Exploring weather through craft

The children have always loved talking about the weather, wanting to know if it will rain and of course desperate to know when we will get snow. 
The sudden changes from day to day fascinate them as well as annoy them as much as me – they get frustrated being able to play in the garden all weekend as it is beautifully sunny and then having to stay in the following day due to rain – they can of course play outside in the puddles wearing their welly boots and coats but will always strop because the trampoline is now out of bounds until dry again.
Rainbows are the one thing which fascinate them most and they are drawn like a magnet to the window if it is sunny and raining trying to spot a rainbow.  A rainbow is of course an arch of colour visible in the sky when it is both sunny and rainy at the same time.  It is caused by the refraction and dispersion of the sun’s light by rain or other water droplets in the atmosphere. 
With the lack of a rainbow we have made our own – we discussed the components needed for there to be a rainbow: Sun and Rain, we discussed the colours of the rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet and we also talked about things you wear and use when it is sunny and when it rains. 

What we used:
  • Paper plate cut in half
  • Coloured card
  • White paper
  • Felt Pens
  • Scissors
  • Bostik fine and wide glue pen
  • Foam shaped sun (you could cut from card) x 2
To Make:
  • Cut the paper plate in half and then cut a handle shape from the card (or the other half of the plate), stick the handle onto the flat bottom of the plate to make an umbrella
  • On one side of the umbrella draw a rainbow shape following the shape of the plate – colour these sections in the 7 colours of the rainbow
  • Cut strips of white paper all the same size and decorate in a rain effect – we coloured some of ours blue and drew of stuck raindroplets onto the others.  Stick these to the bottom of the umbrella
  • Add a sun to both sides of the umbrella
This really is a simple craft activity however it opens up discussions, gets the children talking and making suggestions about what can be worn in the sun, in the rain and games you can play etc. outside in these weather conditions.

The children certainly enjoyed making this and are already discussing what other weather crafts we could make next – there has been talk about the Sun has got his hat on craft using paper mache so watch this space.

*We are Bostik bloggers and this months theme was weather.*

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