Interesting Facts About Spring for Kids
Spring is a beautiful season, coming right after the finish of winter and before the arrival of summer. It is celebrated in various ways in different countries. The concept of spring varies everywhere, but there is one similarity throughout the world over spring. It is believed to be the beginning of new things. Even nature sets a new path every spring, and there is a reintroduction of ideas in this season. Spring references rebirths, renewals, regrowth, resurrections, rejuvenation. Let us go through a few interesting facts about spring that will have you appreciating the season even more.
- Spring is one of the four seasons in the year, the other being summer, autumn, and winter. The value of the temperatures determines the seasons. Each season lasts for three months.
- Spring is considered an intervening gap of transition between the coldest and the warmest months of the year. It starts at different times and months in other places. Like in Australia and New Zealand, spring begins in September and lasts till November. This is very different from the United States and the UK, where spring lasts from March to May.
- The date spring sets in countries vary with the elevation and latitude. Like in Sweden, the arrival of spring is when the daily average temperature exceeds zero degrees celsius for seven continuous days.
- In the upper half of the Earth, spring begins in March, and in the lower half of the Earth, spring starts in September. The hemispheres have opposite gap seasons going on. If the northern hemisphere has spring season, then the southern hemisphere has autumn.
- Near the North pole, the arrival of spring indicates a whole six months of sunlight without darkness. The effect is reversed for the south pole. Over here, the arrival of spring suggests the coming of 6 months of darkness. This is because the poles have mainly two seasons. During the summer, the sun is always up. But, the winter indicates very little daylight.
- Not only countries but cultures celebrate it too. Persian culture regards the first day of spring as the first day of the month, which starts by mid of March. Chinese culture marks the start of February as the start of spring. Celtic traditions based spring on the length of daylight, so it started in February for them.
- The duration of spring is concise in the polar regions.
- Days get longer during spring because the Earth tilts towards the sun. Day and night are almost of the same length. There are 12 hours of the day and 12 hours of the night. The first spring day is called the vernal equinox or the spring equinox.
- The sun is right above the equator during the spring or vernal equinox. The sun will go above your head if you stand on the equator.
- The vernal equinox is like the midpoint between the middle of winter and summer. The word Vernal comes from Latin, which translates to spring. Equinox also comes from Latin, and the translation stands for equal night.
- Spring holds face in mythology also. Persephone is perceived as the Greek goddess of spring. Ancient Greeks believed that changing of the seasons was because of Persephone. Her being abducted by the underground lord and then returning to her home caused the change.
- Spring also brings about a change in the weather. There are unstable conditions due to the mix of the warm air blowing from the lower latitudes and the cold winds from the polar regions. In the mountainous areas, springs are followed by floods because of the snow melting.
- Tornados, thunderstorms, hail, high winds affect the people in the regions they hit. The tornado alley in central America becomes the most active during the springtime. Jetstreams also cause severe weather in the northern hemisphere. The effects are seen more in spring than in winter.
- While all this happens in the northern hemisphere, the southern hemisphere does not see all this. There is no land bridge to bring the cold air from the Antarctic zone. There are no equal jet streams, and the winds’ flow is not interrupted.
- Spring is celebrated around the world through festivals. The most famous ones you know of are Easter, Passover, May Day, Cince De Mayo, Holi, April fool’s day. There are also days celebrated like Earth day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Arbor Day. Chinese New Year is celebrated in the spring for seven days.
- Easter is one the most important religious holidays, celebrating the resurrection of Christ. Easter is used to symbolize rebirth, so bright colors are used to do so.
- Spring also means happiness for the die-hard fans of star wars because May 4 is celebrated as Star Wars Day!
- Spring is a season of color where flowers bloom and leaves grow. This is because of the transition of the climate from being cold to warm. Plants and flowers are sensitive to light and respond to it quickly. Thus, increasing day lengths and ample sunlight are influential factors in plant growth.
- In Japan, spring is a famous celebration called Hanami or cherry blossom viewing. Young people hold parties or picnics with their family and friends at parks where the Sakura flowers are in full bloom.
- Spring is the season when a lot of new animals are born. Newborns of these animals have the highest rate of survival during spring.
- It is believed that human children grow the fastest during spring. So if you want to grow taller, this is your chance!
- It is theorized that the Great Sphinx marks the arrival of the Vernal Equinox.
- There are many days when there is a lot of rain during April. This helps in facilitating the growth of flowers that bloom in May.
- There is a weird condition popularly referred to as spring fever. It is said to induce restless behavior and daydreaming. As the name suggests, it is believed to be caused due to the arrival of spring.
- The time when honeybees form swarms is during the spring. It is a popular misconception that bees in a hive are “bad news,” but it is not. They are at their friendliest behavior when swarming.
- In the early days, spring was initially known as ‘Lent.’ It was only after the 14th century that it came to be known as spring. It was named so because plants used to spring up from the ground during this time.
- The spring birthday stones are aquamarine, diamonds, emeralds, and pearls. The Emerald stone of May carries the spring color green and symbolizes rebirth and love.
- A big cheer for all those with the Aries, Taurus, and Gemini zodiacs because this is your season!
- As spring comes, some myths follow. One of the funniest myths is the legend that you can balance an egg upright during the vernal equinox. This is a bit weird because no one has tried it yet. Maybe you can try it out the next time spring comes around.
- Another belief is that spring is warmer than fall. It would seem like This is not true because spring is colder than the other season.
Spring Activities for Kids
Spring is the time for being outdoors! So naturally, there are a lot of fun activities that the kids can do. Appreciating the changing season that comes with warm sunshine and bright colors is one of the many things they can start with.
- Art and crafts seem to be very popular with the onset of spring. There are many creative ideas to make art or poetry.
- Like how making a treehouse is popular in the summer, making a birdhouse is popular in spring.
- Planting a tree sapling or growing a vegetable is ideal now since there is Earth day celebrated during the spring.
- The holiday Easter means there has to be a mandatory easter hunt. Scavenger hunts are also famous in this season.
- There is no better time than spring if you want to throw a party or plan a picnic. The flowers bloom, and the pleasant weather will be a treat.