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When the seasons change, so should your activities for your students. Seasonal activities for elementary students are an excellent way to celebrate the seasons and a fun way to change around your schooltime schedule. Here are some great seasonal activities for elementary students.
Wintertime seasonal activities for elementary students:
Seasonal activities for elementary students do not have to revolve solely around the changing holidays. Although, there are many great holidays in winter that you can create projects for – Christmas, Hanukah, Martin Luther King Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day… You should, by all means come up with some great activities for elementary students that incorporate these holidays, but you should also have plain old wintertime seasonal activities for elementary students.
You can have students cut out basic snowflakes and then cover them with glitter and hang them from your ceiling. You could teach your students how to knit a scarf – and then you could give the scarves to a charity. You can build snowmen out of marshmallows, have “snowball” fights with cotton balls, and so much more!
These seasonal activities can extend beyond arts and crafts. For instance, you can go out and get some snow and ice and put salt on it and compare it to snow and ice without salt – you can talk about how salt changes the temperature at which ice melts. You can teach students what birds and other animals do when winter comes. You can even go out and try to find animal prints in fresh snow. You can have students write poems about what snow feels like (and they can not use the word cold) or stories about their first experiences with snow. Be creative. There are lots of wintertime seasonal activities for elementary students out there.
Springtime seasonal activities for elementary students:
Springtime seasonal activities for elementary students should focus on the return of life. You can teach your students how to make paper flowers. You can plant bean seeds or grass seeds, etc. and watch them grow. You can show your students videos of birds making nests or take a field trip to a student’s house with a bird’s nest. You can keep an egg in an incubator and wait for it to hatch.
Teach your students about what happens to the snow as it melts and also how to conserve water. Tell your students about recycling and not wasting as much paper.
Summertime seasonal activities for elementary students:
Most students are not in school over the summer, but that does not mean that you cannot have some fun summertime seasonal activities for elementary students. As it gets really hot outside, you can take your students out and have a water gun fight, then you can connect it to propulsion (of the water through the gun) or evaporation.
Any chance you get, you should play outside. You can take your kids on an “ugh” hike – students are in pairs, and whenever one of the students sees a piece of trash and says “ugh,” the partner has to pick it up. Teach your kids not to litter. Be as creative as you want to be. Make flower presses so that your students can go out and find some great leaves and flowers and dry them, and then use them for stationary or bookmarks, etc. Have your students capture insects, put them in the freezer until they are dead, and then pin them down to cardboard – teach your students about insects.
Autumnal seasonal activities for elementary students:
There are plenty of fun Halloween and Thanksgiving activities for elementary students, but there are also lots of fun Autumn ones. You can have students go out and find their favorite autumn leaves of all different colors and Mod Podge them to cardboard or a picture frame. You can also cut Fall leaves out of paper, have your students write an autumn poem on them, and then tie them all to a string to hang around your classroom.
You can talk about deciduous and coniferous trees. You can talk about what happens when the leaves fall and turn into soil and when animals die and turn into soil, etc. There are a plethora of possible autumnal seasonal activities for elementary students (as well as many winter, spring, and summer activities, as well… many more than can be listed. Just be creative. Even ask your students for ideas). – by Sammi Ross
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