Archive for the ‘Weather’ Category
Since spring is here (on the calendar anyway) we made some rainsticks today. I figured if it’s going to rain we might as well make a craft about it. And really, I would take the rain over the snow!
Hailey and Hunter decorated paper towel tubes with stickers.
I cut out circles from construction paper to put over the ends. We covered one end with the paper, secured it with a rubber band and then wrapped yarn around it to cover up the rubber band. Then we put cheerios inside the tube and covered the other end.
Hunter playing with his rainstick.
Hailey’s completed rainstick.
Back in July Hailey was working on a science journal. She had wanted to do school all summer long, but then soon after this activity she decided she needed some time off and we never came back and finished our study of clouds. Here is what we did back in July:
Hailey filled out her Observing Nature sheet and she took some pictures of the clouds in the sky.
We read this book about clouds.
Then she cut out some pieces to make a poster about the water cycle.
It turned out so cute! (Printables found at The First Grade Parade.)
Then yesterday while Hailey was off of school (and wanted to do a day of homeschooling to see what it would be like) we did this science experiment:
Cut a 2 liter bottle in half. Put warm water in the bottom, we added blue food coloring to pretend it was the ocean, but that is not necessary. In the top of the bottle add ice, then put the top of the bottle into the bottom of the bottle as pictured. After a little while condensation will start to build up and later on in the day we had enough condensation that it actually “rained” a little bit.
Since we’re learning about weather in March this week I had Hailey make some lion and lamb puppets.
First I painted each of her hands- one yellow and one white. Notice anything unusual about the yellow hand print? Somehow she ended up with 6 fingers on that hand, which I did not notice until later.
After the hand print was dry I drew on a tail, face, and some claws. Hailey added some orange and yellow tissue paper for the mane of the lion.
Then she added some cotton for the lamb.
Here are the lion and the lamb.
We also added a popsicle stick to the back so Hailey can use them as puppets.
We’ve been talking about weather this week and how the weather in March can be like a lion or a lamb. We talked about how windy the weather can be sometimes. I saw a pinwheel over at Preschool Playbook and decided we should make it to help Hailey understand wind.
First you need a square piece of paper. Put an X through the piece of paper. In the middle, I drew a circle around a nickel.
Then Hailey colored both sides of the piece of paper. After she finished coloring, I cut on the lines, stopping at the edge of the circle. Next you have to bend every other corner towards the middle of the paper.
When you have the four pieces in the middle, take a straight pin and push it through all four pieces. Then push the pin into the eraser on an unsharpened pencil.
Hailey loved her pinwheel!