And we decided to make a daily weather chart to go with it:
Let’s Meet The Players:
- Cardboard or paper
- Tin foil
- A pipe-cleaner person
- A piece of string and a paper clip.
Let’s Play The Game:
Step 1: We began with a bit of a painting frenzy…
We used postcard size cardboard and painted different aspects of weather:
Step 2: And we had a whole collection of weather scenarios…
Step 3: Then we made cut out some black and white clouds from white paper.
Step 4: And a weather chart would have to have lightening bolts. Roll or crunch a piece of tin foil into a thin strip, so that it looks like wire. Then bend it like a pipe-cleaner, any zig-zag way you like.
And now we have a supply of additions:
Step 5: We made some signs to point towards the different temperature conditions.
Step 7: Finally putting it all together: Now the size really depends on how many participants you have and thank-goodness for blank doors!!! Rows of weather events, with a label pointed at them.
And just hanging a piece of string (we used streamer) down and twisting it around the weather-person’s arm meant we could move him up and down the chart whatever the weather.
And for us today is sunny to hot.
Here are a few fun weather links we found useful this past week:
- Weatherwizkids.com: A fabulous site… link on a topic on the left hand side and it will tell you all about it and link you on to activities, experiments and printables.
- metoffice.gov.uk: This site has great things for kids to make and do. I really liked their printable weather diary.
- Illiniweather: Heaps of links to weather sites for kids.
- How Stuff Works: Cool weather projects for kids.
- Family Fun: They make a weather station but they don’t have photo’s so the article won’t grab your kids, but they are very easy to implement and will be fun to make.
That’s it! Have Fun…