Free Delivery across NZ, Australia & USA | envelopes from $13nzd

Seasonal Learning Through Play - Guest Blog

Seasonal Learning Through Play - Guest Blog

by Sarah-Rose Bowles April 11, 2022

The seasons provide such an abundance of learning opportunities for young children. At my kindergarten we embrace each season with enthusiasm and welcome the change with open arms. Exploring the seasons helps children to understand the worlds natural order and rhythm, it also provides so many fun experiences for you to enjoy together.

As Earth's Climate Changes, Is It Time to Redefine the Four Seasons? |  HowStuffWorks

In early childhood there are so many ways you can explore the seasons through play. It doesn’t need to be “Pinterest” or “Instagram” worthy activities either. 

It can be as simple as going outside and exploring your local neighbourhood or your own backyard. Look at the leaves in Autumn, the flowers and new growth in the spring. Summer always brings so many flowers and insects and in the winter there are many wonderful opportunities to explore rain and even ice if it gets cold enough.

Children Playing in Autumn Leaves... Vintage illustration | Autumn  illustration, Autumn art, Vintage illustration

One of my favourite ways to learn about the seasons is to celebrate each one by reading books about them and collecting nature treasures to match. 

In the summer my son and I collect cicada skins and seeds for the next year and in the autumn we dry herbs and leaves. The winter brings frosts and even ice to our garden but also intresting sticks as they blow from the trees. Then the spring returns and we see our new bulbs pop up and collect the spring flowers to press and use for art. These are simple tasks but they are fun learning moments that you can share and bring together exploration, nature and the natural rhythm of life as it unfolds.

Digital Stamp Design: Children Playing Illustration Images Transfers Vintage  Toys Gardening Artwork

Exploring the seasons through play is one of my favourite parts of being a teacher. It offers endless fun and discoveries to be had.

Here’s a few of my favourite seasonal play ideas to get you started:

Winter: Freeze interesting items you find outside in an ice cube tray with a little water then let your children explore them with a jug of warm water. 

Summer: Try collecting and drying seeds from summer fruits, flowers or vegetables. 

You can use them for collages or to grow new plants from.

Autumn: Go on a hunt for leaves! See how many different types and colours you can find. Use the leaves to paint with or string them up in your home as a beautiful seasonal decoration. 

Spring: Press your favourite flowers between some heavy books. After a few weeks you’ll have an array of vibrant dried flowers that you can make into cards or use for other activities. 



Sarah-Rose Bowles
Sarah-Rose Bowles


Also in Snail Life - A Slow Parenting Blog

Play! Why does it matter so much? - guest blog
Play! Why does it matter so much? - guest blog

by Sarah-Rose Bowles November 29, 2021

On the surface play might look like it’s just fun (which it is). However, once you learn about brain development you realise that play is the most important work of our children’s childhoods.

Read More

15 Timeless Classics
15 Timeless Classics

by Lucy McNamara October 02, 2021

"We are talking classics here that have stood the test of time. Books read and loved across the generations, by grandparents, parents, sons and daughters."

Read More

Mindful Parent Rebeeca
Mindful Parenting...balancing theory & chaotic reality!

by Rebecca Cooper-Bullock November 27, 2019

There is a feeling of smug satisfaction that I got most things done without me cracking (ie screaming like a crazed cornered animal). Mindful Parenting is mentally exhausting, don't get me wrong. At the end of the day I'm DONE with validating everyone else, but coach Shirley says it gets easier as green brain state becomes your everyday, and I'm looking forward to that reality!

Read More

Join now for the latest news, blogs, FREE lesson plans and EXTRA activities

Get the latest......