Preschool Prep Week 10: Weather

Discuss the Weather, see how it changes during the week. source
Thunder Painting: 

Provide grey, black, and white paint at the easel. Play a sound recording of a thunderstorm. Let the child listen to the rainstorm and paint to it. Ask the children how the sounds make them feel. 

Rain Clouds:
Have children glue cotton balls as a cloud. After it dries tape streamers as raindrops coming down. You can find all the instructions on this site

  The adult draws cloud shapes on white paper using a white crayon. The children paint on the paper with thin blue paint and the “invisible” clouds appear through the paint.

Fold blue paper in half. Open, and allow children to drop white paint onto paper. Refold and have children press and smear paint around inside. Open to reveal “inkblot” type cloud pictures.
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. Hang outside.Tape record the sound of the chimes and let the children listen to it at circle time or nap time.

Melt the Rainbow! I'll be making a crayon canvas (finally) thank you cheap school supply sales! (Rainbow: source) (Raining: source. It's HOT here and I've heard to create less splatter from the crayons melting you can put the canvas out in the sun and in a few hours all of the crayons have melted. Heat and sunshine are apart of the weather. Also, I just really want to make one.

 Tornado in a Bottle

Take two 2-liter soda bottles, fill one with water and some food coloring, and connect the bottles with a "tornado tube" (available from Edmund Scientific and many toy stores). (If you're feeling cheap, Dorothy suggests old-fashioned duct tape.) One tube will be upside down, the other rightside up.
Move the water-filled bottle to the top, give the bottles a twist, and a vortex will flow into the lower bottle. Source you can purchase a connector here

Teach children about wind. Even though you can't see it you know it's there. Tie some string onto a bag and let it fly. The wind pushes the bag.

 Rainbow Pops!

Directions: Source
makes twelve 4 oz. popsicles
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 cups pomegranate juice
3 cups lemonade
1 cup orange juice
food coloring (natural food coloring is available at some health food stores)
Dixie cups
wooden popsicle sticks
In a medium sauce pan, heat the sugar and water over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and stir until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, and stir in the corn syrup. Set aside to cool.
Next, prepare and chill the liquid layers:
Red: combine 1 cup pomegranate juice, 2 tablespoons simple syrup, and 2 drops red food coloring.
Orange: combine 1 cup orange juice, 2 tablespoons simple syrup, and 1 drop red and 1 drop yellow food coloring.
Yellow: combine 1 cup lemonade, 2 tablespoons simple syrup, and 1 – 2 drops yellow food coloring.
Green: combine 1 cup lemonade, 2 tablespoons simple syrup, and 1 – 2 drops green food coloring.
Blue: combine 1 cup lemonade, 2 tablespoons simple syrup, and 1 – 2 drops blue food coloring.
Purple: combine 1 cup pomegranate juice, 2 tablespoons simple syrup, and 2 drops blue and 1 drop red food coloring.
Pour the red layer into your Dixie cups, to about 1/4” thickness, and freeze for 30 minutes. Add the orange layer, in the same way, and freeze for another 30 minutes. Place the sticks in the center (the two layers should hold them pretty well), pour in the yellow layer, and freeze for another 30 minutes. Add the green, blue, and purple layers in the same fashion. The purple will come very close to the top of the cup, so handle carefully. Allow the popsicles to freeze for 3 hours, though for optimal curing, let them freeze overnight.
There will be some simple syrup leftover–keep it in your fridge for future popsicle, lemonade, or cocktail making.
To serve, simply make a small incision in the rim of the Dixie cup and tear the cup off.

Another Option: We did this and the kids loved it! Make meringue cookies for clouds like these:
image source  I used THIS recipe.
Some of the meringue cookies I added black food coloring to to look like storm clouds and I didn't use an icing tip to make them look uniform. I wanted the edges to look irregular.

Then I froze drops of blueberry yogurt on a try to be the rain drops. Although the yogurt turned kind of purple. So I would recommend using vanilla yogurt and calling it snow. 



 Go to a park to either play in the rain or lay in the grass and look at cloud shapes. 

        Will the wind blow it? Have the child look around the house for 10 different objects. You might need to help you child get a variety of items that weigh differently. Ex. Feather, rocks, ball of foil, cupcake liner, a toy etc. Use a straw to blow the “wind” and experiment if it moved. Put the object in the corresponding side of a poster marked with yes or no. 

      Umbrella with rain glue drops. Have the child color a picture of an umbrella with crayons. Add large drops of Elmer’s glue (about the size of a dime) on the umbrella and around the page. Hang the picture up so the glue drops drip down the page like rain.

      Sunscreen on construction paper. Grab a bottle of sunscreen and have the child “paint” the sunscreen on the black construction paper. Lay the paper outside in direct sunlight for an hour or so. Bring the paper back in and talk about the importance of sunscreen and how powerful sunshine can be. The construction paper should fade where the sunscreen was not applied. 

      Rain catcher. Let the child think about a way to catch rain. What should the container be made of? How big/small should it be? Let the child decide how you should measure the water. Should they use a ruler, or mark inch increments on the side? Set the container outside while raining and let it collect the rain water. Did the container work? How can you make it better? Will it work for all types of precipitation or just rain?
      Sunshine, cloud, storm, rain play dough. Make play dough in yellow, white, gray and blue colors. Create different types of weather with the play dough:  Sun, partly cloudy, overcast, storm clouds with rain and lightning, tornado, wind, hail.


Other Great Books:
  Down Comes the Rain / Branley, Franklyn M.
Little Cloud / Carle, Eric *
The Cloud Book : words and pictures / DePaola, Tomie
How the Weather Works
It is cloudy/Raining/Windy / Doudna, Kelly
Thunder and Lightning / Flanagan, Alice K
Rain / Flanagan, Alice K
Sun up, sun down / Gibbons, Gail
Weather Words and What They Mean / Gibbons, Gail
Stormy weather / written and illustrated by 
My Rainy Day / Grand, Dee Ann
Pricilla and the Splish Splash Surprise/ Hobbie
Water Cycle / Hughes, Monica
The Wind Blew / Hutchins, Pat *
Cloudette / Lichtenheld, Tom
Cloud Dance / Locker, Thomas,
The Weather Sky / McMillan, Bruce
Sunshine / Miles
A Drop of Water / Morrison, Gordon
Thunder Cake / Polacco
Rainy Rainy Saturday / Prelutsky, Jack
Red rubber boot day / Ray, Mary Lyn
Clouds / Rockwell
Shapes in the Sky : a book about clouds / Sherman, Jos
Kids' book of clouds & sky / Staub, Frank J
Did a Dinosaur Drink this Water? / Wells, Robert E


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