What Is The Weather?

To help my preschooler start learning about the weather we have made a weather wheel and are using it daily as we observe the weather. We have put our weather wheel next to a large window, and try to remember to change it each day or whenever the weather has a visible change.  Autumn seems like a good time for this because in many places the change in season will manifest precipitation in a variety of ways and temperatures vary more throughout the day. It is also a great time to learn about the four seasons.

Click below for a pdf of the weather wheel we colored:


We also chat about how the weather affects our decisions.  I asked questions like, “Should  we go to the playground when there is a lot of rain falling from the clouds?”, and I get answers like, “Yes, we can jump in muddy puddles!” (Nora likes Peppa Pig.)

We have also been reading books about the weather.  I really like the books by Elena Temporin and Anna Milbourne titled Sunny Day, Windy Day, and Snowy Day.

Some songs about weather that I think are fun are:

If All The Raindrops Were Lemon Drops and Gumdrops

If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops, oh what a rain that would be

I’d be standing outside with my mouth open wide..Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah

Oh what a rain that would be

Oh, Rainbow (to the tune of “Oh, Christmas Tree”)

Oh, rainbow, oh, rainbow,
How lovely are your colours.
Oh, rainbow, oh, rainbow,
How lovely are your colours.
Purple, red and orange, too,
Yellow, green and blue so true.
Oh, rainbow, oh, rainbow,
How lovely are your colours

Thunder and Lightning (to the tune of “Pop Goes the Weasel”)

When a storm begins in the clouds

Its glow is oh so brightening.
Watch for the electric spark–
Flash! goes the lightning!

When a storm begins in the clouds,
It truly is a wonder.
You hear a rumble loud in the sky–
Clap! goes the thunder!

Lightning bolts are heating the air,
Over clouds and under.
When the air expands enough–
Clap! goes the thunder.


2 thoughts on “What Is The Weather?

  1. Good activities! If you can, find a place to put a simple outdoor thermometer where you can see it from the inside…..talk about how high the (mercury) line is and what kind of outdoor clothing is appropriate……way back in my teaching school days, I convinced reluctant coat-wearers that they had to wear a jacket or coat if the thermometer showed less than 55 degrees—-5-year-old boys run hot!

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