Let the weather take the lead and never be bored again! Paint in the rain, send kites soaring in the wind, build ice orbs, and become a snowflake scientist--let the wonders of nature inspire your next adventure.
Chapter 1. Baby, It's Cold Outside
Ice Sheet Sculptures / Winter Fairy Castles / DIY Ice Storm / Ice Orbs / Making Hail / Become a Snowflake Scientist / Frost Painting / Homemade Iceburgs
Chapter 2. Saving for a Rainy Day
Puddle Evaporation Art / Painting with Raindrops / Nature Paintbrushes / Catching Raindrops / Floating Nature Garland / Water-Tension String Art / Rainy Day Leaf Painting
Chapter 3. Let the Sun Shine In
Sunny Day Shadow Art / Evaporation Station / See What Transpires / Solar Prints / Sand Painting / Watercolor Cube Painting / Dots in the Dirt
Chapter 4. Where the Wind Blows
Leaf-Rubbing Pinwheels / Atmosphere Model / Air Pressure Eggs / Nature Kites / Origami Boats / Seed Head Clouds
ANNIE RIECHMANN is an educator and unabashed nature lover. Her many years of experience in education have taken her from coast to coast, where she has taught in both rural and urban settings. These experiences have given her a unique perspective on ways that families can connect to nature, no matter where they live. Annie is the creator of Alphabet Glue, an e-magazine for families who love books, and an advocate for outdoor education in public schools. She is the mother of young naturalists herself and is not shy about her love of kitchen-table science! She lives in Massachusetts with her family. DAWN SUZETTE SMITH is a self-taught naturalist and trained educator. For the past 15 years she has worked to promote children's connections with nature as well as outdoor pursuits for both physical and mental health. Her writing and photography have been featured in various print and online magazines and books and in exhibits with the National Park Service. Dawn currently homeschools two curious nature lovers and leads nature walks year-round to help families connect with nature through child-led nature study in the wild forests and along the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia, Canada.
"Curiosity about weather shouldn't end with a weather report.
Whatever the Weather explores the whys of weather while
having fun with creative science experiments, art projects, and
activities that the whole family can enjoy."-Cassi Griffin, creator
of The Crafty Crow
"Parents, children, and educators are certain to love breezing through Whatever the Weather, which also happens to be perfect for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) curriculum. Riechmann and Smith offer hands-on explorations and experiments involving weather, each combined with scientific content and the opportunity for artful creativity. Toss in open skies and fresh air, and this book provides limitless benefits for bodies and brains of all ages, year-round, whatever the weather." -Jennifer Ward, author of I Love Dirt!