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Weather Theme and Activities

Weather Songs and Fingerplays

Eensy Weensy Raindrops (Tune: Eensy, Weensy Spider)
Some eensy, weensy raindrops
Are falling from the sky.
They're filling up the puddles
And dropping in my eye.
Drip, drip and drop, drop,
I love to hear them fall,
For the eensy, weensy raindrops
Mean wet fun for us all.

What's the weather? (Tune: Clementine)
What's the weather? What's the weather?
What's the weather like today?
Tell me children what's the weather?
What's the weather like today?
Is it sunny, is it rainy, is it windy out today?
Tell me children, what's the weather, what's the weather like today?

The Weather One Day
One day the sun was shining bright, (hold up right hand for the sun)
But some clouds came along and it became black as night. (Hold up left hand for the clouds)
Then the rain began to sprinkle onto the ground, (wiggle fingers for the rain coming down)
And soon it was raining all over the town.
But when the clouds had passed on by, (move both hands to the right)
A big beautiful rainbow stretched across the sky. (have your left hand make a rainbow arc over your head)

Weather Art Activities

Wind Chimes
Teacher is to poke holes in a aluminum pie plate. Children can decorate the plate and hang varios items with yarn from the base. Suggest chime materials: Make wind chimes for children to hang outside. Wind chimes can be made of many different things. See what materials the children suggest. Forks, spoons, shells, sticks, pieces of metal, aluminum pie pans etc. Tape record the sound of the chimes and let the children listen to it at circle time or nap time.

Rain Painting
Children drop food coloring on a paper plate. Take outside when raining to observe the running colors and designs.

Rain Sticks
Give each child a paper towel tube and cover one end with paper, then tape shut. Fill the tube with rice and crumbled-up strips of aluminum foil. Tape the other end shut and have children decorate with a variety of materials. When finished, the children can shake their rain stick and down to listen to the homemade sounds of the rain.

Snow Painting
Water down tempra paint and pour into spray bottles. Let children spray paint designs in the snow.

Windsock
Children decorate a large piece of poster paper. Roll the paper and tape it on the edges to create a cylinder shape. Punch a hole on one end to attach a yarn loop. Tape strips of crepe paper or streamers to the other end.

Puffy Paint Cloud Art
Mix three parts shaving cream to one part glue to create puffy paint. Have children paint clouds on blue construction paper. When dry, the paint will be puffy.

Wind painting
Tape a piece of paper onto a table and let kids drop watercolor paints onto paper. Using a straw, have the kids blow the paint like wind to create unique designs.

Weather Math and Science

Weather Graph
Create a chart depicting if each day is sunny, rainy, cloudy, snowy, etc. and keep track of weather for at least a week.

Will the Wind Blow It?
Have a collection of items to show children (such as feather, straw, piece of paper, rock, marker, seashell, etc.). Ask children to predict which items will blow when it is windy. Turn on a fan and place each item in front of the fan to see if their predictions were correct.

Bag of Rain
Put a little soil and grass seed in the bottom of a zippered sandwich bag. Using a spray bottle, let your child generously "mist" the dirt inside the bag, so that it is moist, but not muddy. Zip the bag shut and tape it to a window that receives a lot of sun. After a while, you may see drops of water forming at the top of the bag once a drop gets large big enough it will roll down the sides.

Weather Motor Skills and Movement

Rain Dance
Make the sounds of rain using movement such as: rub their fingers together to make a mist, rub their hands together to make a drizzle, pat knees to make a downpour, stomp the floor to make thunder. Then reverse the movements for the rain to stop.

Weatherman Says
Like Simon Says, play Weatherman Says...be a gentle breeze, be a loud thunderstorm, be snow flurries, etc.

Weather Snacks

Sunshine Snack
Create a sun by placing an orange slice on a plate, use carrot sticks as the sun's rays, raisins or chocolate chips to make a smiley face on the sun, and marshmellows for clouds.

Whipped Cream Clouds
Give each child with a piece of waxed paper, a spoon, and nondairy whipped topping. Have child use their spoon to create a cloud shape. Freeze each child's cloud; then serve.

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