Kids Climate versus Weather DIY
Are you looking for a fun activity for kids that also helps them develop their ecological mindset and provide them with a better understanding of what climate change is? Then we have the perfect craft for you! You can do this DIY to understand the difference between Climate and Weather. Just follow these simple steps.
This DIY is suitable for children of all ages and offers a fun and unique way to decorate their room. It is also a perfect project to do while babysitting!
What are you and your family going to learn from this activity?
Nowadays, it is really common to confuse the concepts of climate and weather, to the point that many people think that they are exactly the same. The truth is that they are not the same, in fact they refer to two completely different phenomena. In this article we are going to address the differences between climate and weather in a simple way so that you can help your child, or the child you are looking after, to better understand these two terms. Then, we propose a fantastic craft so that you can practice what you have learned with the children, you shouldn't miss it!
To understand complex concepts such as Climate Change, it is very important to understand what climate is.
Differences between climate and weather - explanation
The terms weather and climate cannot be used interchangeably, as there is a fundamental difference between them: the temporal scope, that is, the duration or time frame of each of them.
Weather refers to atmospheric conditions, that is, temperature, humidity, rainfall, etc., at a given time and place. In our daily conversations we usually refer to the weather. For example, when we say that tomorrow will be sunny, cloudy or stormy, we are referring to the weather and not to the climate.
The climate, on the other hand, is the average of the daily temperature, precipitation, etc., in a given place over a long period of time, usually over 30 years. The concept of climate allows us to study the weather of a certain region for at least 30 years, and therefore to understand what the seasons are like in each part of the world. Thanks to these long-term analyses, we can differentiate between climates, such as equatorial, tropical, desert, steppe, subtropical, mediterranean, maritime, continental and polar.
In this way, when speaking of climate change, we take into account records and data collected over many years.
What is the weather
Climate has been studied in depth since ancient times, because the more extensive our knowledge about it is, the better we can understand the weather and the more accurately we can predict it. Being able to predict the weather has always been very important to humans, and still is to this day.
Weather clock to measure the weather
We are going to create a meteorological clock with which your children can understand the concept of weather or atmospheric time, simply by looking out their windows and analyzing what the weather is like at any given moment!
To create the clock you need:
Print the two pdfs. One contains the clock and its arrow, and the other the elements depicting the weather such as the sun, clouds, etc.
Print the templates here:
- Pair of scissors
- Colored markers
- A rope to hang it in the room
Step 1 Start by coloring the elements depicting the weather, that is, the sun, the clouds, etc. Also color the arrow with which the children will indicate what the weather is like at any given moment. We have painted it red but feel free to use your favorite colors.
Step 2 Now is the time to start cutting! With adult supervision at all times, as scissors can be dangerous. Cut out the elements depicting the weather, the circle, the arrow and voilá!
Step 3 This is the moment when we put together our weather clock. Using a glue stick, glue each item onto one of the clock's sections until it is filled out.
Step 4 Now we need to add the arrow to the clock. To do this, you need a rectangular piece of paper no more than 3 centimeters long, like the one you can see in the image. Now roll it up! Make it into a roll of paper, the tighter rolled the better. To keep its shape, apply a little glue to it.
Step 5 Make a hole in the arrow and another one in the center of the clock. Place the rolled paper in the center and, surprise! Now the arrow can rotate to point at the different types of weather.
Step 6 Add the rope so that your children, or the children you care for, can hang their fantastic creations in their rooms. From now on they will never forget what the weather is! And they will be able to describe it as little experts.
We hope you enjoyed our Weather Clock DIY! If you've completed this DIY, we'd love to see it!