Weather Crafts For Kids

Whether you are on the east coast bracing for the coming storm or not you and your kids are likely noticing a lot of weather changes with the season. Now is a fantastic time to talk all about weather with your kids and make some fun weather themed crafts too.

Puffy Paint Clouds
Rainy Day Rainbow Collage
Weather Station
Sandpaper Sun
Snowy Train Table Play
Cupcake Liner Umbrellas
Paper Plate and Hand Print Sun
Simple Cotton Ball Clouds
Awesome Ice Bergs
Comb Painted Rainbows
Easy Windsocks
Snow Science
Kite k letter craft

Puffy Paint Clouds

Cloud painting

Simple and fun, but still educational ! This cloud painting activity is great sensory experience for toddlers and preschoolers.  It opens up a dialogue about weather too.  You can use the shaving cream puffy paint like we did or simply ( and not as messy) use regular old white paint. I liked that we used the cotton batting to make clouds with” clouds “and my son liked it too but it would be tricky for toddlers if you are using the puffy paint, finger painting would work great since the paint dries puffy.

  1. Gather your materials . You will need some blue construction paper ( we used 2 sheets) , plain white shaving cream, white glue , a spoon, bowl and cotton balls/batting or sponges.Cloud painting
  2. Start by mixing your paint – I used 3/4 cup shaving cream to a 1/4 cup of glue.Cloud painting
  3. Dip your cotton clouds in the paint . Cloud painting
  4. Print it on your paper.Cloud painting
  5. We used a big cloud for one color paper and a smaller piece of cotton for the other. Cloud painting
  6. Let dry- the paint will dry puffy!

Weather Song ( to the tune of Clementine)

What’s the weather?
What’s the weather ? What’s the weather like today?

Tell me _(insert kids name)__ what’s the weather,
What’s the weather like today?Is it sunny?
Is it rainy?
Is it cloudy out today?

Is it snowy?
Is it windy?
What’s the weather like today?

Weather Books

Weather by Pamela Chanko and Daniel Moreton is the perfect little non fiction book about weather for toddlers and young preschoolers. It’s short and has big interesting photos depicting different weather. Don’t be fooled, it looks like nothing, but trust me little guys will ask you to read it again and again. It’s important that children get read a variety of things, not simply fiction, so don’t be afraid to get your child a simple little non fiction book like this one!

I love the rain

I Love The Rain by Margaret Park Bridges is a sweet book about relishing the wet weather instead of hiding from it. Two little girls are on their way home from school, one hiding under her umbrella the other tongue out loving the rain. With a little encouragement both girls are loving all the amazing things about rainy weather, from racing raindrops on the bus windows to comparing the sounds of the rain to tap dancers! Living on the rainy west coast I love books about rain and it was an instant hit with my son.

it looked like spilt milk

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw goes perfectly with our activity. In the book all different shapes are shown and readers can guess they look like ice cream cones, a bird, but really they are all clouds. After reading this simple book I like going outside to see the clouds and see what shapes, and objects we can find in them.

Rainy Day Craft – Cupcake Liner Umbrella Craft

cupcake liner umbrella craft The spring came then left in the rainy pacific north west and my twitter stream has been  filled with others from around the world sharing my woe about dark rainy days. This rainy day craft is a perfect way to talk about weather , have fun and create. Hopefully the sun comes out soon and we can all get back to the best part of springtime, being outside! Hope you love our cupcake liner umbrella craft as much as we do.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper ( any light color) , some blue paper, scissors, cupcake liners ( or coffee liners but you’ll need a larger piece of paper), some paint or markers, glue, tape and pipe cleaners. umbrella craft
  2. Start by having your child paint or decorate the cupcake liners with markers. We are using our Do-a-Dot Art which we love , but markers would be great too. umbrella craft
  3. While they do that cut out some big fat raindrops out of the blue paper. umbrella craft
  4. Add some glue dots to the paper. umbrella craft
  5. Add your rain drops. This is where I usually ask questions about whatever we are making especially if it’s something literal and not free expressive art, So I will say something like ” Where does rain come from?” “Do you like the rain?” He shares his thoughts, I lead him to more questions and the facts. umbrella craft
  6. Fold the cupcake liners in half or cut. Then I bent and added the pipe cleaners to the  with tape. umbrella craft umbrella craft
  7. Add more glue for your umbrellas. umbrella craft
  8. Add the umbrellas and let dry. umbrella craft

Books

I love the rain

I Love The Rain by Margaret Park Bridges is a sweet book about relishing the wet weather instead of hiding from it. Two little girls are on their way home from school, one hiding under her umbrella the other tongue out loving the rain. With a little encouragement both girls are loving all the amazing things about rainy weather, from racing raindrops on the bus windows to comparing the sounds of the rain to tap dancers! Living on the rainy west coast I love books about rain and it was an instant hit with my son.

