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'Weather' is a topic with infinite variety, as well as potential for encouraging children to think about others, with links possible to extremes such as drought or flood. It also has the virtue of being instantly accessible to the children, the climate in our country offering such constantly variable weather conditions!

 

Below you will find topic activities and ideas organised into the six areas of learning. There are also two detailed focus plans for each area of learning - these are given as downloadable documents in two popular formats: MS Word and Adobe Acrobat Reader (pdf). A mindmap is given as an easy reference sheet, and this is accompanied by a recommended booklist.

 

Personal Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Communication, language and literacy (CLL)

Knowledge and understanding of the world (KUW)

Mathematical Development (MD)

Physical Development (PD)

Creative Development (CD)

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Ideas and Suggestions

  • Malleable materials
  • Circle Times
  • Weather boxes
  • Clothing and precautions necessary
  • Looking at extreme weather
  • Making bird cakes
  • Pollution and it’s effects
  • Helping each other
  • Winter/summer discussions
  • Hand and footprints

Activities

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Communication, language and literacy (CLL)

Ideas and Suggestions:

  • Books about weather – fiction and non-fiction
  • Discussions about weather – what we like/don’t like, how we feel
  • Winter/summer discussions
  • Make weather charts
  • Record weather on a daily basis
  • Seasonal changes
  • Circle times
  • Looking at books and pictures of different climates
  • Predicting the weather from signs
  • Why it rains, snows etc.
  • Flood, drought, etc
  • What we need to wear and why.
  • Make a weather diary

Activities

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list of activities in MS Word and pdf format

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Knowledge and understanding of the world (KUW)

Ideas and Suggestions:

  • Design and make area
  • Make rain gauges, wind socks, kites, umbrellas etc
  • The water cycle
  • Different types of clouds
  • Make rainbows
  • Investigate the effect of water on different materials
  • Tape and play back our own weather forecasts
  • How extreme weather affects people
  • Looking at puddles and shadows
  • Ice play
  • Hibernation
  • Seasonal changes

Activities

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Display example

Click here for gallery photo of rainbow display

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Mathematical Development (MD)

Ideas and Suggestions:

  • How many wet/dry days?
  • Measure rain collected in rain gauges
  • Comparing wellington boots
  • Play dough
  • Observe and record temperatures
  • Tangrams
  • Patterns of wellington prints
  • Matching gloves
  • Sequencing weather pictures
  • Concentric circles – raindrops in puddles
  • Comparing snow/ice volume to it’s thawed state

Activites

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Physical Development (PD)

Ideas and Suggestions:

  • Clothing for weather conditions
  • Keeping warm/cool
  • Movement sessions to suggest weather conditions
  • Playing in puddles/snow
  • How animals cope with extremes
  • Make shadow puppets
  • Making kites
  • Parachute or lycra play
  • Ring and running/chasing games
  • Making dens or shelters
  • Make windsocks, rain gauges
  • Design and make area
  • Effects of the sun

Activites

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Creative Development (CD)

Ideas and Suggestions:

  • Colour mixing
  • Colour spinners
  • Colours to suggest weather/temperature
  • Songs
  • Dance sessions
  • Making music to suggest weather
  • Weather mobiles
  • Role play weather centre
  • Acting out weather stories
  • Weather stories, rhymes and songs
  • Blown pictures for windy days
  • Summer camping role play
  • Make windmills/snowflakes
  • Making rainbows

Activites

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'Weather' Forum

Accompanying this article we have a dedicated Forum area - please feel free to join in and contribute to discussions and suggestions on the topic. Find the 'Weather' forum here

Other Resources

  • A booklist is available here
  • 'mindmap' document in MS Word format - click here


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