Playing Preschool - Unit 12: Weather

Updated: Sep 28


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

Video Links


Suggested Books

*Books with an asterisk are my Top 5 Picks to Add to Your Home Library for this unit

Additional Book List

Books in bold are also suggested books in another unit.


Non-Fiction

Fiction

Additional Resources/Activities


Educational Games and Toys

Activities

  • 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!




Scaffolding/Extension


  • 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




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