I've created a weather board for my childminding setting and I just had to share it. The kids and I love it.
This post contains affiliate links and explains how I made the weather board, along with the learning benefits it has.
Not only is it fun pretending to be the weather man (or woman) from the television but it has so many learning benefits too...
Understanding the world
🍂It teaches the children to be observant and pay attention to their surroundings - the kids in my care will be able to set the weather each day and learn about the seasons, which they will also change when the time calls.
❄️I will occasionally set the board myself, but will set it incorrectly. This will encourage the children to think critically, by not accepting what is in front of them for face value and having the confidence to constructively challenge what has been presented to them.
🌻the moving of the symbols will help develop fine and gross motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination.
Communication and Language
🌞speaking about the symbols will encourage language development - talking about what each symbols is & means. As well as talking about the past, present and future (what the weather was like yesterday, how it is today and what could it be like tomorrow) and talking about what we know about the seasons.
weather symbols for kids
To create this board I simply googled 'weather symbols for kids' and this came up...
I cut out the symbols and discarded the words (although they could be used to enhance learning in other areas such as reading and spelling etc), then I popped them into a laminating pouch and laminated them.
As well as weather symbols I wanted pictures for the seasons too
This is what I found on google images...
Again I cut out what I wanted and laminated it.
Using blue tack I stuck them to my and hey presto the weather board is done.
You don't need a white board screwed to your wall at home to create this. I only have one as I've set this up in my childminding room. Here are some variations I've found on Pinterest...
Such a fun and simple activity with so many educational benefits for young learners without them even realising they are learning! Perfect!