Understanding The Four Seasons: Kids Education Resources

There are four seasons: fall, winter, spring, and summer. Each season has its own holidays, traditions, and typical weather conditions. By looking at each, we are able to see what the particular characteristics are that make one season different from the next.

When someone imagines the fall or autumn season, he or she often pictures the leaves on the trees turning beautiful shades of yellow, red, and orange. As winter approaches, the leaves then begin to fall off the trees. The fall season is full of chilly evenings perfect for playing outside. In addition, Halloween and Thanksgiving are two well-known fall celebrations that many people take part in. Fall is the season that is thought of as back-to-school time for students of all ages.

Wintertime means snowy, cold weather for many people. Most trees have lost their leaves and some animals have gone into hibernation. Christmas takes place in the wintertime as well as New Year's celebrations. There are many outside activities that kids enjoy in the winter season such as making snowmen, sledding, and ice-skating. Cold weather and snow can be a lot of fun for kids who love to be outdoors.

In a lot of places, the spring season is accompanied by large amounts of rain. Snow is quickly disappearing, colorful flowers are blooming, and leaves are reappearing on the trees. Baby birds are hatching, various animals are being born, and others are coming out of hibernation. Celebrations of Easter happen in the springtime as well.

Summer is a favorite season of many children who look forward to a long vacation away from school. The warm temperatures of the summer months allow kids to swim, fish, and spend a lot of time outside having fun. Independence Day is celebrated in America on the Fourth of July. Fireflies are a common sight as they explore the air around the blooming trees in a backyard or wooded area.

It's important to remember that it is not the same season all across the world at the same time. The earth rotates on an axis and moves around the sun. The earth's tilt is responsible for the season in a particular part of the world. In other words, when one hemisphere, or half of the earth, is leaning toward the sun, the other hemisphere is tilted away from it. Consequently, when it is one season in the northern hemisphere, it is the opposite season in the southern hemisphere. During its winter season, the northern hemisphere is leaning away from the sun. In turn, the southern hemisphere in its summer season is tilted toward the sun. Furthermore, at the equator, it's always hot because that area continually receives a lot of sunlight. Lower seasonal temperatures are the result of moving away from the equator.


The fall season brings colder temperatures and frost. Corn is one of the crops that is harvested in the fall. In addition, some children enjoy trick or treating on Halloween night. Furthermore, in the fall season there are animals that prepare for hibernation by eating a lot in order to store up enough body fat to live on through the winter months. 


Winter brings snow and ice for many people in the world. Evergreen trees are brought inside homes and set up for Christmas celebrations. Bears have gone into hibernation and most trees have lost all of their leaves. Shoveling snow and building snowmen are two common activities of the winter season.


In nature, the spring season is a time of renewal. Trees begin to bud and flowers bloom. Easter egg hunts are held in the springtime to celebrate the season. Rainy days help the growth of the flowers, grass, and trees during the spring.

  • The Spring Equinox: Learn details about the position of the sun during the Spring Equinox. 
  • Gardening Facts: Learn the basics of gardening along with which flowers are planted in the springtime (after the final occurrence of frost).
  • Groundhogs and Springtime: Read a historical background of the groundhog and how the animal is connected with the arrival of spring.
  • The Activity of Crayfish in the Springtime: Discover how crayfish appear from their burrows in the springtime and what they do.
  • Poems about Rain: Rain is common in the springtime. This gathering of writings offers poems about the rain.


For many students, summer is a time of relaxation and a break from schoolwork. The Fourth of July is celebrated in America with parades and other outdoor activities. The long days of summer allow for lots of time with friends and family. Summer is a common season for thunderstorms that are both powerful and exciting to see.

  • The Seasons: Find out what needs to occur for summertime to arrive in a particular hemisphere along with other intriguing information on the seasons.
  • Information on the Seasons and the Sun: Learn various facts about the earth, the sun, and the seasons.
  • A Look at the Seasons: Discover information regarding the seasons including why summer days are longer than winter ones.
  • Thunderstorms Galore: Read about thunderstorms including when they happen as well as the causes of lightening and much more!
  • Wildflowers of the Season: Find descriptions of wildflowers that grow in West Virginia in the summertime.
  • An Explanation of Summer Heat: Receive an answer to the question of why it is hot in the summer and cold in the wintertime.
  • Apples in Summertime: Checkout some facts regarding the growth of apples in the summertime.

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