Updated: Jul 22
A Companion Guide to Busy Toddler's Playing Preschool Curriculum
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How's the Weather?
Weather is something we all experience but very differently, depending on the climate where you live. We live in the South and happened to be doing this unit during February when the weather was all over the map. One day it was beautiful and warm and the next day we had severe weather and tornado warnings. Then it was cold and windy for a few days, followed by rain, then back to mild and sunny. Suffice it to say, my toddler and I had a lot to talk about! I really liked how this unit brought weather, which is usually happening in the background of our day, to the forefront to show the effect it has on our lives, from what we wear that day to what activities we participate in.
Building Background Knowledge
*Books with an asterisk are my Top 5 Picks to Add to Your Home Library for this unit
Weather Words (and What They Mean) - Gibbons, Gail
Little Cloud* - Carle, Eric
Shapes in the Sky - Sherman, Josepha
What Will the Weather Be Like Today? - Rogers, Paul
Maisy's Wonderful Weather Book* - Cousins, Lucy
A Rainbow of My Own* - Freeman, Don
Additional Book List
Books in bold are also suggested books in another unit.
National Geographic Readers: Weather - Rattini, Kristin Baird
What Will the Weather Be? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out) - DeWitt, Lynda
Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today? (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library) - Rabe, Tish
Gusts and Gales: A Book about Wind - Sherman, Josepha
Sunshine: A Book about Sunlight- Sherman, Josepha
Flakes and Flurries: A Book about Snow- Sherman, Josepha
Clouds (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out) - Rockwell, Anne
The Drop Goes Plop: A First Look at the Water Cycle - Godwin, Sam
It’s Raining - Gibbons, Gail
Tornadoes! - Gibbons, Gail
Hurricanes! - Gibbons, Gail
The Reasons for the Seasons - Gibbons, Gail
A Raindrop’s Journey - Suzanne, Slade
Little Raindrop - IglooBooks
Let it Rain! - Cocca-Leffler, Maryann
Let it Shine! - Cocca-Leffler, Maryann
Let it Snow! - Cocca-Leffler, Maryann
Kite Day - Hillenbrand, Will
The Wind Blew - Hutchins, Pat
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - Barrett, Judi
Sometimes, Rain - Fleming, Meg
Raindrop Plop - Lewison, Wendy Cheyette
Worm Weather - Taft, Jean
Tap Tap Boom Boom - Bluemle, Elizabeth
Pitter Pattern - Hesselberth, Joyce
How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow - Sweeney, Monica
What Makes a Rainbow? Magic Ribbon Book - Schwartz, Betty Ann
The Snowy Day* - Keats, Ezra Jack
Over and Under the Snow - Messner, Kate
Three Snow Bears - Brett, Jan
Small Walt - Verdick, Elizabeth
Katy and the Big Snow - Burton, Virginia Lee
Hurricane - Wiesner, David
Educational Games and Toys
Melissa & Doug Seasons Floor Puzzle - 4 Puzzles, 12 Jumbo Pieces
Developing Life Skills: Take a look at the weather forecast for the day and let your child help you pick out something suitable to wear. Don't forget to include accessories like rain boots or scarves for when its time to leave the house!
Field Trip: Find a children's museum with a "seasons" or "weather" exhibit. We went to one that had a news room where the kids give the weather forecast and a refrigerated igloo to experience the cold.
Role Play: After viewing Can You Imagine That? Meteorologist video, make a poster of the weather for the week (or the next day) and talk about weather words to use. Ask your child to pretend to be the weatherman/woman and record a video on your smart phone of them giving the forecast! Definitely one for the archives.
Imaginative Play: Whisk up some fake snow using equal parts baking soda and shaving cream. Then set up a scene with trains, cars, houses, trees, animals, etc. and sprinkle them with "snow." Pro tip: use an unscented shaving cream. I bought the cheapest stuff they had and the smell was so strong we had to move outside!
Art Activity: Rain Cloud Gravity Painting from A Little Pinch of Perfect
Gross Motor Skills: Clouds and Wind Balloon Toddler Activity from Mama of Littles
Sensory Activity: Ice Table Sensory Bin from Busy Toddler
Science Experiment: Water Cycle in a Bag from Playdough to Plato
Easy Craft: Bubble Wrap Rain Umbrella from 123Homeschool4ME
Letter Review: On a sheet tray, spray a small “cloud” of shaving cream. Draw a letter with your finger and have your child guess. To get them involved in the sensation, hold their hand and use their pointer finger to write the letter. A fun way to review the letters you've learned so far!
Extension: Collect data like a scientist. Create a chart and track precipitation. Make a rain gauge and enter data every day.
Extension: During hurricane season, track the movement of tropical depressions as they move and intensify using coordinates on a map.
What was your favorite part of this unit? What other books did you read? What other activities did you do? Please share your photos and feedback in the Playing Preschool with Busy Toddler Curriculum Facebook Group in Photos/Albums/Year 1 Themes → Weather
Until next time, may your coffee be warm and your toddler be busy!
Up Next: Playing Preschool: Unit 13 - Eggs
See Also: Introduction to Playing Preschool with Busy Toddler, A Companion Guide to Busy Toddler's Playing Preschool Curriculum, Unit 1: Apples, Unit 2: Colors, Unit 3: Nursery Rhymes, Unit 4: Clothing, Unit 5: Food, Unit 6: Five Senses, Unit 7: Teddy Bears, Unit 8: Things That Go Together, Unit 9: Community Helpers, Unit 10: Transportation, Unit 11: On the Farm