Learning about the changing of the seasons is a wonderful way for young children to explore our changing weather. Little learners in Pre - K through Elementary will love these free printable sorting cards and seasons worksheets!
Young children are natural observers of the world around us. They are often the first ones to notice a tree budding or a spring flower blooming.
Noticing of all of these seasonal changes is a great way to learn about the natural cycles in nature.
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These basic worksheets focus on the names of the seasons, the look of the landscape, and the order of the seasons.
If you are looking for a structured activities to go along with a unit study for young children, these printables are for you!
Directions on how to access the pdf version of these free printables can be found at the bottom of this post.
Pair them with children's books about the seasons, nature journaling, and additional weather activities. More details about each of these can be found after the printables.
Young learners love sorting activities. You can use these season cards at a literacy or science center.
If you are looking to use these printables with multiple kids or for many years, I recommend printing them off then laminating them. This will protect the cards without you having to print off a new set every time.
Included in the printable pack are picture and word cards. Your kids can pair the name of the season with the correct image.
Cards can also be arranged into a circle or line to show the correct order of the seasons.
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For really young children, you can even print off two sets of the image cards to create a matching game.
Flip each picture card over and let your child try to find the matching picture card. This would be a great activity for toddlers up to early elementary.
Sometimes, the simplest activities are the ones young children enjoy most!
Seasons of the Year Worksheet
The next printable can be used two different ways depending on the age of your child.
First if your child is writing, they can use the word key at the bottom as their guide and write the name of the season below each image.
If your child is not yet reading, they can cut out the words at the bottom and match them to the correct image. Glue can be used to attach the cut out to the paper.
Of course, if they are not yet reading, this would make a great guided activity. You can read the name of the season to your child and have them match it to the correct image.
In the blank spaces on the worksheet, you can have your child draw arrows to show the order of the seasons.
Bonus points if together you describe what the change of seasons look and feel like! There are so many ways to turn this basic worksheet into a discussion about weather and climate.
Seasons Graphic Oragnizer
The last printable can be used with older children in elementary school. A few different ways to use this sheet:
- Pair with a book about the seasons: as you read have your child draw illustrations to show what each season looks like in the story. Then in the rectangles they can describe the season in words: cold, snowy, and windy.
- Four Seasons where you live: instead of a book, brainstorm what each of the four seasons looks like where you live. The drawings and descriptions can be based off of what it is like in your area.
- Images from Sorting Cards: lay out the sorting cards and use the images on the cards as the illustration. Kids can then describe what they see in each picture.
Multi-Age Setting Lesson Plans
For young children including toddlers, you can discuss the changes in temperature and the different types of clothing worn each season.
They can describe something they enjoy doing during each of the seasons. It is always fun to see what types of activities they come up with as their favorites!
Young children may enjoy these weather coloring pages to go along with this activity: sunny, cloudy, snowflakes, and rainbows.
For older children including elementary aged, they can write down a favorite memory from each season. This can be written in sentence form or short points.
It would even be fun to write a creative story made up using their imagination instead of a real life event!
The graphic organizer can be used to plan out their ideas before writing them out in a notebook or nature journal.
More Advanced Science Lesson
Another option is to have your child describe the relationship between the Earth and the Sun during each of the different seasons.
They can draw the position of the Earth tilted on it's axis in relation to the sun.
In a multi-age setting, this one activity sheet can be used, but modified to fit the needs of each child.
Once they finish filling it out, they can all share and discuss what they drew and wrote down!
Books about the Seasons
A fun way to learn about seasons during a weather unit with your kids is to read a few books together.
Books are a powerful tool and are a great resource especially when learning about what the four seasons are like in different climates.
These books contain a mix of scientific information mixed with beautiful illustrations. The ones below are linked from our Bookshop and Amazon, but you can also find most at your local library.
- Gail Gibbons is famous for her information rich texts. The Reason for the Seasons is a wonderful children's book filled with scientific information. Learn about the tilt of the Earth and its orbit around the sun. Amazon | Bookshop
- The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree is another book by Gail Gibbons and follows an apple tree through the four seasons. Amazon | Bookshop
- Hannah Pang's award winning book Seasons is a beautiful children's book. Learn about different climates around the world as the seasons change in this stunning book for kids. Amazon | Bookshop
A fun activity that is great for young children is to decorate four different trees to show the distinct seasons. Of course, this is also a fun activity for older children, as kids of all ages love craft projects.
Printable bare tree coloring pages can be used alongside the activities in the seasons printable pack.
The example below was created to show the fall season. Real leaves were collected outside and glued down onto the printable.
Coloring supplies including crayons, markers, and even paint can be used.
If available, real life leaves or flower petals can be glued down to the printables as a fun way to integrate natural elements.
You can also get a copy of a Tree Four Seasons Coloring Page that you can use with your kids when exploring the seasons!
These printables were created by Nature Inspired Learning and are for personal use only for your home or classroom. All of these free seasons worksheets and printables are for non-commercial use. See full disclosure. Have questions, send me an email at julie (at) natureinspiredlearning (dot) com
These are so cute!! You do such great work!
It's so hard to find a simple seasons worksheet! Thank you for this!!
I like to keep them simple to give you room to be creative when using them with your kids. I'm glad you found it helpful!
I love your free printables. I sent your post to my best friend, and her daughter was so thrilled with it. Thanks so much for sharing.
You're welcome Allie and thank you so much for sharing
These are great ideas to teach our kids about the four seasons. I like the idea of laminating the cards. Thank you for sharing!
Your welcome Ada, I'm glad you found it helpful
Julie, you've done it again! Wonderful post. Gail Gibbons is one of our favorite authors!
Thank you Jamie for your kind words! I love how her books integrate science facts while still being relatable for young kids.