It’s Groundhog Day! Are you tuning in with your family to see if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow? Even if relying on a groundhog’s predictive skills isn’t the most accurate way of determining weather patterns, the tradition can be a fun one for your family to engage in! Not to mention it’s a great segue into conversations on weather, seasons, and how you can forecast weather patterns with your kids! Here are a few of our favorite ways to promote science play with weather toys:
1. Track the Weather
Introduce isobars, jet streams, wind chills and more with this super-sized 44″W x 28″H weather map of the U.S. and Canada. Use bar and line graphs to chart temperature changes across the cities! A write-on/wipe-off board is included for easy display. Educator’s guide with weather terms, activities, vinyl cling weather symbols and recording charts included.
2. Weather Today Carpet
Settle in for weather talks with the Weather Today Carpet! It’s a stimulating visual for season changes and the months they take place in. Not to mention the adorable cloud pictures that are included for creative weather pattern display!
3. Dress for the Weather
Engage toddlers with this creative puzzle! Discuss each season while putting the puzzle together and dressing each character for the appropriate season. Flip each season to reveal a seasonal stencil for extra enrichment!
4. Weekly Weather Calendar Chart
Peek outside and see what the weather looks like! Teach children to observe weather patterns for different days and seasons as they fill out the weekly chart with fun weather and number cards! Make hypothesizes about what the week will bring while putting observation skills to the test.
5. Weather Vocabulary for Young Readers
Boost non-fiction skills in children with weather terms! This engaging book will expand children’s vocabulary as they absorb scientific concepts behind different types of weather. Includes diagrams, captions, a glossary, and comprehension questions for extended learning!
Not quite sure how weather relates to natural earth processes? Learn with your little scientist as you read through the Hot Dots Science Set, Earth & Weather to learn key science concepts and build vocabulary. Comes with 36 double-sided illustrated cards with questions for comprehension
Have fun forecasting! Let us know by commenting below if you have any creative ways to track the weather.