But it is also just nice to do favorite seasonal artwork.
- Ideas for the Seasons: SUMMER
- Ideas for the Seasons: AUTUMN
- Ideas for the Seasons: WINTER
- Ideas for the Seasons: SPRING
This year I am doing one with Zac and he is 5, so he's on the younger side. Not every project needs to be crazy elaborate or messy. Here is my plan:
white swirls decorative paper from CM
background to Paint Chip Christmas Trees
white circles on blue decorative paper from CM
background to The Snowy Day artwork & little red construction paper figure
red swirls decorative paper from CM
background to Folded Heart Mouse with a pink yarn tail
drawing of bird nest
with die-cut feather embellishments
collage with construction paper bushes attached at bottom only so you can fold them back and "hunt" for the Easter egg stickers behind
birthday stickers for Zac's 6th birthday!
butterfly stickers and flower embellishments
City Skyline with construction paper and fireworks drawn in the night sky
raindrop stickers and umbrella embellishments
Chalk Stenciled Pumpkins
Shaving Cream Marbled Leaves
winter tree / snowflake decorative paper from CM
background to a lovely vellum quote
We have had so many craft supplies donated to us; we are really fortunate! Of course, at his age I will do all of the writing of letters and numbers.
Lots of blank scrapbooking calendars will give you 13 or 14 pages in case you make a mistake. I like to use one for December of the current year, so the gift recipient can hang it on their wall right away, and then I cut out the extra page if there is one. I know that for adults having an extra page is helpful and reassuring, but for children it just ends up being disorienting.
If you are doing this in the classroom you also needs lot of calendars for the upcoming year so that you can set up several stations for the month name / day name / number writing. It is hard when a bunch of kids are trying to crowd around one calendar to see what day of the week July begins on.
In Third Grade, even if you never do it before or after, this activity is particularly helpful for the block on Time and goes nicely after the Old Testament block where you tell the story of the Babylonian Captivity. It's fun to sneak in a little bit about Ancient Babylon (like mud bricks and cuneiform) and their contributions to Clocks & Calendars cannot be overlooked.
The Story of Clocks and Calendars
by Betsy Maestro
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