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A Preschool Book About Seasons
My almost 3 year old really enjoyed The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree. It’s a fact-based book by Gail Gibbons, and I learned about it from Adventures in Mommydom. We read a lot of season-related books lately, but Smarty really loved this one, perhaps because the main character in the book is a little boy who treats his apple tree as his special friend. In the book he enjoys different seasonal games and activities centered around this apple tree. The illustrations are bright and uncluttered with simple but cheerful text – perfect for very young kids with short attention span and for new readers as well.
An Invitation for Seasonal Art
I thought it would be fun to have a family art project based on The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree. I printed four tree outlines and laid out seasonal stickers, cotton balls, pencils, and crayons. Then each of us picked a season for our tree. Smarty wanted to make winter first (she consults winter pages in the picture below, since she is yet to see real snow), but then she saw a new package of felt fall stickers from Target and changed her mind. I chose winter, and my husband did spring. Poor summer was left alone. I tried to convince Smarty to do it on another day, but she was not interested.
Family Seasonal ArtIt was fun to work together using different techniques. My husband spent a lot of time drawing each flower on his spring tree with pencils. Smarty did hers entirely by herself (I cut birds from a Christmas card). Her magical tree grows maple leaves, apples and pumpkins. As you can see, she will probably outgrow my artistic abilities rather soon, but she has to work pretty hard to get to papa’s level :)
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