Make Your Own Weather

Why

Raindrops falling from dark clouds? Or a sunny day? Color, crumple, and tear a no-mess scene to show your favorite weather.


Steps

1. Use Crayola Color Wonder™ Paper and Soft Sticks® to create a no-mess picture of the weather you enjoy most—or what is happening outside your window right now. Here is one way to show a rainy day scene.


2. Color and tear out a Color Wonder Paper circle to make a big yellow sun. Glue the sun on a colored construction paper background.


3. Tear several clouds from Color Wonder Paper. Crumple them up and unfold them. Color the rain clouds to look stormy—the folds will look a bit darker and add texture. Glue the clouds into your picture.


4. Next make raindrops. Color a big area of blue with Soft Sticks. Tear it into tiny raindrops. Glue them falling from the rain clouds.


5. Complete your picture with a rainbow, grass, flowers, or even yourself with your umbrella. When the glue is dry, display your picture. What weather did the other children in your group choose?


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Color Wonder™—Wash hands well with soap and water after use.

Adaptations

  • Talk about other types of weather that occur in your climate. Make snowflakes, wind storms, sleet or hail.
  • Write weather words on Color Wonder Paper and watch them appear. Use them to label the weather picture.
  • Dress up in stormy-weather clothes such as boots, mittens, furry hats, or slickers. Match what you are wearing to one of the pictures.
  • Assessment: Can children name the colors and identify shapes they used in their pictures? Have children represented one type of weather in their scenes?

Related Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Color Wonder™ Paper
  • Glue Sticks
  • Color Wonder™ Soft Sticks
household supplies
  • construction paper

Overview

grades

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3

subjects

  • Science
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes

benefits

  • Children observe clouds, precipitation, wind, and other outdoor conditions to notice changes in the weather.

  • Children represent one type of weather in a colorful torn-paper collage.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards