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In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

As we enter the end of winter and the beginning of spring, it is a great time to talk with young children about the weather.

Last year, we used a calendar “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” project to explore the concept of the changing weather.

March Lion and Lamb Calendar Directions

  1. Print a blank March calendar.
  2. Print/photocopy Lion and Lamb clip art and cut so each animal is on its own square. We got ours from The Big Book of Monthly Ideas : Preschool-Kindergarten : The Best of the Mailbox Monthly Idea Books (activity is modified from that book). This is a perfect opportunity to practice scissor skills!
  3. Share the saying “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.”
  4. Ask your child to describe lions (fierce, strong, roar) and lambs (gentle, friendly, baa) and what type of weather each might represent.
  5. Each day: check the thermometer, select the right animal, and paste it on the calendar.
  6. At the end of March, count up the number of lamb days and lion days or keep a running tally. For older kids, you could create a line graph.

Educational Experience:

  • Science: Introduce the idea of the changing seasons and weather.  With children who are ready, discuss what causes different weather phenomena.
  • Mathematics: Count or graph the lamb and lion days.
  • Fine Motor Skills: Practice cutting straight lines with the scissor.
  • Language Arts: Use adjectives to describe lions and lambs and the weather. Discuss different ways to describe rain (drizzle, rain drops, downpour), snow (blizzard, flurry), etc.

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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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One Response to "In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb"

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