Weather is all around us, shaping the world in countless ways. For preschoolers, understanding the weather can be an exciting adventure that connects them to the natural world. What better way to introduce them to the wonders of weather than through a creative and engaging project like this preschool weather craft?
So, let’s delve into the world of weather with a simple and colorful paper plate craft that is perfect for preschoolers. Not only is this craft fun to make, but it also serves as an excellent educational tool to teach young children about different types of weather and how they impact our daily lives.
Join us as we embark on a journey through rain, sunshine, clouds, and more, all through the magic of crafting. Let’s inspire a love for learning and a sense of wonder about the world around us with this delightful preschool weather craft!
List of Supplies for Preschool Weather Craft
- Paper plate
- Colored craft papers
- Thumb pin
- Marker pen
- Craft glue
- Weather Template
Instructions for Preschool Weather Craft
Select different colored craft papers for the weather signs. You could use grey or white or light blue for the clouds. Trace the cloud patterns on the selected papers and cut them out.
Use a marker pen to draw a border and simple patterns on the paper cloud patterns, they look nice with the small details.
You can select yellow and orange craft papers for the sun craft and the rainbow colors (purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red) for the rainbow patterns; yellow for the thunder, and blue for the raindrops. Once again, trace the patterns on the selected papers and cut them out nicely.
Join the traced cutouts to complete the weather sign pieces (sun, rainbow).
Grab a cloud pattern and stick the small sun pattern on the backside of it, with half of the sun visible from the front; this sign represents partially cloudy weather. Stick the raindrops on the bottom side of any one of the cloud patterns to make the rainy weather sign. Stick the thunder sign on a cloud pattern; stick the 2 small cloud patterns on both ends of the rainbow pattern.
Take the paper plate and mark the center of the plate. Place the indicator’s straight end over the center part of the plate and use a thumb pin to attach the indicator to the preschool weather craft plate. Insert a craft foam on the backside of the pin to make sure that it is safe.
Now attach the weather paper signs around the outer side of the paper plate to complete the preschool weather craft.
More on Teaching Time and Weather
When teaching kids about weather, it’s important to make the learning experience fun, interactive, and relatable. Here are some tips to consider:
Use Visual Aids: Visual aids like pictures, diagrams, or videos can help children visualize different types of weather phenomena such as rain, snow, clouds, and sunshine. These aids can make abstract concepts more concrete and easier for young minds to grasp. The preschool weather craft above is a perfect visual aid.
Incorporate Hands-On Activities: Hands-on activities like the preschool weather craft above can be incredibly effective. Children learn best through doing, so engaging them in making weather-related crafts or experiments can help solidify their understanding.
Make it Relevant: Relate weather concepts to children’s everyday experiences. For example, talk about how they might need an umbrella on a rainy day or how they can enjoy a sunny day at the park. Making weather relevant to their lives helps them connect with the material.
Encourage Observations: Encourage children to observe the weather outside. Ask them questions about what they see and feel, such as “How does the sky look today?” or “What does the air feel like?” This can help them develop observational skills and learn to make connections between their observations and the weather.
Tell Stories: Use storytelling to explain weather concepts. For example, you could read them a story about a rainy day adventure or create your own stories that incorporate different types of weather. Stories can make learning more engaging and memorable.
Here are a few fun storybooks about weather:
Explore Seasons: Weather is closely tied to the seasons, so exploring the different seasons can be a great way to teach kids about weather patterns. Talk about how weather changes with each season and how that affects the world around them.
Be Flexible and Patient: Every child learns at their own pace, so be patient and flexible in your approach. If a concept is challenging for a child to grasp, try approaching it from a different angle or using different teaching methods.
By incorporating these tips into your teaching approach, you can create a fun and engaging learning experience that sparks children’s curiosity about the weather and the world around them. Here are some more resources for teaching your kids about time and weather.
- Months of the Year Worksheets
- Weather Printables and Activities for Kids
- Cloud Activity Set
- Winter Printable Pack