Since we were going away on holiday Freya has shown a real interest in the weather so I have worked on some different weather ideas.
First I started by reading the book Oh Say Can You Say What’s The Weather Today. I love these books as they introduce topics in a ‘Cat in the Hat’ style meaning that they are enjoyable on so many different levels.
First of all I started by making these weather symbol cards so that we could talk about different types of weather – they are based on the symbols from the UK met office. I have just added one for wind as they didn’t have one.
I then made a felt weather map so that Freya and Seb could create their own weather maps. Freya especially enjoyed it – but she noticed that you can’t tell whether it is hot or cold.
I quickly looked online and found this idea on Pinterest to make a thermometer so that Freya could see that we use numbers for temperature and what they mean.
Here you can downoad a printble to make the Thermometer.
To make weather more Tactile and Sensory I was inspired by the post by Two-daloo.com for weather sensory bottles. I added a few new ones including thunder by putting a silver sparker coming out of a cloud. A Sunny intervals one – grey pom poms with a yellow one for sun. Finally a rainbow one which I created using pipe cleaners. I didn’t have any glycerin so I made up my own solution with some geletin so that the objects moved a little slower.
I then used the bottles as a matching activity with some Real weather cards that I made Freya and especially Sebastin enjoyed this activity.
As I had a few bottles left over Freya really enjoyed making her own versions too!
Some other cards I have made but haven’t used yet are about the Instruments for weather.
As we are a sailing family I am planning to teach Freya about the Beaufort scale. I found some great images showing the sea state at different wind speeds which I have turned into cards.
As a final activity we talked about the seasons and which seasons weather was most likely to occur.
And there is so much more we could do!!
For more amazing ideas take a look at my Pinterest.