Weather is all around us every day. Come rain or shine there is always something to see and learn about the weather around us. For this reason weather is a great science topic to study any time of the year.
Weather Activities for Young Explorers
1. Observe the Weather Around You
Spend a day (or a week) observing the weather. You could even make it a short segment of your routine each day. Print out or draw pictures the represent various types of weather such as: sunny, windy, rainy, snowy, thunderstorm, and cloudy. Place a thermometer in a prominent place where you can check it each day. Then record your findings of temperature and observed weather each day.
2. Learn About Rainbows
Read a book like All the Colors of the Rainbow by Allan Fowler with your children. Then help them create a Rainbow Mobile.
- Large white piece of paper
- Black marker
- Tissue paper in all the colors of the rainbow
- Cereal box (to cut to size and glue the rainbow project on for stability)
- Draw the lines of a rainbow with black marker on the large white piece of paper.
- Tear small piece of tissue paper, like small little balls.
- Spread glue on the top line of the rainbow and fill it with little red tissue paper scraps.
- Repeat 2 & 3 for all colors.
- When the tissue paper rainbow is complete glue it onto a cut out piece of cereal cardboard for stability.
- Once the project is dry attached string and hang!
3. Create Your Own Clouds
Read a book like Clouds (Let’s Read and Find Out Science) by Anne Rockwell and study the types of clouds and cloud formation. Using a glass of water, shaving cream, and food coloring you can create a cloud and make it rain.
- Fill a clear glass with water.
- Top the water off with a shaving cream cloud
- Drop food coloring on top of the shaving cream cloud until the color begins to rain down into the water.