Friday, February 3, 2012

10 Ways to Learn About Weather

It seems that kids have an endless fascination for weather. And why not? It's always around them, easy to experiment with, and always fun to learn about. Here are 10 ways to learn about weather and have fun at the same time!

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1. Experiment with the wind. What is wind? How does it feel? Pretend to blow in the wind. Go outside on a windy day. Fly a kite if the day is nice. Or, become the wind yourself like Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas shows in this fun wind experiment, Can the Wind Move It.

2. Make a rain gauge and measure the rain. Greening Sam and Avery shows you how to make this simple rain gauge.

3. Make a tornado. Try the classic tornado in a bottle experiment. You'll need to round up two 2-liter bottles for the trick, but it's definitely fun! Weather Wiz Kids has a wonderful explanation of how to do this experiment. 

4. Make a rainbow and learn all the colors in a rainbow. Search for one after a rain and then make your own. Draw one, paint one, or make a collage. Did you know you can even make one show up on the back of a cd if you hold it up in the sunlight? Check out this post from Buggy and Buddy to find out how.

5. Make it rain in your own kitchen. Yes you can, and it won't make a mess either. Sense of Wonder shows you how.

6. Learn about temperature and experiment with hot and cold using ice. Place ice in different areas, in the sunlight for a warm area and in the refrigerator for a cold area, and see how long it takes to melt. Science Sparks shows you a fun example of this experiment with melting ice.

7. Read a book about weather. There are tons of books written for any reading level. Check the selection at your library and find a few. The nonfiction selection is usually quite large. A great choice is Weather Words and What They Mean by Gail Gibbons. Or, you can find a fiction choice in which weather is the main subject and use the story to further conversation about the weather. The Storm Book by Charlotte Zolotow is a great fiction choice to get you talking about the weather.

8. Make a fun chart and chart the weather everyday. Warm Hot Chocolate shows you how to make this adorable weather dial.

9. Make your own DIY weather station and learn to collect data. Kitchen Counter Chronicles shows you how to make your own simple backyard weather station.

10. Learn about clouds and create some of your own. What are the different types of clouds and what do they look like. Then get crafty and make your own clouds like we did! The Cloud Book by Tomie de Paola is a great reference for learning about clouds.

*Bonus Activity: Experience the weather! Play in the rain, throw snowballs, or soak up the sun. Why is weather so much fun to learn about? Because, it's so easy to experience!

***While researching this post, I came across a wonderful website, Weather Wiz Kids, designed to teach kids about weather. It was created by a meteorologist and provides lots of fun activities, experiments, and information. If you and your kids are interested in learning about weather, this is the perfect site to check out! *** 

Have you done any fun activities about the weather? 

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  1. Ohhh this is brilliant J is just starting to notice the weather and I was wondering about ideas to do with him about it. Thank you

  2. Love wether projects!!I have used the Weather Wiz kids site many times to create a tornado in a jar and many others! Great site! ALso you are the winner of my Arterro Giveaway...congrats! I'm having trouble with finding a winner You are the third one on my list! Send me your e-mail!

  3. Like the post. Goods ideas to try. Just pooped over to see the 'make it rain'. Will try that one.


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