Dressing for the Weather this Spring
Prepare the Activity:
Make a large weather dial from cardboard. Divide into 4 sections, and draw 4 different weather scenes, including a windy day, sunny day, rainy day, and snowy day scene. In the center attach a red dial with a paper fastener, so that the dial can be turned to any scene.
Students will practice dressing appropriately for 4 different types of weather that occurs in the spring.
You Will Need:
For Circle Time Activity:
red construction paper (to make pointer dial)
doll clothes to fit the doll: shorts set and tennis shoes, rain coat, hat, and galoshes, coat, mittens, toboggan, and snow boots, and pants, shirt, and light windbreaker-type jacket.
For Center Time Activity:
A collection of clothes for various weather conditions in sizes that will fit your preschoolers.
At circle time, turn the weather dial to choose one of the four weather scenes. Pick a child to come up and dress the doll in an outfit that is appropriate for the weather. Before dressing the doll, discuss why each piece of clothing is important for that kind of weather. Repeat for each of the four springtime weather scenes. This activity will prepare the students for the following center activity.
This center time activity is easy to set up and fun for students. Simply place a plastic trunk of preschool sized clothing in the center along with the weather dial that was used with the previous circle time activity. Students will turn the dial to each weather scene, then dress themselves for each weather scene.
Teacher will observe students during circle time and center time for understanding of the concept of dressing appropriately for the four different types of weather.
Preschoolers are learning how to dress themselves, manipulate buttons, zippers, and snaps. In this weather preschool lesson dressing provides plenty of opportunities to practice these skills as well. Dress up play is always fun for young children, and it's a great way to provide fine motor skills practice as well as facilitate the development of adaptive skills like dressing for the weather.