The Weather Themed Activities were perfect for this time of year, Spring Time! The children loved learning about the water cycle, making a windsock, enjoying clouds in jello jars, learning about thunderstorms, completing a weather report book and taking part in the Math and Literacy centers.
Weather Themed Activities
Play dough, stamps, scissors, lacing beads and cards, puzzles and blocks are set out for the children to choose from, and get creative during this 30 minute period.
Weather Themed Circle Time
Every day during Circle Time we do the morning routine, which includes the Calendar and ‘Number, Color, Shape and Letter of the week’. We then read a story, sing a few songs and do a group activity.
On every Monday we change the ‘Classroom Helpers’ Classroom Jobs. Each child has a name card on a popsicle stick, and they get to choose their job of the week.
Weather Themed Circle Time Activities
Activity 1: Weekend News
Every Monday morning each child gets a chance to talk about their weekend and what they did. The children then draw a picture in the ‘weekend news’ journal, and the teacher writes down what they have said.
Activity 2: Word & picture Cards Games
Print 2 copies for each sheet. Cut out all the cards and paste on colored paper. Laminate. Put all the cards with the words in the middle of the circle, face up. Hand out the cards with the pictures. Point to the word cards one by one, talking about the beginning and ending sounds. Ask children, who has a picture that begins with the sound /c/ for example. Cloud and Cold starts with /C/. Now what is their ending sounds? /D/. Sound out the words and let the children decide what the word says. The child with the correct card places it on the word card.
Place the word cards face up on one side and the pictures face up on the other side. Read the words and name the pictures as you place them. Now turn all the cards face down. Children take turns picking up a card from each side. If they match, they get to keep the card. If not, they put the cards back in the same place.
Put all the picture cards face up in the center of the circle. Ask children to turn around and close their eyes. Remove one of the cards. The children turn back and open their eyes. The child that names the missing card correctly gets to keep it. Continue until there are only 2 cards left.
Activity 3: Plastic Fruit & Vegetables
Have some plastic fruit and plastic vegetables ready with two baskets (labelled ‘Fruits’ and ‘Vegetables’. Take one at a time, discus it and ask the children to put it into the correct basket.
Weather Themed Songs
Fifteen action songs and rhymes all about the Weather to get those bodies moving and grooving. Click on the image to head over to the post.
Weather Themed Books
Twenty-five of the best story picture books that are perfect for a theme all about the Weather. Click on the image below to read what these books are about.
Weather Themed Literacy Activities
Activity 1: Weather Report Book
What you need:
- Weather Report Book printed out and assembled
- A thermometer or somewhere to check the temperature each day
- Coloring pencils/ markers
How to use this resource:
Print the cover page and 5 copies of the report for each child. Assemble into a book. Children complete the report everyday for 5 days during an outside walk.
Activity 2: Sentence Flip-book
Children cut out the weather pictures and assemble into a mini-book. Stick the book in the space provided on the sentence building worksheet. Two worksheets are provided. One for children that can write already and one for children that are still tracing.
Weather Themed Math Activities
Center 1: Raindrop Counting
Laminate all the sheets. Child throws a dice and make that amount of ‘raindrops’ using play dough. They place it in the first block. Throw the dice again and place that number of raindrops in the second block. Count all the raindrops and write the answer at the bottom of the page.
Center 2: I Spy Graphing
Count the pictures on the ‘I Spy’ Sheet’. Color the correct number of blocks on the graph. Compare.
Center 3: Counting On Dice Game
Cut out pictures of rockets and laminate. Laminate the ‘Counting On’ sheets. Cut a groove from the bottom of the page to number 0, and from the top of the page to number 14. Tie a string around. Attach the rocket to the string.
Game Instructions: Put the rocket on 0. Throw the dice and move that number of spaces on. Record on the recording sheet. Throw the dice again and move that number of spaces on. Record on recording sheet. Record answer on recording sheet.
Center 4: Raindrop Addition Fine-motor center
Cut out and laminate all the clouds and raindrops. Punch two holes at the bottom of each cloud and one hole at the top of each raindrop. Children connect the raindrops to the cloud using paper clips or other connectors. Count all the raindrops and write the answer in the space provided on the cloud
Weather Themed Art: Rainbow Collages
Divide the class into groups of 4. Give each group an A3 sheet of white paper with a rainbow template drawn on it beforehand. Give each group red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple & pink construction paper. Children tear these pieces up and decorate the rainbows.
Weather Themed Science
I found these two Weather Themed Science Activities over at lifewithmoorebabies.com (What Causes a Thunderstorm?) and playdoughtoplato.com (Water Cycle in a Bag). Click on the links or images to head over to their blogs for full instructions.
Show children examples of windsocks on google. Then give them paper, tape and paper streamers and ask them to create their own windsocks
Weather Themed Snack Idea
I also found the idea for these Jello and Whipped Cream Clouds at letsplaylearn.com. You will need blue jelly and whipped cream. Put these all together as seen in the picture, and enjoy!