Books and Umbrellas
By Connie Goldin, LMFT
Today is March 1st, 2015 and Mom to Madre is declaring it’s officially spring! Birds are nesting, flowers are starting to bloom, and we are very excited in San Diego to be getting some rain. Even if you live in a cold climate, it’s certainly time to be dreaming of spring. Celebrate the upcoming change of season with your kids by reading wonderful books with them, and by making colorful umbrellas for your youngsters to give to someone special. Whether you are in Alaska surrounded by snow, or in Hawaii, surrounded by beautiful warm water and abundant rain, these charming books and spring art project are perfect for the younger set and the season.
“Rain is Coming. You can feel it in the air.” Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre is a gorgeous nonfiction book showing rain in action. The photography is beautiful and reading this with your children will introduce new words, new creatures, and splendid images of nature. This is a book for the entire family.
How to Grow a Friend by Sara Gillingham is a beautiful book for young children on making and taking care of friends. “Tend your friendships…and watch them grow!” Children will love her bold colors and simple, lovely text.
The Thing About Spring by Daniel Kirk has a bunny with a reluctance to embrace change. Spring is coming and Bunny needs the gentle coaxing and reassurance of Bear, Bird, and Mouse to see the positive benefits of spring. Bunny is stuck in the past–winter! This is a humorous books that kids will love.
When spring brings rains and the kids are antsy to do something, get out the craft supplies and paper plates and whip up some colorful umbrellas. Ours are made as cards to give to someone special. This project can be adapted in many ways for different age groups. Ours are on the more elaborate side, since we’ll be doing them with teens, as all as preschoolers. For the youngest ones, we’ll use crayons, markers and stickers for decorating the umbrellas.
This craft was inspired by Mama Jenn, who has a wonderful umbrella and raindrop craft.
Teach your children the saying, “March roars in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.”
Here is the phrase in a lovely poem:
by Lorie Hill
March roars in like a lion
The wind so cold,
It seems to pierce.
The month rolls on
And Spring draws near,
And March goes out
Like a lamb so dear.