With a background in art & design you’d think I’d love to get creative and spend hours doing arts & crafts with Lamb. Well, if I’m honest I thought this would be the case for a long time. Until I actually tried doing arts & crafts with an infant/toddler. It sucks. I just don’t have the patience for it. I’m a perfectionist and when Lamb doesn’t listen to my instructions or ruins what I’ve worked hard at making, well, I get stressed. And I know I’m not alone!
However, there are some mums out there who are brilliant at arts & crafts with kids and I certainly envy them. I’ve always dreamed of spending hours with a glue stick and glitter, like I did with my mum.
Kelly, author and blogger over at Kelly Robinson-Key has kindly shared a little weather craft with us today with ‘how to make a weather wheel’.
These past few months we have seen some really wild weather all over the U.K. My partner and I have realised that in Wales we seem to have two seasons, Winter and Summer. It was snowing two weeks ago then last week I was getting burned just sitting in my garden.
I am trying to teach my three year old about the seasons and the different weather that we experience here. The best way to do this is by using a Weather Wheel.
Weather Wheels are very simple to make and are a great crafting activity for children to help with.
How To Make A Weather Wheel
What You Need:
Cotton Wool Balls
A Glue Stick
Use a round plate or a compass (I haven’t seen or used a compass since my school days but it would be useful here), to mark out your circle. Cut out your circle.
Cut three thin strips of card which are the length of the diameter of your circle. Glue these onto the circle card, so that there are 6 equal sized segments.
Next you need to cut out the shapes for the lightening, sunshine and the rain. Roll small balls using the cotton wool to create the snow. Stick these onto the card along with the cotton wool clouds. Use the pen to draw on the wind then label each weather type.
Once all of the pieces are glued down, you then need to pierce a hole into the centre of the circle. I did this using a kitchen skewer but if you have a compass you could use the sharp end to pierce the card.
You then need to cut out an arrow shape from the card and pierce a hole in the end. Align the hole in the arrow with the hole in weather wheel and pop the paper fastener through and fasten.
Stick the weather wheel to a window and then each morning get your child to check the weather and turn the arrow to the correct weather type.
Thank you so much to Kelly for sharing this great craft with me! This is such an easy but fun thing to do with your little ones and somehthing I’ll definitely do with Lamb. Especially as his favourite episode of Peppa Pig is ‘Thunder Storm’!