Activity: Weather Watcher

Inspired by Femke Herregraven’s works in Our Silver City, 2094, this activity is all about the changing weather.

Things you will need;

  • Cardboard (have a rummage in your recycling bin)
  • Twigs (have a look in the park or garden, or on your way home from school)
  • An empty jar (recycling bin again!)
  • String
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • And some colouring pens or pencils

We love to talk about the weather. Do you have any phrases or sayings in your family about weather? My Granny always said “Chilly bon bons!” when it was cold!

Have a think about all the different types of weather. What clothes might you need in these weathers?

Think of a symbol that could show each type of weather.

Using your card, draw these symbols, clothing, and sayings, then cut them out. You can add a loop of string, so that they can be hung up.

Put your twigs into the jar (like flowers in a vase) and use your ‘tree’ to display the symbols for today's weather.

Keep watching the weather and change your decorations to match what it is like outside.

You could keep a tally chart, and see which symbols you have used the most. Can you see a pattern in these tallys?

Using this information, you could predict what the weather might be like tomorrow?

Tips at home:

  • Keep your weather watching tree near a window, so you can respond to changes in the weather when you notice them.
  • Make a clear space to work.
  • Gather all the things you’ll need before starting.
  • Some children might need support or supervision when cutting.

If you have a go at the activity, we’d love to see your predictions on social media #NCmaking

This activity was created by Play and Learn Facilitator, Susie Lambert

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