Hurricane season is upon us which means frequent storms in the South. This Weather Busy Box is perfect for encouraging toddlers to explore weather.
I live in Georgia and Hurricane Irma pretty much shut us down last week. No school. No work. No bread, milk, water, or generators in a 100 mile radius- yeah.
If you’re the mom of a toddler you know this also means all the iPads and phones were freshly charged and there was a frenzy to download favorite movies jut in case the cable and internet went out. Because we all know- no water is bad but a toddler without Disney Jr. is THE WORST.
Of course, the iPad only lasts so long and because I’m “that mom” I created a Weather Busy Box to keep my toddlers busy. The best part? Each of these items were hanging out in my craft “closet” just waiting to be used- so this falls under the category of FREE ACTIVITIES for toddlers.
Explore Weather with a Weather Busy Box
blue pom poms
black pom poms
For the base of our Weather Busy Box we used uncooked macaroni dyed a gray-blue (because, you know, it was storming). This was the sky, and sometimes the rain- depending on the Lees’ imagination.
**You can dye uncooked pasta by placing it in a plastic zip bag with a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol and a few drops of blue food color. I squish the macaroni around until it is covered with food color then spread on a paper towel to dry.**
Blue pom poms were (really big) raindrops.
Black pom poms played the role of storm clouds.
White cotton balls were fluffy white clouds.
You can’t have a weather busy box without snow. I didn’t have snowflakes on hand but I had these glittery snowflake stickers so I stuck them back to back. This is the main item I would change next time around by using snowflake manipulatives.
Yellow pipe cleaners got bent into lightning rods. The Lees loved making lightning sounds!
Coffee filters were colored yellow and used as the sun. I found a battery powered click light while looking for flashlights and taped the coffee filter to the light so the Lees could turn the sun on and off.
That’s basically it. One of my favorite things about busy boxes is that you just set them up and turn the kiddos loose. Occasionally I try to facilitate appropriate play. Because I was unsure if the Lees would know exactly how to use the Weather Busy Box I grabbed some people from their dollhouse and demonstrated how to create a rainstorm.
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Thanks so much for stopping by! How did your family fare during Irma? We ended up keeping power but everyone around us was dark. My parents lost limbs, trees and had some roof damage but they are doing well, otherwise!