Spring is finally here! Along with warmer weather, spring can bring rain and storms. This is a great teaching opportunity for you to educate your kids about spring weather (rain, wind, clouds, and thunder storms). For days your kids can’t get outside, check out these weather inspired activities.
- Match numbered clouds or sun to raindrops and flowers.
- Create spring weather related sensory bottles (my kids love making these).
- Make a weather mobile.
- Decorate and create a rain stick (you can find several different ways to make these on Google or Youtube).
- Mold Play-Doh into different shapes of clouds.
- Paint a storm on paper.
- Check out spring weather related books from your local library. Some examples are Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco, Thunder Boom by Shutta Crum, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett, and Little Cloud by Eric Carl.
- Sing rain and wind inspired songs (you can find several on Youtube).
- Rain Paint- Drop food coloring on a paper plate and set outside for a few minutes while it is raining. Bring the plate in and let it dry. Once it dries, you will be able to see the patterns of rain that fell on the plate.
- Play a game called will the wind blow it? Ask your kids to gather items from around the house that they think will blow in the wind. Once the items are collected, using a fan or hair dryer, blow “wind” at each item to see if it will blow away. This is a great way to teach about the weight of each object.
These activities are not only fun for your kids to do but also foster weather inspired learning. Yes the activities listed above take time to set up, but the things your kids will learn from them are priceless. Have fun and have a great day making memories with your kids:)