Increasing the amount of time spent with their children may be among many parents’ New Year’s resolutions. Yet, busy schedules can make it difficult for parents and children to spend quality time with each other. A weather calendar activity can be the catalyst for a daily discussion between parents and children. The activity will ensure that parents and children will spend at least a few minutes doing something together every day. (This activity would also work well in elementary school classrooms.)
- Calendar or planner (It should be disposable and have large squares or spaces for writing.)
- Markers, colored pencils, or crayons
- Construction paper
- Glue or double-sided tape
- Small box (for storing cut-outs)
- Pre-fabricated stickers (optional)
- Help the child create symbols for the types of weather typical for their area of the country (an orange circle for the sun, a blue raindrop for rainy weather, a white cloud, etc.).
- Use one piece of paper to draw a weather key that defines each weather symbol.
- Help the child draw and cut out several symbols for each type of expected weather.
- Spend time daily discussing the weather.
- Help the child label each day on the calendar with the symbol(s) appropriate for the day’s weather. Use multiple symbols for days that begin one way but end differently.
Variations on the Activity
Use the calendar to compare each month’s weather.
Use the calendar to talk about the four seasons.
Choose a tree or some other object that is typically affected by the weather and charts its changes on the calendar.
Have the child keep track of how the weather affected his or her mood by writing about it on the calendar or in a journal.
Have the child keep track of how the weather affected his or her activities by writing about them on the calendar or in a journal.
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