Rainy Day Slug

Rainy Day Slug by Mary Palenick Colburn is a slimy story about a banana slug that makes his way from the garden through a yard, and into a house. My son loved this simple book. When the slug makes his way into a little boy’s bedroom and eventually across his cheek, which wakes him up with a startle which my son thought was amazingly entertaining. We also loved the references to Seattle, a painting with the Space Needle and a Mariners pendant in the little boys room, I was impressed my son picked up on it.

Rain makes applesauce

Rain Makes Applesauce by Julian Scheer  is a fantastical book. It’s obtuse and silly and my son didn’t get it at all. I liked the fantasy of it. Each page has  silly statements with coordinating detailed illustrations by Marvin Bileck that really steal the show, followed by ” And rain makes applesauce”. My son did catch on to the repetition quickly and enjoyed adding it after each page. That said when I asked him what he thought , he said ” I’m not going to read it again, it was too silly, but not funny silly.” I think he is simply too young to appreciate the book, although wonder if he’d be interested by the time he is old enough to, I hope so!  This book is out of print but many libraries carry it so check it out !

Magnetic Weather Station

weather activity for preschool

This was an instant hit. Even though he didn’t help me make it , it has been played with a ton. I think I may have a young Willard Scott on my hands. As a teacher I included checking the weather in my daily circle time, even with kids as young as 2 this sparks interest in science in a way that is relevant to their daily lives.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a magnetic surface ( or cookie sheet), some magnetic letters, 4-5 sheets of foam, 4 magnets , a marker, scissors and glue.
  2. Start by drawing a sun, wind, cloud and a rain drop or umbrella on the foam. Had it been winter when we made this I’d add in snow.
  3. Add the magnets to the back with glue and let dry. Please remember if you are doing this with little ones that are still putting things in their mouths, use long flat magnets not ones that could be swallowed, or pose a chocking hazard. Adhesive magnetic sheets are a great option too.
  4. Add your signage, we only had one E, so a backwards 3 works in a pinch.
  5. Have your little meteorologist check the weather at the window
  6. And choose the appropriate magnet to put up.
Books!

” Weather”by Pamela Chanko and Daniel Moreton is the perfect little non fiction book about weather for toddlers and young preschoolers. It’s short and has big interesting photos depicting different weather. Don’t be fooled, it looks like nothing, but trust me little guys will ask you to read it again and again. It’s important that children get read a variety of things, not simply fiction, so don’t be afraid to get your child a simple little non fiction book like this one!
“What Will the Weather Be Like Today?” by Paul Rodgers is another wonderful weather book. It takes readers to all different environments from desserts to deep in the ocean and talks about the weather or lack of weather in each. I like the illustrations and the rhyming text, as well as the special section at the end of the book that uses photographs of children in different weather and asks the readers to answer questions about the photographs. Great teaching tool for preschoolers.

 

Winter Sun Break !

 

My mother in law was asking me what I could make with hand prints besides a turkey, and this sun topped my long list of crafts. We all need a little sun during the dark days of winter, this craft is so easy and fits well with themes likes space, seasons, and learning about weather !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, some construction paper, yellow paint, a paint brush , a container, glue and scissors.
  2. Start by tracing your child’s hand a few times on a piece of construction paper. I am using yellow paper but white or orange would work too. In a class you can do one of each child’s hand if you want to make a large sun as a cooperative project.
  3. Cut out.
  4. Have your child paint the paper plate yellow. We are using a number of different paints, for variety but plain yellow paint , crayons or markers are all great.
  5. Add some sparkle paint, bet you thought I was done sparkles just because the holidays are over!
  6. Paint the cut out hands. My son decided he wanted to dip them in the paint and the result was really cool. You can also simply use the brush if you prefer.
  7. Let dry.
  8. Glue the hands on the under side of the plate.
  9. Bask in the glow!!
Song !


Mr. Sun, Sun Mr. Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me!
Oh Mr. Sun , Sun Mr. Golden Sun,
hiding behind a tree!
These little children are asking you ,
to please come out so we can play with
you,
Oh Mr. Sun, Sun Mr.Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me!

Books!

” The Sun Is My Favorite Star”by Frank Asch is a great true introduction to astronomy for young kids. The book walks the line between story book and non fiction with figurative language but will keep kids interested while teaching very very basic facts about the sun. The illustrations are interesting and seem to glow all by themselves. “Un Brella” by Scott Franson is such a cool book. There is not a single line of text in the book , and it’s not missing a thing! The illustrations are so vivid, so layered and tell the story perfectly. A little girl has a magical umbrella that brings sun on a snowy day and snow when her yard is green and sunny. My 2 year old was beside himself laughing and saying “No no” to the little girl wearing her swim suit in the snow. Grab this book and enjoy!