Weather is one of those universals that you can discuss with anyone, and this attribute makes looking at weather around the world a great way to help kids develop global awareness. Today’s activity is quick and easy. Kids find it interesting, and it’s a great ice breaker for starting all sorts of conversations.
Weather Around the World
I wanted to make this weather around the world activity accessible to all three kids (aged 2, 4, and 6). We picked cities and looked up the weather in each one. I wrote the results out on post-it notes, which the kids then placed on our map (with a little help from me). Since my family is pretty globally nomadic, I only had to resort to a non-relative for Australia! We talked about who lived (or used to live – I added in the four non-US countries where I grew up) where, what the cities were like, and how cold they were relative to one another. The kids were able to accurately pick out the coldest (Boston, on this particular day) and hottest (Perth, not surprisingly) cities! I had hoped to have them add in sunshine/rain, but my kids got sick again and I decided to keep it sweet and simple!
Do you have a fun weather-based activity for kids to share? How do you help your kids develop global awareness?
Update February 3, 2015: We have done this activity a few times over the years, and my kids always enjoy it! It’s a quick and easy activity that gets kids thinking, helps them develop connections, and inspires lots of interesting conversations. As the kids have gotten older (they are now 8, 7, 5, and 2 years old – we had one more child since I wrote this post) we have added in a component where we guess the weather before looking it up on the internet. Sometimes the results are surprising – even to me!