The weather has been so changeable for us here in Northern Ireland this month! The children have been tracking the weather daily with a chart from The Wise Owl Factory (It’s the Free March Sudoku and Graphing). In addition, they have also been going out on nature walks and looking for the signs of spring.
Growing up Spring was my least-favourite season due to allergies and hayfever to the Nth degree. How ever since moving overseas and away from the offending pollens, I have begun to really enjoy spring! And my children like it too!
Even though many things stay green here year-round, spring is still full of new growth and promise. There are always new things to explore. It’s interesting to hunt out the spring flora and fauna, just to make sure that the world is right.
Spring is a good time for children to learn about life-cycles and in the past they’ve seen a calf born, and they’ve raised some frog spawn from a friend’s pond through the stages of tadpoles and froglets into froghood. We’ll be watching the frog life-cycle again this year. We were out last week checking on our little green friends.
This year I thought it would be fun for the children to not just go for a walk around the village, but to be more intentional and observant with their surroundings. To help them do this, I’ve created a Signs of Spring chart that they can put in a plastic cover and take with them. They can use a dry-erase marker to check off the things that they see.
To make things more interesting, and because they love graphing so much, I also created a Signs of Spring Graph for them. Each time they spot one of the items they can put an ‘X’ in the corresponding box.
The children can have a friendly competition between them to see who can be the first to fill a column, or we can set a time or a distance at which point we can stop and count what they’ve seen the most of, and the least of.
Tristan and Kallista noticed many more signs this week than last and they’re asking for another chart and graph! I will have to see what we can do about that.
But in the meantime…
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I hope that your children enjoy this activity as much as mine have! Let us know how it goes in the comments below.
If there are any signs of spring you’d like to see included in our next version, please let me know.