We started with four trees on a page; each tree gets something glued to it:
summer- tear bits of green construction paper, hole punch red paper for apples
fall- tiny brown leaves (I used honey locust) or torn brown paper bag
winter- drizzle school glue all over tree and across the base, the child uses a finger to spread it smooth; sprinkle with table salt.
Their favorite was the winter tree!
You can even listen to Vivaldi's The Four Seasons while making these...
The full lesson is below, with activities and songs.
music: Rain is Falling All Around, Popcorn Popping, Once There Was a Snowman, In the Leafy Treetops
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons CD, CD player
Four Season discovery bottles
Autumn sensory box
4-tree papers (1 per child)
Popcorn kernels, popcorn popper, bowl with lid, spray bottle with water
Green construction paper
Red construction paper and a hole punchSmall colored leaves or yellow/orange paper
Wipes to clean hands
Seasons song: Rain is Falling All Around (leaves are falling, snow is falling, sun is shining, wind is blowing)
Listen to The Four Seasons with eyes closed; what season does it sound like? What do you see? Dance to the music, pretending to be a something in that season: an unfurling leaf, a bird, wind blowing, snow falling...
Four Seasons bottles to pass around
Four seasons artwork: divide a page into 4 sections each has a tree outline? Older ones can write seasons
Get the popcorn popper and kernels ready, sing "Popcorn Popping". Pop the popcorn.
While working on the summer trees, sing In the Leafy Treetops.
Winter: use fingers to spread glue on the branches and below the tree; sprinkle on salt (or could paint with salt water on tree with a black construction paper background) Sing Once there Was a Snowman
Autumn sensory box for when done: a box full of things like a “Can You See?” book- things of different textures and warmth, things to find, things to count, crocheted apples,
Mist the leftover popcorn with the spray bottle, add salt. Put the lid on and shake to coat.
Is including this lesson useful to anyone? Or should I stick with closer-to-homemaking posts?