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The Weather Treasure Hunt

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This weather learning activity develops thinking skills and memory through visual processing.

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The Weather Treasure Hunt

This weather learning activity develops thinking skills and memory through visual processing.

What you’ll need:

An image of a stick, different items of clothing for different types of weather, a sandy outdoor area and a weather symbol.

What to do:

Go outside with your child and talk about what the weather is like today. Draw the symbol for today’s weather in the sand using the stick. Talk about the clothes you are both wearing and whether those are the right clothes for today’s weather.

Now ask your child to draw symbols in the sand for other types of weather, such as raindrops for a rainy day, a cloud and lightning bolt for a storm, and so on. As they draw each symbol, discuss what kind of clothes you would wear in that kind of weather. You can show them examples of those kinds of clothes if you have them (you can also use pictures of different clothing items cut from magazines). Talk about kinds of weather that happen in other parts of world and which we may not see, such as tornados and snow. Discuss how some people don’t have the clothes or shelter they may need to protect themselves from the weather.

Alternative Materials:

An image of paper, crayons, marker pens, poster paint and pictures from magazines

Change it up:

Make it easy: Draw the symbols for your child and explain what they mean then ask your child to describe what kind of clothes they would wear for that weather.

Make it a challenge: Don’t show your child pictures of clothes, just ask them to describe the kinds of clothes they’d wear. Show your child some pictures of a person wearing the ‘wrong’ kinds of clothes for the weather – you can draw or collage these in advance – and ask them to tell you what’s wrong and how to correct it.

Play with friends: Add to the activity by asking the children to pair up or get into groups and talk about some examples of fun activities they might do in each kind of weather, such as swimming in hot weather, jumping in puddles in rainy weather and so on.

Indoor play: You can do this activity indoors if you can look out the window to see the day’s weather.

Developmental areas:

  • Staying in control of yourself

  • Understanding your surroundings

  • memory

  • Task management

  • Thinking Skills

Values:

Compassion; appreciation; love of nature; self-awareness.