Exploring weather patterns in preschool

To extend the weather graphing experience over time, the children help to create a weather caterpillar…

Each day, the children add a new circle to their weather caterpillar and discuss the patterns in the weather. As you can see below, the weather pattern is “rainy, rainy, cloudy, cloudy” (AABB)…

In the younger classes, the teacher has premade weather symbols that are added to the caterpillar each day. In older classes, the weather helper of the day designs the weather symbol to add to the caterpillar…

The weather caterpillar continues to grow throughout the month and spread across the room. As the caterpillar grows and changes, so does the weather pattern…

The continuous discussion on weather symbols begins to show up in the children’s drawings…

I often like to observe what the children are drawing during their free play in the writing center. Through their drawings, they often express their own understanding of and interest in the concepts they are exploring…


Links to Grow on….

Patterning+Caterpillars=Patternpillars! by Preschool Lesson Plans

Balloon Print Caterpillars by Moments of Mommyhood

What is the weather like today? by A Place Called Kindergarten

Books about weather

By |2011-03-27T12:30:18+00:00March 27th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Holly Davis March 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    What a neat idea! A very neat way to keep track of the weather. Love it!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      Thank you Holly:)

  2. Kerri March 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Very clever idea for learning!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 28, 2011 at 1:22 am - Reply

      Thanks Kerri:)

  3. abbie March 28, 2011 at 9:26 am - Reply

    This is adorable. I love art that you keep adding to. What a clever combination of activities.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      I do to Abbie:)

  4. weather instruments April 3, 2011 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    The thermometer gives you the surrounding temperature. We’ve all grown up with some type of weather thermometer all our lives. The barometer provides a measurement of the atmospheric pressure which tells you when the weather’s changing or likely to change very soon. The rain gauge just catches the rain, when it falls, and tells you how much fell over your area. The windvane and anemometer are two instruments that tell you which direction the wind’s coming from and how fast it’s blowing. There are a few other instruments that you can pick up if you want, like a hygrometer or a psychrometer. Both of them measure the relative humidity, something you’ll want to know later if you’re a begginer.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 3, 2011 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      Wow – that is quite some information! I think I am definitely a beginner:)

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