I’m so excited to finally be sharing the full set of weather themed activities we covered with Y! It’s taken me ages to collect all of the photos because we really went deep! I’m so happy to also share our water cycle for kids activities!With large themed activities like this, I actually like to really break up the activities. I don’t like to put too many works up at one time for Y onto the shelves. So even though you will be seeing all of the water cycle and weather themed activities we did do, please note that these were not all available to Y at the same time – only 4 or so at once. I also like to keep one or two works out that are not necessarily related to our main theme.
So what did we cover? Have a look!
Montessori inspired water cycle for kids
This unit was pretty serious for us. I feel like we dived very seriously into learning about the water cycle. The last few unit study style sets we did have been quite heavy (remember our Butterfly activities?).
I think we have reached a new place in our learning activities where Y is very eager to obtain new information. I’m very excited but a bit for this, but I’m nervous to be able to keep up with him! I’ll keep you lovely folks updated how it goes. For now, here’s our collection of weather themed activities!
First, we hung a plastic bag of water on a window. This allowed us to watch the water cycle as condensation formed in the bag and water evaporated.
This isn’t really an experiment, perhaps more of a practical life work, but it’s a representation of the water cycle. We used cotton balls to represent clouds. Y then had to dip them into the blue water, and squeeze them out into the empty bucket.
All of this represents how water evaporates and goes into clouds and the clouds release the water again, making rain. Simple. Hands on. Fun. And slightly messy.
Making the water cycle
We made the water cycle using assorted materials. This was a fun way to see if Y understood different parts of the water cycle and to practice his new vocabulary. This activity was a bit more guided than I normally like to go, so even though he enjoyed it, I’m not sure that we will do something like this again too soon.
Coloring the water cycle book
Water cycle mat and cut and paste
3D cloud/water cycle craft
I’m a little obsessed with creating and using these spinners lately!
We used umbrella counting cards in a few ways. For a few of the larger numbers, I presented homemade play dough, and had Y make rain drops! We really practiced understanding the quantity of numbers 9 and 10. I’m so proud and excited that we are now moving on to more difficult counting and addition problems!
Y is four and a half years old and is no longer interested in practical life works. This is quite common in Montessori environments, but I so do miss preparing them. I suppose in a while, I will be making them again for Natasha.
You could set up something like this to represent the water cycle if you are also instructing younger children in your group or if your children still enjoy such works!
Using a clothes pin to move clouds!
I simply read the cards aloud to Y and he matched the images.