Kids know that the weather impacts their daily life. Rain on a beach day is disappointing. Sun on a birthday is delightful. Snow storms cancel school for the day and a windy day is great for kite-flying!
This fun and easy weather wheel craft is a great way to observe weather phenomena and learn about a key component of earth science! For kids who love to listen to the daily weather report, a weather wheel can be their personal weather reporting station!
Materials for Weather Wheel
Round base. Use a paper plate or a circular piece of cardboard.
Ribbon or string
Markers, pens, glitter, stickers, paint or other art supplies.
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Weather Wheel Craft Instructions
Using a marker, draw lines to divide the circle base into for sections. Each section represents one type of weather. Sunny, Rainy, Snowy, Cloudy.
Decorate each section of the weather wheel so that it represents the corresponding weather. Give children the freedom to unleash their creativity and design their weather reports. As you can see, our weather wheel is quite creative!
In case you are wondering, the glitter is sunny, the sequin raindrops represent a rainy day. The gray swirls are snow clouds and the blue and green paint swirls represent a cloudy day!
Next, punch a hole in the top of the weather wheel, thread the ribbon or string through the hole and secure into a loop.
Hang your weather wheel in a window.
Finally, look out the window, observe the day's weather and clip the clothespin on the weather of the day!
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Weather Wheel Variations
If the child wishes, divide the weather wheel into more than four sections. Other weather forecasts could include windy, hail, fog, thunderstorms, or partly cloudy.
Add some three-dimensional interest and use cotton balls for clouds.
Instead of a clothespin marker, cut an arrow out of thin cardboard and attach to the center of the wheel with a brad. Each day, move the arrow to the corresponding weather report.