WEATHER WHEEL AND WEATHER JOURNALINGThis was one of my 5 year old favorite activities, he is in a phase where he draws everything so the weather journaling was very interesting to him! I created a weather wheel from cardboard and felt, used weather that we have often in our area and although we rarely have snow I added the snow because my 5 year old loves it.
RAIN ARTThis was my 3 years old favorite activity! I drew the people, taped the umbrellas and people under the umbrella with blue painting tape and taped them to the easel outside (it is messy, they had purple paint all the way from their toes to the top of their heads). I gave the boys complementary colors and pipettes, and let them splash.
4 WEATHER SCIENCE EXPERIMENTSAlex often asks how wind is made we started by making wind in a jar. Since this was a success we did 3 more!
Wind in a jar: we used 2 jars of cold water, colored red, 2 jars of hot water, colored blue (the jars have to be exactly the same size), carefully, use a plastic card to keep the one you are flipping over closed and stack them. Then remove the card. Finally we watched the hot water go or stay up and learned that when hot air meets cold air the hot wants to go up therefore creating wind.
Rain cloud: this one is a classic experiment! Add water and shaving foam to a jar and with a pipette add watercolor (or food coloring). The color will fill the cloud eventually falling out creating "rain". This is an easy and fun activity and even more fun for the boys since pipettes are involved!