Few things are more loved by kids than stories and food. In this activity, we leverage both to help kids warm up to a third, and sometimes less beloved, part of life—the weather. In many parts of the world, the winter weather challenges us, kids included. So, winter is the perfect time to use the whimsical book, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, to encourage movement, imaginative play and, hopefully, a bit more love for the weather.
This lesson combines two very familiar contexts: food and weather, making it easy for kids at different stages of play to pretend and develop their imaginations. A range of simple but compelling materials plus the opportunity to tinker with the objects supports kids with developing creativity. Ball play of various kinds also provides great practice with fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, in addition to being really darn engaging! The work kids do to disperse, gather and move objects around supports transporting—one of a list of behavioral schema. These schema are patterns of behavior we see in engaged kids’ play all around the world. Finally, hopefully this play context will give you and your kids a way to think more playfully about the weather, helping kids learn to adjust and adapt to whatever falls from the sky!