A weather theme in preschool is an ideal theme! Why? Because it has affected the lives of our youngest learners pretty much daily since they were born. In other words, they already have some background knowledge to build upon. I created the Free Printable Weather Pre-K Pack to go along with your other weather lesson plans in preschool, or to tie into daily calendar stuff. Plus, be sure to check out the our awesome weather unit study!
Weather Activities For Preschool
PRINTABLE WEATHER ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOL
LEARNING ABOUT TYPES OF WEATHER AND OTHER WEATHER VOCABULARY CAN EXTEND THROUGHOUT THE DAY INTO MATH, LANGUAGE, AND CIRCLE TIME.
Weather in preschool is a great starting point for other scientific concepts. By learning about weather, kids can learn about graphing, hands-on science experiments, math, vocabulary and more!
The three weather activities included in the Free Printable Weather Pre-K Pack include:
- Spin & Cover Game
- Pattern Cards
- Sentence Building Cards
I like to use weather themed activities as extensions of our daily calendar time, where we fill in the weather chart, check out the window for rain clouds, or look at the weekly weather data. Any weather worksheets for preschool tie in nicely to the students’ existing knowledge on weather.
In addition to reinforcing weather vocabulary, these games teach:
- Visual discrimination
- Sight words
What Can Children Learn About Weather in PreK?
WEATHER ACTIVITIES IN PRESCHOOL
PRE-K WEATHER ACTIVITIES CAN EXTEND FAR AND WIDE! FROM DRAMATIC PLAY, BOOKS AND ART TO SCIENCE ACTIVITIES AND WEATHER MATH ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOL!
Use the three weather printables included in the Pre-K Weather Pack to teach weather-related vocabulary:
Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn About Weather?
Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning about weather helps them understand the world a little bit better.
Connect with Nature: The more children know and understand about the natural world, the more they will connect and understand to natural surroundings.
Understand Cycles: Many things in our world are cyclical: life, seasons, and weather are a few examples. Understanding basic weather gives kids knowledge of general cycles.
Background Knowledge: Learning about weather is a great opportunity to expand vocabulary and background knowledge before delving into more complex science concepts, like the scientific process.
Make Connections: Preschool worksheets about weather, from rain to tornados, helps kids make deeper connections among the types of weather and relate it to themselves.
How to Make The Pre-K Weather Printables
These activities are super easy to assemble and use! Just print on white paper, laminate and go. They are still usable even if you can’t laminate them.
Sentence Building Cards:
You can create lots of sentences with these cards! If you want you can put magnets on the back and use on a white board like we did with the shape pack. Or you can use them in a pocket chart or even on the table like we did this time.
Spin & Cover Game
To play your child spins the spinner (that you create using the paper fastener and paper clip) and then covers one of the matching pictures with a game marker. We used foam blocks. This can also be used as a Bump! game.
Create your own patterns with these weather picture cards. You can even print extra copies of the cards to extend the patterns further or to make more complex patterns.
Extend the Activity
After learning about snowy weather, extend the activity into the sensory bin with cotton ball snow, scoops, and plastic snowflakes for fun weather exploration inside.
Rain Cloud in a Jar
Creating rain in a jar is easy! Add shaving cream to the top of a jar of water, place a few drops of food coloring on top, and watch as the “cloud” gets heavy and the “rain” seeps out into the jar.
Play Dress Up
Young children love dressing up and role-playing as much as color by number. Stock your dress-up area with weather gear of all types and let kids explore what they might wear to a beach day vs. a blizzard.
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