Frost, sun and wind – what natural phenomena can children observe?
Many of us remember the fairytale about sun, frost and wind, who were arguing, who out of the three of them is the strongest. But what kind of natural phenomena can children observe?
When seasons change, it is a great moment to observe nature. When snow changes to puddles and sometimes a rainbow appears in the skies. Turns out, that there are many natural phenomenons. Teach to the little children how to notice and recognize them, but to the older children – what natural phenomena happens during which seasons. That will develop the skill of observation and understanding of what is happening around them.
Can we expect rain?
The easiest phenomena to spot is rain and snow. In summer we can also see hail. Children can already spot correlations – if there has been rain, maybe you should wear wellies, so you can jump in puddles. In dry days, however, the roads can be covered in dry sand or dust, that can bring fun ideas for games.
Is it cloudy or sunny?
Clouds in the spring and summer can be so different! Tiny, white clouds in bright blue skies, gray clouds that bring rain or a thick blanket of clouds blocking the sun. Observe the clouds and how the sun during the day both hides behind them and then comes out. Observe, how that effects the temperature!
What else can we observe?
We can feel the wind, but we cannot see it. We can see a rainbow, but we cannot feel it. We can do an experiment with the children and create our own rainbow by splashing water on a sunny day. During spring and summer we can also see thunder and lightning – those are also worth noting and talking about!
Why is grass wet, when the rain has not been here?
Dew and frost – two nature’s phenomena that children from the city rarely recognize. Maybe during late summer evenings when travelling to the countryside children will notice that the grass gets wet even without rain. That is why in the mornings, before kindergarten, if you go through the grass your shoes can get wet. This is a great moment when to explain to the children what is dew – little drops of water that are created on objects and grass when the air gets colder. And you don’t even need rain! Something similar happens in winter when trees get covered in frost – you can explain to children, that it is not really snow, but rather small pieces of ice.
Observe, explore and you will find a lot of interesting surprises in all four seasons!