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Preschool Weather Activities and Crafts

Weather Preschool and Kindergarten theme and lesson plans

Preschool and Kindergarten Weather Activities, Lessons, and Crafts. "April showers bring May flowers." This saying reminds us that rain helps flowers to grow. It also helps vegetables and other plants to grow. Rain is very important. Without it our rivers and lakes would be empty and we wouldn't have enough water to drink. Use our great weather, rain, clouds, and rainbow activities and printables to help your children learn about the water cycle and the many ways that people use water. Our weather unit and lessons also provide opportunities for your children to learn about weather and its effects. With our fun preschool and kindergarten activities and lessons, children will be able to practice many skills—letter recoginition, counting and numbers, science observation and exploration, and writing, as well as expanding their vocabulary and engaging in other literacy activities. Our weather theme is organized in such a way that you can quickly choose the activities, lessons, and crafts that are just right for your children.

With our Weather lesson plans and activities your preschool and kindergarten children will

  1. Acquire new weather vocabulary
  2. Write about their favorite weather 
  3. Learn about the water cycle, rain, and rainbows
  4. Explore the rainbow colors
  5. Experience and disover the power of the sun
  6. Practice fine motor skills 
  7. Discover the properties of wind

Samples of our Peschool and Kindergarten weather crafts and activities available in our KidsSoup Resource Library:

Themes and Projects

 
The Weather and the Four Seasons Lesson Plan
 
Clouds Lesson Plan
 
The Sun Lesson Plan

Crafts

 
Snowman Weather Dial
 
Sun Visor Craft and Sun Safety
 
Mr. Sun Hand Puppet

Activities and Lessons

 
One Little Rain Cloud Felt Story
 
Groundhog Day Weather Prediction Activities
 
Make It Rain! Letters of the Alphabet

Math

 
Counting Clouds
 
Groundhog Day Weather Prediction Activities
 
Rain Clouds Numbers 1-10

Science and Exploration

 
The Weather and the Four Seasons Lesson Plan
 
Cloudy Sky Cooperation and Fine Motor Skills
 
Simulating the Wind

Games

 
Weather Visual Discrimination Matching Game
 
Mr. Sun Uppercase and Lowercase Letters Matching
 
Going Around the Sun Board Game

Movement

 
Weather Obstacle Course
 
Let’s Go Fly a Kite Craft
 
Rainbow Writing Sensory Play

Booklets and Other

 
Weather Weekly Plan
 
Lily and Twiggi's Windy Day Walk Emergent Reader
 
The Little Raindrop Story Booklet

Worksheets

 
Whether the Weather - Recognizing the Letter W
 
What's the Weather Today?
 
The Water Cycle

In The Classroom

 
Sun Visor Craft and Sun Safety
 
Cloudy Sky Cooperation and Fine Motor Skills
 
Weather Obstacle Course
Free Weather Crafts, Preschool Activities, and Printables

Preschool Weather Centers

Dramatic Play Area

Daily Weather Report (Weather Cards and Activitiy available inside our KidsSoup Resource Libary)
 
 
Preschool weather dramatic play center idea and activity
Preschool Activities: 
 

Sensory Play

Cloudy Sky
Attach some contact paper sticky side out on a window. Provide cotton balls, a felt sun, and some felt rain drops to place on the sticky and let children make the weather of the day, or some cloud pictures.
 
Weather and clouds preschool activity and sensory play
Preschool Activities: 
 

Gross Motor Skills

Puddle Jumping
Take children outside and draw some circles with chalk on the floor. Encourge children to empty a bucket full of water in each circle. Then, let children jump from puddle to puddle or over the puddle. Indoors: Cut out some puddle shapes out of blue craft paper and attach on the floor.
 

Weather Circle Time Activities

What's the Weather Today?  (Printables and lesson available inside our KidsSoup Resource Libary)
Chart the weather for each day of the month or week. The month of April is a great time because in many areas the weather can vary greatly. Ask children to name as many descriptive words as they can about the day! For example, is it sunny, warm, rainy, cloudy, windy, cold, etc? Place the weather card on the appropriate day of the week on the My Weekly Weather Report chart.
 
Weather cards and activities for preschool
Preschool Activities: 

Extension Activity: Let children choose and sort the clothing and talk about the activities they can do in that type of weather.

Weather preschool and kindergarten activity
Preschool Activities: 

Umbrella Walk
Talk about umbrellas with children. Explain that people use umbrellas to keep the sun and rain off. Open up an umbrella and have children see how many of them can fit under it. Go for a walk with children in the rain with the umbrella. Have them listen to the rain as it hits the umbrella. If it's sunny, go for a walk with children and the umbrella and discuss how the umbrella shades them from the sun. After children are back inside make a coffee filter umbrella craft. 

Coffee Filter Umbrella Craft (Craft description with step-by-step pictures available inside our KidsSoup Resource Libary)
Wet the circle coffee filter with water. Use a paintbrush to drip watercolors on the wet paper. Let dry. Fold the coffee filter two times. Twist two pipe cleaners together and form in to a cane shape. Insert the pipe cleaner inside the umbrella. Add a stapler to the bottom of the umbrella. 

Umbrella craft
Preschool Activities: 
Weather Rhymes and Book Suggestion

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Rain, rain, go away.
Come again some other day.
We want to go outside and play.
Come again some other day.

Rain on the Green Grass

Rain on the green grass,
And rain on the trees.
Rain on the rooftop,
But not on me!

Weather Watch preschool and kindergarten weekly plan and lessons (Printables and lesson available inside our KidsSoup Resource Libary)

Eency-Weency Spider
The eency-weency spider

Went up the water spout. (Move hands up while touching index finger and thumb alternately.)
Down came the rain (Move hands down while wiggling fingers.)
And washed the spider out. (Cross arms.)
Out came the sun (Make a circle with arms above head.)
And dried up all the rain.
And the eency-weency spider

Went up the spout again. (Start spider moving up again.)

Science Activity Evaporation
Fill two jars with the same amount of water and mark the level of the water on the outside of the jars. Put a lid on one of the jars. Place the jars in a sunny place for a few days. Discuss with children what happened. Have children note that there is more water gone from the jar without lid and that inside the jar with the lid they can see tiny drops of water. Ask questions like: What happened to the water in the jar with no lid? (The water went into the air. It evaporated.) What happened to the water in the jar with a lid? (The water stayed in the jar, Because of the lid, the water wasn?t able to escape or evaporate.)

Rainbows Activities and Lessons

Rainbow Colors

Rainbow purple,
Rainbow blue,
Rainbow green and yellow, too.
Rainbow orange,
Rainbow red,
Rainbow smiling overhead.
(Author unknown)

Rainbow Salad Snack
Let children make a "rainbow" salad using the following fruits: red strawberries, orange oranges, yellow pineapple, green apples, blue blueberries, and purple grapes. Children will learn the colors of the rainbow while making and eating a delicious and nutritious snack!

Free Weather Printables
weather worksheet rain worksheet rain prewriting skill worksheet    
Umbrella Tracing Worksheet
   

 

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