Annie and Dawn are the bloggers behind Mud Puddles to Meteors and together they’ve put together a wonderful book all about weather science: Whatever the Weather: Science Experiments and Art Activities That Explore the Wonders of Weather.
The beginning of the book offers parents a quick crash course in weather science and is then divided into four sections: cold, rain, sun and wind. Each section uses simple experiments and art to help children understand common weather events. If it’s cold out get your kids making their own ice storm or hail. Is it raining outside? Paint with raindrops while using your very own nature paintbrush. As the sun comes out, help your kids learn about evaporation or paint with colourful ice cubes, and when the wind blows work together to learn about the atmosphere and air pressure.
The experiments and art projects in this book don’t require much in the ways of supplies. In fact, most of the things a child may need are already waiting outside (depending on the season of course) or around the house. With each experiment in this book Annie and Dawn have included handy tips and a ‘More to Explore’ section that invites children to dig deeper into each topic.
We’ve had some lovely sunny weather lately and my kids have really enjoyed trying out some of the experiments from the sun and wind sections of this book. They’ve painted with ice cubes, learned something special about how fresh and salt water evaporate, made solar prints and obsessed over getting an egg into a bottle. As they’ve been trying out different experiments our books is getting dogeared and sandy. It’s the sign of a well loved book! The thing that I really like about Whatever the Weather is that it helps children and parents see weather as a wonderful and exciting part of our lives. So instead of hiding from the cold, wind and rain, grab this book and see what fun things you and your kids can do “Whatever the Weather”!
Roost Books has generously offered a copy of Whatever the Weather: Science Experiments and Art Activities That Explore the Wonders of Weather to giveaway to one of my readers. To enter the giveaway follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. The contest ends on June 7th at midnight, PST. The winner will be randomly drawn and contacted via email the following day.
Disclosure: Roost Books sent me this book for review and giveaway purposes; however, all thoughts and opinions shared about this book are my own.