Studying the weather is great, because it provides an opportunity for kids to collect data and maybe even graph or plot their results. Each day kids can use special instruments to measure the temperature and humidity. They can create a wind sock for determining wind direction using a trash bag and a hanger. You can even order a special 2 liter bottle connector to make a hurricane or tornado in a bottle. (My kids loved this, but watch out…ours leaked a little bit.)
In the future, I hope to study clouds a little more with my kids. The poster on the wall at my kids’ doctor’s office claims that one cloud weighs as much as 2 whales. True? I don’t know, but definitely amazing to think about. When I was a child, I loved cloud watching. I even decided to accept a job offer once based on the beautiful Simpson-like clouds outside the day I visited. However, as I get older, I notice clouds less and less. I’m not even sure my kids notice them at all. This definitely needs to change.
Here are the meteorology projects on this site so far:
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