Learning through play: Weather Games
Keeping toddlers and kindergarten age children occupied can be quite a challenge at times. We are here to help!
Kids learn best through play and hands-on games are sure to bring a smile to your child’s face, and provide them with the opportunity to learn at the same time.
Spring is the perfect time of year for weather theme activities and here are a few of our favourites from the March Activity Box
Your child can learn about colours as they practice fine motor skills playing with pipe cleaners.
Ask your child to count them and name all the colours they see. Now help put them down in order of the rainbow
colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
Now let’s make a rainbow! Starting with the red pipe cleaner, show your child how to push one end into the Styrofoam (Kids) or colander (Toddlers). Hold it near the tip for best results. Now show them how to make an arch and push the other end into the Styrofoam or colander. Add each colour in order.
Make a weather chart by dividing a paper plate into quarters. Cut your craft foam in half to make 2 dials and punch a hole at the end of each dial. Cut points on the other end. Poke a hole in the centre of the plate. Push the split pin through the dials then through the plate. Secure at the back.
Let your child colour in the pictures and write sunny, rainy, cloudy and windy on each section. Show your child how to use the weather chart. Is it rainy and cloudy? Move one dial to the corresponding section. Check your chart before leaving the house!
Unpack your craft foam and googly eyes. Take out your white glue, permanent marker and scissors. Find a suitable size cup to trace a circle onto your square foam piece. Cut out your circle. Cut your yellow and orange rectangle pieces into 3 equal strips. These will be the sun’s rays. You can cut one edge slightly curved to make it fit neatly around the edge of the circle. Stick the googly eyes onto the circle and draw on a smile.
Show your child the puzzle pieces and point out the colours and shapes. Demonstrate how to build the puzzle and let them try build it on their own. Once they get used to placing the rays around the sun make different colour patterns. Can they count the rays?