Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Star News ChannelITALIC Thank you Kristi K for this suggestion!
Some activities are observation plus presentation! During the weather theme in the classroom circle time, the children would read the thermometer, observe the outdoor weather, and then give us a weather report on the "Star News Channel"
They do this by using microphones, lights and cameras! Based on the weather, they would give the class recommendations on activities which would be good to do on that day (fly kite, stay indoors, jump in puddles, etc.)
EXTENSION: I would extend this by having a Weather Channel Station set up in dramatic play for the week!
There are several songs you can sing about weather!
Weather Theme SongThis one is sung to the tune of Clementine
What's the weather? What's the weather? What's the weather like today?
Tell me children what's the weather?
What's the weather like today?
Is it sunny, is it rainy, is it windy out today?
Tell me children what's the weather, what's the weather like today?
What is the Weather?Sung to Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?
The teachers at a preschool I directed in Nebraska sang this with the children each day at circle time before they charted the weather on their weather board.
Oh what is the weather, the weather, the weather? (Holding hands up as if asking a questions)
Oh what is the weather like outside today?
Is is sunny? (Make a large "O" or sun shape with your arms over your head).
Or rainy? (Wiggle fingers on both hands and move hands from over our head down to your knees).
Or snowy? (Hands palms out and move quickly from side to side...this is my favorite part of the song! ;)
Or cloudy? (Use hands to make puffy clouds in front of you).
Oh what is the weather like outside today?!!
Hot or Cold Weather Theme Game
Describe different types of weather or places and have them tell you if it is cold or hot!
For example, tell the children you are at the beach, the sun is shining and people are swimming in the water.
Try then telling the children that you are at the beach, but there are no people there but you. The sun is shining, but the water is frozen! And there is snow on the beach!
See if they can name the season or type of weather!
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Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Weather Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
W is for Weather and Waffles!
Bring in a toaster and some frozen waffles for snack. Don't forget fruit and other toppings!
OR...if you have a waffle iron, have the children help you mix the ingredients and then you can cook them fresh!
Here is one recipe:
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup of melted margarine or butter
1 egg, separated
Mix dry ingredients into a bowl.
Stir in the milk margarine and egg YOLK until blended.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg white with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
Fold flour mix into the egg white.
Pour into waffle iron (about 2/3 cup at a time) after it has been heated up.
Be sure to cook away from children......trust me.......accidents can happen, don't let them with the waffle iron!
This recipe makes about three 8 inch waffles (when cut in half, enough for 6 children)
Weather Theme Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
Where is the Air?
Materials needed: a large bin or bowl (clear), a cup and water
Talk to the children about air. Where is it? How do they know?
Fill the bowl about 3/4 full.
Hold the cup upside down and push it to the bottom. Ask the children if there is air or water in the cup? How do they know?
When they are done discussing, tip the cup and watch the bubbles!
Ask the children why they think there were bubbles.
There was air in the cup and when you tipped it, the air escaped..as air bubbles.
EXTENSION: Give each child a straw and let them blow INTO the tub (or cups) of water to make air bubbles.
When talking about weather, we usually talk a lot about air. We can't see it but we know it is there.....in the wind, in bubbles and now, in this flying contraption!
Materials needed: CDs, the push up tops from dish detergent (the ones you pop up for open and push back down for closed), hot glue gun, balloons.
It would be best to get donations of the detergent tops and cds from parents. You'll need one of each for each child.
Close all the push up tops.
Hot glue them over the center hole of the CD.
With the children:
Blow up a balloon and have them help you place it over the detergent top (be sure it is in the closed position!).
Ask the children what they think will happen.
Gently squeeze the neck of the balloon and feel for the pop up top and gently open it!
The air will push through the opening in the disc. It creates a layer or cushion of air under the CD which makes it glide.
Especially cool to see it glide over a table....like a Hover Craft from Back to the Future!
VARIATION: Rather than make one for each child and having to blow up balloons over and over for all of them (wow!), help them to each make one and place in a bag with directions on how to use for them to take home.
Make one in the classroom and have fun with that one!
The children can guess how far it will glide or float!
See my Pinterest page for a picture of this craft! The pinterest button is at the bottom of this page!
What's In The Sky?Thanks Danielle B. for this suggestion!
Materials needed: journals, pencils
Take the children outside and observe the sky. Ask what they see. Come back inside and encourage the children to draw and write in their journals about what they saw in the sky and also what they might see in the sky.
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