All kids love playing dress up, so we created a game that lets them practice their dressing skills and learn about the weather at the same time. It's simple fun and, depending on your kids' wardrobe, you can make it as elaborate or as a basic as you wish.
What you'll need:
Small suitcase or duffel bag
3 pieces of construction paper
Crayons or markers
Outfit for a snowy day (a hat, jacket, snow pants, mittens, boots)
Outfit for a rainy day (a rain hat, rain jacket, galoshes)
Outfit for a sunny summer day (a sun hat, T-shirt, shorts, sandals)
(Prepare three seasonal outfits for each participating child)
What you'll do:
- Have your children draw pictures of three different kinds of weather: a sunny day, a snowy day and a rainy day.
- While they're doing this, collect the various outfits and fill the suitcase with them.
- When the pictures are ready, start playing. Explain to your children that there is strange weather coming your way, and you want them to be ready. Shuffle the drawings and pick one. Hold the drawing up high and let them yell out what kind of weather it represents. Then it's time to get dressed! Little kids who still need help dressing should be able to pick out the right clothes for the game, but it may cause them too much stress to have to put the clothes on in a hurry.
- When the kids are dressed, take a look at their outfits. Will sandals really be the best choice for a rainy day? Is a baseball cap going to keep their ears warm enough in the winter?
- This game translates nicely to the real world. You may find yourself playing it before school every day!