Meteorology for Kids: A Natural Combination!
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Kids love active hands-on science! They also love being outdoors, where weather happens. Therefore meteorology and kids are a natural combination.
With little ones, you can put on rubber boots and raincoats and go walking in the rain. Older kids will enjoy maintaining a little weather station, with homemade equipment for checking the wind direction,
changes and measuring rainfall.
Clouds are a fascinating part of the weather. Can you explain how clouds form to your children or your students? Do you know the basic
and how they relate to forecasting weather?
This would be fun meteorology for kids. Spend some time with them just looking at the fluffy patterns in the sky. The puffy cumulus clouds offer the most interesting shapes, but the wispy cirrus clouds are pretty to look at, too.
Let them know that clouds form from water vapor that condenses into water droplets, for instance. The water evaporates into water vapor here on earth and rises into the sky. When it gets
from the surface of the earth, it cools and becomes a tiny drop of water.
It takes millions of these tiny water drops to make enough liquid water to make a single raindrop! When enough of the droplets have joined forces in the cloud, we may get rain.
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If you'd like to teach your kids more about meteorology, check out the local library for child books on the subject. Browse Call Numbers starting with 551.
In fact, books written for children are a great way to get an overview of any science topic, such as physics for kids, rocks and geology, dinosaurs, or whatever. A good kid's book about weather forecasting will give you the names of the cloud types and teach you what type of weather they are associated with.
Here's a simple experiment that demonstrates meteorology in a small way and shows how a cloud forms. You will need a large clear bowl, plastic wrap, ice, and hot water. Place about 2 or 3 inches of very hot water into the bowl. Cover the top with plastic wrap.
Now place a couple of ice cubes on top of the plastic wrap. The steam will rise from the hot water and form a "cloud" near the ice. "Rain" will drop back down into the water in the bowl. Try it!
An interesting question. Will you get more wet from walking from your house to school in the rain, or is running the better way to go? See what
says about it.
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