Talk about the weather every day to include your child in activity planning.
Children are natural scientists, and nothing says "science" more than learning about the weather! Your child is at the age where she is noticing nature and how it has an effect on her life. If it is rainy outside, she knows that her shoes will get muddy. If it is snowy, she can make a snowman with her friends. If it is sunny, she should wear sunscreen, and if it's cloudy, it might be a bit chilly out. Expand on her curiosities by creating weather hats out of simple craft supplies and lots of creativity.
1Draw a big cloud on a piece of white construction paper to signify cloudy weather, then separately draw a sun for sunny on yellow paper, a rain drop for rainy on blue paper and a snowman for snowy, also on white paper.
2Supervise your child as she carefully cuts out each shape. Talk about different activities you can do in each weather condition, such as splash in puddles (rainy), make snow angels (snowy), go swimming (sunny) and find shapes in the sky (cloudy.)
3Measure your child's head with a tape measure. Cut out a thick strip from construction paper that is 2 inches longer than the circumference of her head. Continue until you have made four strips.
4Glue one cut-out shape on each of the paper strips. When the glue dries, wrap the paper strip around your child's head and tape the ends together.
5Look out the window the next day and ask your child, "What's the weather like today?" She can then pick out the hat that matches what it looks like outside. Encourage her to play "weather reporter" and inform the family of what nature may have in store for them that day.
- Encourage your preschooler to check the daily forecast at websites such as The Weather Channel Kids.Visit the library or a bookstore with your child to read about the weather. Books, such as, "Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today?" by Tish Rabe and "Whatever the Weather" by Karen Wallace are resources you can use to support this activity.A good song to sing with this project is "What's the Weather?" Set the following lyrics to the classic tune, "Oh My Darlin' Clementine": What's the weather, what's the weather, what's the weather, little one? Is it snowy, is it cloudy, is there rain or is there sun?"
Things You'll Need
- Colored construction paper
- White paper
- Kid-friendly scissors
- Tape measure