Observing the Weather with Preschoolers

I am warning you that the pictures in this post may be extremely boring to most people…however, they are very exciting to my 3 year old!

I have to start by telling you of My Daughter’s intense fear of thunderstorms.  She has always gone crazy when she hears them.  At night, she runs in our room, screams, cries, whatever.  During the day, she hides under blankets and behind couches.  I wondered how we could help her overcome this fear.

We are currently fitting a lot more science-type learning into our daily lives, so I thought that we could try to observe weather.  I was hoping that thinking about the rain and thunder in a scientific way may help calm My Daughter’s fears.  Here is what we did…

This was spur of the moment activity, which most are around here, so we simply put two empty containers on a table where we could easily see them.  And then we waited....

This was a spur of the moment activity, which most are around here, so we simply put two empty containers on a table where we could easily see them from inside the house.  My Daughter predicted that they would both fill up by the end of the week.   So we waited to find out…..

We checked the containers every morning. It was the first thing that my daughter wanted to do!

We checked the containers every morning. It was the first thing that my kids wanted to do!

We checked the containers every morning.  It was the first thing that my daughter wanted to do!  We could not have picked a more perfect week to do this because it rained a lot and the containers quickly filled up!

We could not have picked a more perfect week to observe the weather because it rained a lot and the containers quickly filled up!

Not only did it rain a ton, but it also hailed!

Not only did it rain a ton, but it also hailed…

And snowed....

And snowed….This was a great, first-hand way to learn and talk about different types of precipitation!

And after a couple of days, the containers were filled up, but we still had a couple more days to observe for a full week.

After a couple of days, the small container was filled up, but we still had a few more days to observe for an entire week.

On the last day it rained and hailed again!

On the last day it rained and hailed again!

My Daughter wanted to feel it...

My Daughter wanted to feel it…

We accomplished a lot this week with our little experiment!  In addition to learning about the weather, we used our observation skills, different senses, and we practiced patience!  It also helped My Daughter experience how long a week is which is so hard for kids to understand.  My Daughter is also A LOT better about thunderstorms.  She seems to understand that they are a part of weather and not some random scary sound.

If my kids were a bit older, there are so many other things that we could do to “dig deeper.”  I would show that although one container was larger, they were both holding the same amount of water by pouring them into measuring cups.  We could also measure and document how much water was added each day.  We could also add thermometers and document how the temperature in the water changes.  This time around was just about observing, discussing, and exploring.

Enjoy!

Miss Jenny

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2 thoughts on “Observing the Weather with Preschoolers

  1. Thank you for sharing a great Science Lesson, and decreasing the fear of Thunderstorms for a child as well as three different types of weather. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Be Blessed, Mtetar

  2. Had left a comment earlier but it doesn’t seem to have been posted 😛
    It’s really nice that the kids got to observe the different types of precipitation 🙂 Looking at weather from a scientific perspective does take away the fear. Glad to know that your daughter has overcome her fear of thunderstorms.

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