Choose a “weather window” in your house. Label it to remind yourself and your kids. Maybe somewhere near your eating area.
Post a large thermometer outside. Put up a windsock.
Observe. Is it sunny, cloudy, partly cloudy, rainy, or snowy? (Parents, you can talk about what happens to your kids when the barometer changes. Wacko!) Talk about the weather, the temperature and the wind.
Read the newspaper for the weather forecast. Teach your child where the weather section is located. Show them how to read the 5 day forecast, the high and low, and the weather map.
Weather Picture Books:
Maisy’s Wonderful Weather Book by Lucy Cousins
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballsby Judi Barrett
Weather activities for young kids:
- Dress your self — choose the best clothes for the weather.
- Draw a picture of someone (you?) dressed appropriately for the weather.
- Dress a doll or stuffed animal for the weather.
- Online game (dress a bear)
Weather activities for older Kids:
- Online weather games from the Weather Channel
- Printable Paper Dolls and Clothes
- Create a Weather Journal: Write the weather. Describe everything you can about that weather. Temperature? Conditions? Smells? Feelings? Colors? Textures?
- Make or buy a terrarium to replicate the water cycle.
- *Advanced* National Geographic’s weather page on the history of the earth’s cycles, celebrations in world cultures and activities to do at home.