Weather is interesting and exciting to preschoolers. Stomping in rain puddles, basking in the sun and throwing snowballs delight them, but those activities are only possible in certain types of weather. Teach your little one to observe what's happening outside by creating a weather graph together. As an added learning bonus, your kiddo will also learn early math skills, such as counting.
Items you will need
- Poster board
- Weather pictures
Divide a piece of poster board into columns by drawing lines with a marker. Include enough sections so there is space for sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy, rainy, windy and snowy weather. Write the name of each kind of weather at the bottom of the poster board in the corresponding sections.
Cut out a bunch of weather pictures, including sun, raindrops and snowflakes. Find pictures online or make copies out of a clip-art book or coloring book.
Head to the window with your preschooler and look at the sky. Talk about what kind of weather your little meteorologist sees. Once she's identified the correct kind of weather, let her choose a picture that illustrates it, such as a rain drop for rainy weather. Give her crayons and let her color the picture.
Tape the weather symbol in the correct column of the weather graph.
Repeat the weather activity every morning. At the end of the month, count each kind of weather together. Ask your kiddo what kind of weather happened the most for the month. Quiz your child by asking how many snowy days there were or how many days were rainy.
- Hang the weather graph near a window so your child can easily check what's happening.
- Give your preschooler a pair of binoculars to make checking the weather even more entertaining.
- Make a more durable weather graph with felt. Make the weather symbols from scraps of colored felt, which your child can reuse every month.
- Place a few dress-up items near the weather graph. Include umbrellas, snow boots and mittens. Encourage your preschooler to "dress" for the weather after she's done the graph.
- Scholastic.com: Preparing for Preschool Math
- The GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 3-Year Olds; Kathy Charner
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