Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree

Fall is a great time for reading and crafting with kids. This time my husband joined us for some family art time to celebrate seasons of the year.

Preschool Open Ended Art for Sasons Theme

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A Preschool Book About Seasons


Arnold Apple Tree
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

Invitation-to-create-seasonal-tree
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.
Studying-Winter-Apple-Tree-Pictures

Family Seasonal Art

It 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 :)
Apple-Tree-Fall Apple-Tree-Spring Apple-Tree-Winter

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Your Turn

What is your favorite season?

21 comments:

The Harris Family said...

What a great project to teach the differnt seasons. Also I love that the whole family participated.

Orange Juice said...

oh I love that! I'm going to save this to do when we do seasons!

Eva said...

I like that you all participated in this activity :) I find that whenever I prepare something for Aye she always wants me to sit down with her and do it together.

Autumn said...

What a fun project. I just got that Arnold's Apple Tree book from the library, but haven't read it to the boys yet. We got a few other 'seasons' books, but honestly Tommy is having a hard time understanding the seasons, I think because it's so temperate here in CA.

whisperingwhispers said...

What a fun project and to include the entire family was such a great idea! Love all the trees!

Teaching My Little BookWorm said...

cute trees!

Adriana said...

Love the idea of getting the whole family involved. I need to get their Papi to do more projects with us.

Ticia said...

What a cute project. I love how you all chose different seasons to start off.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

How fun to do this as a family! Your husband is very talented! I love Anna's "magical tree" - so cute! And yours is good too, Natalie - I love your little pumpkin guy! :)

Susana said...

This is so much fun! I love projects when we do them together.

What a good idea you came up with for this!

I've never heard of this book--thanks for sharing it too.

Nadia@FunWithMama said...

beautiful trees.. they came out lovely and such a great way to teach anna!!

Elise said...

How fun to sit down as a family and let your creative juices flow. Anna's tree is amazing, she did such a good job. What a fantastic collection of family artwork.

Michelle said...

We are reading this book, too! I love it. It is such a neat story of creativity. I love your idea with the trees! Very good idea. *Ü*

Virginia Lee said...

We did the same book for stArt this week. But our craft was different.

Love that the whole family was involved!

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Michelle said...

I love your project...I can't wait to check out this book! Thank you for linking up :0)

Diana said...

I don't have this book yet, but have several by the same author. What a fun activity. Sometimes I forget to include myself in the fun, too. We are wrapping up a unit on apples at our house.

SmartPumpkin'sMom said...

i already know that i am buying this book for our home library. great project! ;)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Beautiful trees! How great to get everyone involved.

Crunchy and Green said...

I love that this was a whole family project, and that you learned about seasons while having fun at the same time!

BlogTanya WS said...

This is such an awesomely fun activity! Thank you for sharing your post with The Natural Homeschool and The Life of Jennifer Dawn Linky Party. :) See you next Wednesday! :)

Keerti said...

This is a very good idea. I am going to teach my daughter about seasons and this is a great way. Thanks. Stepping in from sensoryactivitiesforkids.com

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