From blossoming flowers to the return of summer: here’s how to explain Spring to children
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How to explain spring to children
The arrival of the spring it marks the beginning of the summer: the days get longer, the temperatures rise, we begin to dress lighter and nature returns to blossom. For children it is perhaps one of the most magical moments of the year, because the eyes are filled with the colors of flowering and you can go back to playing outdoors (or you can do it when the health emergency returns).
It is therefore not surprising that this triumph of sensations arouses in the little ones a lot of questions: why do trees become covered with leaves again? How come flowers bloom? And why do some animals come back to be seen again in the spring? Here are some tips so as not to be caught unprepared when the time comes for these curiosities …
Explain the Spring Equinox
Why does spring start on March 21st? What changes from day to day? These questions are typical of children (and perhaps also of some adults), so it is necessary to speak with simplicity to explain a concept – that ofSpring equinox – which is actually quite complicated.
The equinox is indeed an astronomical event that occurs twice a year (in early spring and early autumn) and which indicates the time when the Sun comes to position itself exactly above the Equator, the great imaginary line that divides the Earth into two hemispheres. When the Sun assumes this position perpendicular to the Equator, day and night have the same duration (12 hours): this is why it is called “equinox”, a word that comes from the Latin meaning “equal night” (implied: a day).
From the moment of the spring equinox, therefore, the hours of light become more and more and the days seem increasingly longer.
Why March 21?
The Spring Equinox always occurs in the same period of the journey that the Earth makes around the Sun. However, the Earth’s rotation motion lasts 6 hours, 9 minutes and 10 seconds longer compared to our 365-day calendar, so every year it accumulates a bit of delay (which we try to recover by inserting an extra day, February 29, every four years). From a scientific point of view, therefore, the Spring Equinox it can occur between 19 and 21 Marcho (rare to happen on the 22nd).
For simplicity however, we humans, who invented the calendar without the knowledge of celestial movements, always set the beginning of Spring on March 21st.
To show the effects of the equinox at a glance, just take one ball or ball, draw a line along the middle to mark the Equator and place it exactly in front of a light source, reminding us to reproduce the inclination of the Earth’s axis (so the Equator must not appear straight, but a little lopsided). The portions illuminated by the light and those in the shade will be exactly the same size
The return of nature: flowers and buds
The most evident effect of the arrival of spring, however, is undoubtedly the return of green, of flowers and gods colors of plants. Here, too, there is no need to venture into too elaborate scientific explanations: it is enough to make the little ones understand that life has its own cyclicality due to the change of seasons and the plants, which follow this rhythm, return to put their leaves. Spring is therefore the moment that marks the beginning of reproductive stage of much of the vegetation, which first germinates and then blooms to renew itself and reproduce (also with the help of animals such as bees).
A lot of can be used to convey the sense of the cyclical nature of life that shines again in spring metaphors or analogies, which are very useful to make the most complex concepts understand with simplicity. The easiest simile to use is that of rest: just as we all have to sleep to be awake and active during the day, so too Nature needs a moment of rest (the Winter) and then returns beautiful perky to show all its beauty (in spring precisely).
Animals and spring
In spring, the animals also return to popular parks and woods. As temperatures rise, many creatures feel the end of winter and they wake up from hibernation, a long “self-imposed” sleep to survive during the season more stingy of resources to feed on.
Not only that: in spring the migratory birds, that is, those species that always follow the warm season and therefore leave in autumn and return in spring. The migratory bird par excellence is the swallow – perhaps the animal symbol of spring – which from March begins to make its nest on the roofs and chimneys of our houses.
The nursery rhymes of spring
Spring is the season that most of all inspires the creativity and imagination of the most whimsical souls and therefore there are many the nursery rhymes that we can teach children to familiarize themselves with the characteristics of this beautiful time of year.
March 21 by Gianni Rodari
The first swallow
came last night
to tell me: “It is next
The primroses laugh
in the meadow, yellow,
and I saw, believe me,
already three butterflies “.
so i told her:
“Yes it’s time, swallow,
fly to the roof!
But why to men
come back to your face
as in the tender ones
must come back
from the long exile,
beyond the sea.
Peace, oh swallow,
what flights in the evening!
It is for men
Spring by Liliana Caramellino
A peach branch dressed in pink
a fresh song in the fragrant air
a breath of wind,
a red in the evening
and the heart is happy
because it’s spring.
Spring awakens by Ugo Betti
When the sky returns clear
like a child’s eye,
spring wakes up. And walk
through the murmuring forests,
with his robe
the color of the sun
the beautiful carpets of flask.
Each blade of grass bears a diadem,
every drop trembles.
Some buds bloom
a little fearful,
and holds out her little rose-colored mouth
to drink a drop
In the lonely farmhouses,
the old ones stand on the threshold
and look at the earth
Bird by Angiolo Silvio Novaro
Bird that I do not see you
where do you sing so happy?
The air is rough, the branches bare
It is still winter and you already sing?
“Spring, it comes, it comes, it comes,
I know, I know, I know “
Oh how crazy you sing! But where?
In the heart, in the heart you sing:
invisible I see you, I feel you,
in the rough air, on the bare branches:
announce that it is coming, that it will always return!