Have you read Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett? Learn about the weather using that story for inspiration then pretend play meteorologist.
Weather Window & Weather Journal
Find a window near your eating space, and christen it “the weather window”. Now, dub your children junior meteorologists! (Explain that meteorologists study the weather.)
Get a large thermometer to put just outside that window. Every day, look at the temperature and talk about what that feels like.
Observe the sky. Is it sunny, cloudy, partly cloudy, rainy, or snowy? Take notes in a weather journal. Record the temperature and forecast for the day. Describe everything you can about that weather. Temperature? Conditions? Smells? Feelings? At the end of the day, note if the forecast was accurate and if not, what was different.
Put up a windsock by your window. Watch for wind. What direction is it blowing? Learn about north, south, east, and west.
Read the newspaper or look on your iPad for the weather forecast. Teach your child how to read the 5-day forecast, the high and low, and the weather map. Check out the Weather Channel online games and activities or National Geographic’s weather page.
Dress for the Weather
Learning about the weather helps us dress appropriately,
In your weather journal, draw a picture of yourself dressed for different types of weather. If you have dolls with clothing, dress your dolls for the weather, too. Extend with this online game dressing up a bear game.
Read Books About Weather
Maisy’s Wonderful Weather Book by Lucy Cousins
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
Weather Words by Gail Gibbons