Explaining the changing seasons to a young child can be tricky... say, when you're trying to convince them they can't wear their bathing suit outdoors, even though this was totally acceptable a month ago. This is where visual aids -- such as this cute DIY felt board, which we spotted over at The Toby Show -- can be handy. The instructions are fairly straightforward and easy enough for even the non-crafty among us to execute. All you need is felt, scissors, Elmer's Glue-All, and inexpensive fabric paint...
You start by creating one bare tree on a felt background. This serves as a backdrop for all four seasons. Then you can design your own accessories for each season.
What's really great about this idea is that you can customize it to suit your own area and family traditions, and you can keep adding and changing the elements every year:
The tree is a great centerpiece for learning but you can make the extras for each season specific to what your family does during that season or what's going on in your region. Maybe apple picking is big in your area or you have a garden patch that shows the seasons. Maybe a sandbox for summer. You get the idea--make it your own.