Weather Theme

Pre-K & Preschool theme ideas for learning about the weather

Find more Weather Activities for Pre-K on the category page.

Books

Check here for a complete list of Books about Weather!

Weather Books for Pre-K

Rainy and Stormy Weather Activities

Little Wiggle Worm Fingerplay

The little wiggle worm
(wiggle pipe cleaner worm)
Went crawling underground.
(wiggle worm under hand)
Down came the rain;
(wiggle fingers downward)
Soon mud was all around.
(make a disgusted face; open arms wide)
Rain filled the tunnels
(open hand; move fingers together)
And pushed the little worm.
(push worm through the other hand)
So the puddles on the ground
(make an O with hand)
Were the only place to squirm.
(wiggle worm into O)

Rain Dance

{Large Group}
Children rub their fingers together to make a mist, rub their hands together to make a drizzle, pat knees to make a downpour, stomp the floor to make thunder. Then reverse the movements for the rain to stop.

Rainbows

{Art}
We use markers to draw colored arcs on half of a coffee filter, paint over the filter with the water, and watch the colors blend together.

Coffee Filter Rainbow

 Raindrop Counting

{Math}
We use blue felt for our math mats and clear flat floral marbles for the raindrop counters. The children listen for thunderclaps (the teacher clapping hands a certain amount of times), and place that amount of raindrops on the mat. For example, four claps mean to count four raindrops onto the cloud.

Raindrop Counting

Umbrella Grid Game

{Math}
Read about and print the Umbrella Grid Game here.

Umbrella Grid Game

Umbrella Stamping Game

{Math or Literacy}
Read about and print the Umbrella Bingo Game here.

Umbrella Bingo Marker Game

Prism Rainbows

{Science}
Children explore prisms to see how light gives us rainbows. The children draw a picture of what they see in the prism. (Children are exploring properties of light.)

Mud Pies

{Cooking}
We mix two packages of instant chocolate pudding. The children help add the “dirt” (pudding mix) and “rain” (milk) to make “mud.” To make this part extra fun, I punch holes in a styrofoam bowl and when the children pour the milk into the bowl it drips like rain into the mixing bowl. The children help mix the mud with a spoon. I give each child two Oreos in a ziplock bag to crush to make some extra dirt. Each child places a gummi worm in a cup, adds the pudding “mud” and the crushed “dirt”.

Rain Prop Box

{Dramatic Play Center}
Raincoats, Rain boots, Umbrellas, Rain/thunder sounds CD

Windy Weather Activities

Windsocks

{Art, Science}
Children decorate white construction paper, and glue rainbow colored crepe streamers along the bottom. We bend the paper into a tube and staple it. Last, we punch two holes in the top and tie yarn to make a hanger.

windsock

What Can the Wind Move?

{Science}
Read the blog post: What Can the Wind Move?

Cloudy Weather Activities

Cloud Art

{Art}
After reading the book, It Looked Like Spilt Milk, we clipp cotton balls in clothespins, dip them in white paint, and use them to paint clouds onto blue paper. The children paint their clouds to resemble other shapes, such as a dog, castle, horse, etc. Each page saays: “It looked like ________.”

It Looked Like Spilt Milk Art Activity

Sunny and Warm Weather Activities

Fans

{Art}
Children fold paper fans and decorate them with crayons or markers.

Warm Weather Fan for Kids to make

Mr. Sun Song Book

This song book for Mr. Sun can be printed or projected as a slideshow. Go to the Song Books page to download.

Mr Sun Song Book

Cold Weather Activities

See the Winter Ideas page for all of the cold weather activities.

More Activities

Weather Roll & Write Game

{Literacy or Math}
Print and find directions here: Roll & Write Games

Farm Roll and Write

Story Retelling

This is an activity that goes with any theme. Choose a book that goes with the theme, and have the children retell the story.
Read the blog post here for details: story retelling

Science Center

{Science}
Thunder sounds CD, Objects that can/cannot be moved by blowing, Wind chime, Pinwheel, Prisms, Tornado bottle

Packets Available on “Teachers Pay Teachers”

Rhymes

Nursery rhymes that go well with a Weather Theme:

  • Rain, Rain, Go Away
  • Whether the Weather

Look for printable poster of Rain, Rain, Go Away on the Nursery Rhyme Page.

rain rain go away

Whether the Weather

Whether the weather is fine
Or whether the weather is not.
Whether the weather is cold
Or whether the weather is hot.
We’ll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not.

Songs

Find more Weather Activities for Pre-K on the category page.

Links

Resources