Thursday, April 26, 2012

Weather Activities (A to Z Challenge)

Weather is an extremely complicated and yet so simple! Teaching toddlers about weather is fun... and crafty! Here's 5 of our favorite weather projects!

1. Keep A Weather Log
Make a chart with different weather patterns on it in columns. Snow, Sun, Windy, Rain, Cloudy, etc. Then use stickers or a marker to mark each day on the chart. This is a great exercise to continue learning about weather.

2. Make Snowflakes
These are easy to do. Simply take a piece of paper and fold it in half so that it forms a triangle. Then fold it in half again and again. For toddlers to be able to cut the paper don't fold it too small. after it is folded take a pair of scissors and cut little shapes out of the sides of the paper. When you unfold the paper it looks just like a snowflake! This exercise is a great opening to talk about how each snowflake is unique.

3. Measuring Rain
All you need for this is a mason jar or a vile! We took a sharpie and marked tick lines on it. Then we guessed how many tick marks it would rain! After each rain we go collect our jar and count the tick marks. You can use this activity as a great opening exercise to the water cycle!

4. Wind Race
This is such an awesome indoor weather activity! You'll need 1 straw for each child and 1 feather for each child (the feathers will need to be the same size). Use tape to make a start line and a finish line on the floor, then have the kids race! What they'll do is lay their feather on the start line and use the straw to blow it across the floor to the finish line! Use this activity as an opener for a great conversation on how wind-power works.

5. Cloud Weather Window
This is an idea I found on Nature Watch's website. They have the template so go here to print it off and make your own cloud weather window! You'll need some stiff paper and a Popsicle stick but these little windows teach kids about various weather types! Do you remember the sailor's sayings about weather? "Pink at night, sailor's delight" the barometric pressure that causes pink in the sky is a great indication as to the next day's weather. "Pin in the morning sailor's take warning". You'll find this pink hue in the clouds or sunset. Have fun identifying clouds!

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