Storytime Theme: Weather Watch

This week marks the first official day of fall!  And the kids and I are investigating changes in our weather!  Most exciting of all, they are actively participating in conversations about the weather!  We are using big Fancy Nancy words like “precipitation” and “predictions.”  It’s all very grown up, you know!  🙂

Books:

  • Cloudy Day, Sunny Day  by Donald Crews  (The toddlers explored the difference between a sunny day and a cloudy day, as well as appropriate activities to do on each type of day.)
  • Little Cloud  by Eric Carle (This fun book really captured the toddlers imaginations!  They had a lot of fun figuring out which shapes Little Cloud was making.  And in the end, they thought it was funny he turned into a rain cloud!)
  • What a Wonderful Day to Be a Cow by Carolyn Lesser  (The preK kids loved checking in with the farm animals through all of the seasons with their accompanying weather.)
  • What Is Today’s Weather? By Jennifer Boothroyd (This non-fiction book was great for showing children how to assess the weather, as well as to introduce them to higher level vocabulary)
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett  (This classic story is always a hit with the young kids.  After all, what is not to love about mustard clouds dripping from the sky?  Be warned—the book is a tad on the long side, but the pictures are funny enough to keep their attention!)

Activity

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“The Little Cloud” Puppets: This craft was for my toddlers who read the Eric Carle book of the same name.  They were so happy to make their own cloud to follow them around.  and some of them really enjoyed putting the cotton balls on and taking them back off again!

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Weather Charts:  My PreK kids made these weather charts to take home and tell the weather with every day!  You take a paper plate and divide it into four sections.  Then they cut out corresponding clip art and glued it on.  A caregiver poked the fastener through the arrow (purchased at a teacher supply store) and paper plate.  Easy peasy!

Songs/Fingerplays:                                                                                                      

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