Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Small plastic beach shovel A stick All you need is a shovel and a stick to create a fun beach activity for your child. read more

Beach Towels

Beach Towels Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Fabric paints in a variety of colors Pie tins (one for each color) Sponges Scissors Large light-colored towel Here is a chance to let your child show his creativity and create something that he will enjoy using. read more

Boredom Buster

Boredom BusterTime 15 to 30 minutes Materials Shoe box with little toys, cookies, etc. Directions Keep this surprise box off-limits until it is needed so that the contents remain new and interesting. Rotate and change the contents from time to time. Extensions Keep boredom boxes in the car, by the phone, or near your shower.Color the box to personalize it for your child. read more

Build a Rock Garden

Build a Rock GardenMaterials read more

Bull's-Eye

Bull's-EyeTime 15 to 20 minutes Materials Variety of hand-sized spongesBucket of waterChalk Directions Draw a target on outdoor pavement.Soak the sponges in the bucket of water and toss them into the center of the target. Extensions Play until the bull's-eye is erased.Draw the target on a wall for a different throwing experience.Alternate turns for 2 throws, letting the child keep track of who is up next. read more

Button, Button

Button, ButtonMaterials Snow Snowballs Colored buttonDirections read more

City Birdbath

City BirdbathMaterials Wooden window box Flower seed or plants: zinnia, verbena, marigolds Potting soil Plastic container small enough to fit in the window box Directions If you live in the city or you want to see birds at your window, try a window box with a bird bath as the main attraction. read more

Daylight-Saving Time

Are you ready for daylight-saving time? Spring ahead to our challenging quiz. read more

Dog Days of Summer Quiz

The hottest, most humid six weeks of the year, starting in July, are called the "dog days of summer." Do you have any idea where the phrase came from? read more

Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Fact Sheet

The fact sheet can be used by children as a reference source and the accompanying follow-up homework activity will help them to master the facts. read more

Egg Carton Ducklings

Egg Carton DucklingsSpring has sprung, and so have the baby ducklings. Have some fun hatching your own! read more

Events of the Winter Olympic Games

Ice hockey, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, figure skating, and speed skating are five events that have appeared at every Winter Olympic Games since they were first held in 1924. Here's a look at those thrilling events and some other fan favorites to watch out for. read more

Fact or Opinion

Have your child take this fact or opinion fun quiz on the summer. read more

Fall Family Fun

Fall Family FunFor kids especially, autumn is a magical season for outdoor activities for families: great weather, colorful leaves, and family-oriented festivals galore. Don't miss out! Get your kids outside and into the autumn groove, starting with this roundup of sites, attractions, and escapes across America. Find out what's happening in your area, or plan a weekend getaway: Hike, bike, and balloon to view the best foliage. . read more

Fall Fun To-Do List

Celebrate the cooler weather with this printable checklist of fun fall activities. Print it out to hang on your fridge, and check each one off as you go along! read more

Fall Sponge Paintings

Fall Sponge PaintingsAn Imagination Station Activity Age: Preschool through elementaryTime: 30 minutes Type of activity: Seasonal arts-and-crafts read more