Wild & Windy Waves!


Nature is a powerful force! Convey the drama of hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, tornadoes, and other powerful storms in a bold drawing.


1. Severe weather conditions are natural events that can lead to catastrophes. Research information about one type of storm that especially intrigues you. A few details about hurricanes are provided here to give you some ideas.

2. Bands of thunderstorms that spiral together over the ocean with winds that reach at least 74 mph (119 km/hr) are called hurricanes. What are some recent hurricanes? How are hurricanes named? Where do they usually form? How are they influenced by changes in the Earth’s climate?

3. Certain weather conditions must be in place for tropical depressions to become hurricanes. Only one in every 10 does. Find out what these conditions are and how they organize into a hurricane.

4. Besides rain and wind gusts up to 240 mph (386 k/hr), a hurricane creates a storm surge (a bulge in the ocean) causing a steady, fast increase in tides. Imagine the consequences of these conditions! Think about these powerful weather elements as you prepare to illustrate them.

5. On white paper, use Crayola Slick Stix™ super-smooth crayons to show what you learned about hurricanes or other severe weather. Use your imagination to portray a scene depicting conditions such as the wind, rain, and storm surge. Blend the bright colors with a cotton swab for a realistic look. You may want to consider making this a science project!

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.


  • Stage a lively debate on questions such as these: Is the formation of hurricanes influenced by climate change? How can people influence some forces of nature?
  • Learn the words and their meanings used throughout the world for "hurricane" (a Carib Indian word meaning big wind) and other types of storms.
  • What is the difference between a storm watch and a storm warning? How can people prepare for violent storms? What is their impact on communities and families?
  • Research the similarities and differences between hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, tornadoes, and other extreme weather. Plot on a world map where these storms are most likely to occur. Explore the reasons why hurricanes do not form in the South Atlantic or southeastern Pacific Oceans.
  • Assessment: Students explain the weather conditions that create a severe storm and identify the components of them in both words and illustrations.

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crayola supplies
  • Twistables® Slick Stix™ Crayons
household supplies
  • white paper
  • cotton swabs



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students research the weather conditions necessary to form hurricanes or other severe storms.

  • Students research past storms and their consequences.

  • Students draw a powerful, realistic vision of hurricane forces.


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