Friday, October 17, 2008

Making Science and Learning Fun

I have been thinking about making a weather chart with my 2 and 1/2 year old son for probably a few weeks, however I was sick during that time, so I only got as far as thinking about it, until this week.

Brady and I watched Sid the Science Kid together on Monday, and they were learning all about charts...what a chart is, what type of information can be put in a chart, how to make a chart, etc. When the show ended, Brady asked if we could make a chart - that was all that I needed! I decided that we would make our weather chart!

I got out a piece of paper and I decided that we would make a circle (pie) chart. I divided it into four parts, and then drew pictures in each of the quadrants:

1. a sun for a sunny day
2. an umbrella and raindrops for a rainy day
3. clouds for a cloudy day
4. a snowman and snowflakes for a snowy day.

Then, I cut out a small circle and wrote on it, "Today's Weather". I put tape on the back of this circle so that Brady could place it on top of the picture that best fit the weather of the day.

We went outside and we started to talk about what the weather was like - we went through each of the quadrants and I would ask him questions like, "Is it raining?" etc. We narrowed it down to a cloudy day, and so Brady put the circle "Today's Weather" in the area where the clouds were, because it was a cloudy day.

This activity was a lot of fun. Brady learned how to narrow his choices down and to pick the correct picture that best described the weather for the day, and he had a blast doing it. We have done it every day since, and he looks forward to completing the weather chart each day.

This is an easy and fun activity to do with your child. The only change that I may make to this chart is to laminate the chart so that it would be easier to move around the "Today's Weather" sticker, or to have an arrow that can spin around.


Livin' Life said...

That's a great idea. I made a weather/weekly calander for the boys when they were about 2 & 3 where they could put up weather symbols to tell what kind of weather we were having that day. They enjoyed it a lot. But that is a great idea too!

Promises Fulfilled said...

Livin' Life - I like that idea too - I think that it is something that I can do with Brady once we start talking about the days of the week. Great idea!

Trish @ Another Piece of the Puzzle said...

How fun - you're such a great mom!

It's probably a good thing you weren't watching the episode where they watch food decay over a period of several days! ;)