Explaining The Seasons Changing to Kids
The season is changing! It’s time to say goodbye to the last season and celebrate the new season, with a new mood and new activities. Do your children know about the four seasons and why they exist? To explain the changing seasons to kids, we’ve made a fun and easy DIY to make this lesson special.
It’s time to say goodbye to Winter and welcome to Spring! But why do we have four seasons in a year and who decided that would happen?
Why do seasons exist?
We all know that there are four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter! But why do they exist? The answer is simpler than you might think! It is because of the Earth’s tilt and the turns it makes around the sun. This is called the translation movement.
The seasons, then, depend on the Earth's inclination relative to the sun. Thus, when the north pole is facing the sun, the Earth is warmer in the northern hemisphere and cooler in the southern hemisphere and consequently the opposite happens when the south pole is facing the sun. Therefore, the seasons of the year are the opposite in the northern and southern hemispheres.
The dates of the seasons of the year in Australia and New Zealand are:
Autumn: March 22nd - June 21st
Winter: June 22nd - September 21st
Spring: September 22nd - December 21st
Summer: December 21st - March 21st