Inside: Get inspired with these preschool weather activities – including dramatic play, fine motor, art ideas, and more.
Entering the spring months, there are a lot of weather changes happening.
Our days here in Oregon are unpredictably rainy, sunny, cold, or windy.
This provides us with the perfect time to discuss the different types of weather, as children get to see so many examples of it within their natural environment!
Below is a compilation of weather themed art activities, creative sensory bins, fun dramatic play area ideas, and more for your preschool weather theme.
30+ Preschool Weather Activities
Gravity Rain Cloud Painting – Drip watercolors onto vertically standing paper to create the appearance of rain coming from a cloud. (A Little Pinch of Perfect)
Mosaic Paper Rainbow – Provide squares of colored paper and glue for preschoolers to arrange into a mosaic rainbow. (Daisies and Pie)
Rainy Window – Paint with watercolors onto the back of a baking sheet to make a rainy window print. (Play Teach Repeat)
Umbrella and Rain with Bubble Wrap – Paint bubble wrap blue to look like raindrops plopping down onto an umbrella. (123 Homeschool 4 Me)
Thunderstorm Art – Toddlers will glue lightening bolts and rain drops on top of gray paint to create a storm. (Buggy and Buddy)
Symmetry Clouds – Add white paint to a piece of paper and fold it in half to create a mirrored cloud shape. (Teach Beside Me)
Snowball Painting – Clip pom-poms onto clothespins for toddlers to dip into white and blue paint and stamp snow. (Brilliant Little Ideas)
Paper Plate Umbrella – Cut a paper plate in half to be decorated as the top of an umbrella. (The Chirping Moms)
Raindrop Sun Catcher – Cut a blue outline out of paper and attach to contact paper to be filled with blue tissue paper. (A Day In First Grade)
Puffy Paint Clouds – Mix shaving cream and glue to paint onto blue paper as clouds. (No Time For Flashcards)
Painting with Rain – If you live in a rainy area, leave pieces of paper with powdered tempura paint outside for the rain to mix with the powder and create paint. (Tot School)
Fine Motor Activities
Sun Scissor Activity – Preschoolers will strengthen cutting skills with these printable scissor cards.
Rain Storm Sticky Wall – Make a contact paper sticky wall with clouds for toddlers to stick raindrops onto. (Mama of Littles)
Weather Do-a-Dots – Use these free printable sheets for toddlers to stamp onto weather pictures with do-a-dots. (Easy Peasy Learners)
Lacing Mittens – Hole punch around paper cut-outs of mittens for preschoolers to practice lacing with yarn or shoelaces. (Cachey Mama’s World of Learning)
Button Sun – Preschoolers will button the pieces of yellow fabric to complete the sun. (Happy Tot Shelf)
Rainy Day Water Bin – Learn about rain as you squeeze water from cotton balls (“clouds”).
Weather Sensory Bottles – Put together sensory bottles, each themed around a different type of weather such as snow, sun, and rain. (Two Daloo)
Snow Dough – Fill your sensory bin with this two ingredient dough that feels like snow. (Happy Home Fairy)
Colander rain – Provide colanders, or containers with holes cut into the bottom, to your water table to create rain when water is poured through them. (Crozet Play School)
Rainy Day Bin – Fill your sensory bin with blue beads or dyed rice, along with tiny umbrellas and rubber ducks. (Paper and Glue)
Lightening and Rain Bin – Shape gold pipe cleaners into the shape of lightening bolts, adding in cotton balls and blue marbles for a storm. (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
Build a Cloud – Provide an assortment of fluffy white materials to be mixed into a cloud such as cotton balls, marshmallows, and shaving cream. (A Little Pinch of Perfect)
Thunderstorm Playdough – Make dark gray playdough and provide lightening bolt-shaped yellow pipe cleaners for preschoolers to make a thunderstorm. (Fun Learning For Kids)
Cardboard Rainsticks – Create these simple rainsticks for toddlers to listen to the sound of the rain. (Pink Stripey Socks)
Math and Sorting Activities
Counting Raindrops – Preschoolers will count blue pom-poms to place onto the numbered umbrellas. (School Time Snippets)
Cold vs Warm Clothes – Cut out pictures of various clothing items for preschoolers to sort into cold weather clothes and warm weather clothes. (Mrs Kelly’s Klass)
Weather Matching Activity – Cut out pairs of weather pictures for children to match together. (Powerful Mothering)
Matching Shapes Umbrellas – Use this free printable to match the shape cards to the umbrella with the matching shape. (Our Home Creations)
Sunshine Counting Puzzles – Match the number side of the sun with the side of the sun that has the corresponding amount of dots. (Planning Playtime)
Dramatic Play Activities
Weather Station Dramatic Play – Provide pretend equipment such as thermometers, maps, and clipboards for tracking weather patterns. (Early Learning Ideas)
Winter Wonderland – Cover your dramatic play area in pretend snow with activities such as building a snowman. (Lovely Commotion)
Sunny Beach – Set up a sunny beach area with towels and chairs to discuss warm weather. (Pocket of Preschool)
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Weather Lesson Plans
Looking for easy to follow weather lesson plans for toddlers and preschoolers?
I helped create these packets that include hands-on activities that can be modified and adapted to meet the needs of all learners.
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