Rain, Hail or Shine
The weather is source of
inspiration for many songs and a host of great activities. Weather games
and activities can involve playing out in differing weather conditions,
discussing different weather phenomenon or creating some artwork based
on an experience outdoors.
Children will be amazed by
seemingly magical aspects of the weather like rainbows, and how the sun
and moon seem to disappear but are actually shining in another part of
the world. Some aspects of the weather scare some children, so talking
about how storms form, the reasons for tornadoes or what causes
lightning will help them to overcome their fears.
I still recall as a child
feeling lucky every time I saw a rainbow, and even luckier if I could see
it from one side all the way to the other! Kids love hearing about how
rainbows are formed and will love even more being able to make their
A combination of moisture and sunshine is all that is required.
The sun shines through the droplets of water which act like a prism.
On a sunny day, with your back to the sun, turn your hose onto a fine mist and see the rainbow you create.
The other way to create a rainbow is through the use of a cut-glass prism or a mirror placed in a glass of water.
You are my sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You’ll never know dear how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away
Discussions can involve
how the sun is a star like all other stars, it is the closest star to
us and that the earth rotates around the sun.
Do you have relatives
on the other side of the world? When the sun seems to disappear it
actually shines where they live, while we go to bed. You can use a
lightglobe and a small ball (or a globe of the earth if you have one) to
show how this principle works.
The sun is very bright, it warms the
earth and plants and our bodies too. You can probably also talk about
the importance of wearing sunscreen and also to not look directly at the
sun as it will damage their eyes.
A weather game that can
be played in any location so long as you have some suitable clouds to
watch. What shapes, creatures or animals can be seen in the clouds?
How quickly are they moving?
This leads to questions about what moves clouds and why they come in various colours and shapes.
Changes in the wind, indicate a change in the weather. You can test out the old saying
Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight (means a clear day to follow)
Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning (rain is on it’s way)
After watching clouds outside supply the kids with coloured paper and have them glue on
cotton balls to resemble those that they just saw.
Supply each child with a
piece of blue paper, a cotton ball and white paint. Have the child dip
the cotton ball into the white paint and press onto the paper to make
It’s raining, it’s pouring
The old man is snoring
He went to bed and he bumped his head
And he couldn’t get up in the morning
Walking out in the rain
under the protection of an umbrella, allows you to hear the raindrops
and appreciate the change in the environment without getting soaked.
Watch droplets of water forming on leaves and enjoy the clean smell in
Splashing in puddles- with gumboots and raincoat ofcourse!
snails just after it has rained, they are usually the first to come
out! You can place a length of perspex or clear plastic between two
chairs (or use a window) and put a snail on it so that your child can
lay underneath and watch the trail the snail leaves in its wake.
Rain, rain go away
Come again, another day
Storms and Wild Weather
I Hear Thunder Tune(Frere Jacques)
I hear thunder
I hear thunder
Pitter patter raindrops
Pitter patter raindrops
I’m soaked through.
Many young children are
frightened of thunderstorms and other wild weather conditions. Explain
to them that they are safe inside your home and that it is just some
wild weather passing. Spend some time finding out why certain stormy
conditions are created- you and your kids might learn something
You can discuss any relevant safety aspects of particular extreme weather conditions that affect you where you live.
You can test some stormy folklore to see if it is true…
By counting the seconds between seeing lightning and hearing thunder, you can tell how far away a storm is.