What’s the Weather? Dramatic Play Dress Up Center

The recent arrival of Fall, with cooler temperatures and rainier days, has forced us to trade in our flip flops and swimsuits for raincoats and boots. It has also created a lot of discussion with my preschoolers about the seasons and weather more broadly. To teach the girls more about this topic through play, I set up a dramatic play and dress up center to play Weather Forecaster this week!

Weather Dramatic Play Center for preschool
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Weather, Temperature, and Dress

A big developmental milestone for preschoolers is increasing self-care. Not only do they become more capable of dressing themselves, they often want to choose what they wear as well. I know in our house this can be a daily struggle, so I added a dress-up component to our Weather Forecasting center, to help inspire more appropriate dress choices with our new, cooler weather.This also provides great practice for buttons, snaps, zippers, and shoes.

Let’s Play Weather Forecaster! Supplies

  • Laminated U.S. or regional map
  • Clothespins (4)
  • Weather Dramatic Play Printable weather cards
  • Assorted coats, vests, snow suits, and swimsuit coverups
  • Assorted boots, galoshes, flip flops, and sneakers
  • Assorted weather accessories, including umbrella, hat and gloves, scarf, and sunglasses

To set up our Weather Forecaster center, I put a laminated U.S. map up on our playroom wall and glued four clothespins to it – two by where we live, and two to hold our printable weather cards featuring weather and temperature options. (I used hot glue gun for this.)

Weather Dramatic Play Center

For the dress-up component, I used a small basket and clothing rack to hold attire appropriate for various weather and temperature combinations I collected from the girls’ closets.

Let’s Play Weather Forecaster!

Big M, my preschooler, was eager to play when she saw her normally princess dress and tutu dominated dress-up area converted to our Let’s Play Weather Forecaster center. To get started, I first showed her our different weather and temperature cards. I asked her what the weather was like today – warm and stormy. She selected the thunderstorm and warm cards, attached them to the map with the clothespins, and then she set out to choose the proper attire for the day’s weather.

Weather Dramatic Play Center - Dress for Thunderstorms

She was very excited to open her umbrella indoors, which is normally against the rules! Then, of course, she immediately wanted to try other weather combinations. We talked about different seasons, and how different weather is associated with different temperatures. She donned a swimsuit cover-up, flip flops, and her sunglasses for hot and sunny weather. She wore a jean jacket, a scarf, and her fall boots for windy and cool weather. And she tried on her new winter coat, hat, mittens, and snow boots for cold and snow!

Weather Dramatic Play Center - Practice Fine Motor Skills

The wardrobe changes provided ample opportunity to practice putting on jackets, buttoning up, and using snaps and zippers. With every shoe change, she would line them up, left to right, and make sure she got them on the right feet. We even worked on putting the clothes back on hangers and hanging them back up!

Weather Dramatic Play Center boots

I left our center set up for several days, and she loved changing the weather and teaching her little sister how to pick the right clothes for the weather, too!

Playground ParkbenchBIO: Meghan is a former hedge fund professional turned SAHM to Big M (4), Lil’ M (2), and a baby boy, M3 (2 days old)! She writes at Playground Parkbench, where she shares at-home activities for kids, parenting tips, and financial savvy for the household CEO. Find her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter!

Check out these other weather-themed posts—
Three Weather Art Activities
Raindrop Plop: Make an Umbrella
Earth Science Books for Preschool

weather pinterest board
Follow my Weather Theme Pinterest Board for more great ideas!

Three Weather Art Activities

Variety in weather is the spice of life! When the weather changes, it makes us more aware of our natural surroundings. There’s so much beauty to behold if we’d just take the time to look. Use this activity to explore fall (or other seasonal) themes.

weather process art for preschool
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These activities are designed to help young children see how the weather (or actions very similar) can create stunning art! In process art, it’s all about the journey, not the end result. The learning comes from doing, not achieving. Let your preschoolers enjoy these different ways “weather” can create beauty, and don’t worry what it will become in the end!

weather process art activities

Wind Art


  • Paper
  • Paint (We used finger paint, but it was a bit too thick)
  • Straw
  • Newspaper or something to protect surrounding surfaces

Invite the children squeeze a significant amount of paint into a “pile” in the middle of their paper. Give each child a straw to blow the paint across the paper. Be sure to coach children first that they should only blow out, not suck in. Don’t let the straw actually touch the paint, just so there are no accidents.

weather wind process art

As they enjoy the process, discuss the wind. Remind them that even though the straw doesn’t touch the paint, the moving air can be quite powerful.

weather process art wind

Frost Art


  • Heavyweight Paper (120-lb)
  • Water
  • Epsom Salt
  • Food Coloring
  • Paintbrush


Mix roughly equal parts epsom salt and water. You may need to heat the solution in the microwave to get the salt to fully dissolve. Divide the solution into dishes or cups and add a couple drops of food coloring.

Invite the child to paint. The more color the better. Let children know that while the paint currently just looks like watercolor, it will eventually crystallize and look like frost.

weather frost process art

After it fully dries, the results are stunning. To get the full effect, let children bring their creations out into the sunlight to see it dazzle their imaginations.

weather process art frost
weather process art frost

Rain Art


  • Tray of Watercolors
  • Tape
  • Medium Weight Paper
  • Water
  • Dropper
  • Towel
  • Vertical Surface like an Easel


Tape the watercolor tray and paper to the easel. Place a towel on the floor to catch any drips.

weather rain process art

Invite your child to fill his dropper with water. Then he gets to rain down on the watercolors.

Don’t forget to talk about rain, gravity, the power of moving water, and so forth as it relates to weather. You could ask your students to demonstrate what a sprinkle looks like compared to a storm, if you’re brave!

weather rain process art

We experimented with different paper types and found that cardstock didn’t really absorb the water before it fell to the ground, while printer paper turned into a soggy mess. A medium weight paper did the trick nicely!

While the end results might not be vivid, the process was thrilling. And that’s the goal of process art. My son asked to do this project three times in a row! He couldn’t get enough!

BIO: Julie writes at My Mundane and Miraculous Life, a resource for parents who take a hands on approach to their children’s education. She is the mother of two tornados (with another on the way). They love learning with fun and exciting themes at home. You can keep up with the blog on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

See these posts for more weather-themed ideas—
Raindrop Plop: Make an Umbrella
Earth Science Books for Preschool
Snow Play Dough

weather pinterest board
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Spider Fine Motor Activity

My children love simple but engaging activities for fine motor practice. This spider-themed activity is a perfect example as they get to cut, thread, bend, and glue with the extra bonus of having a rather cool spider to play with when they are done! (Use this activity for a Halloween theme or a nature theme.)

spider fine motor activity for preschool
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To make this fine motor spider you will need:

  • black cardstock paper (Black craft foam could also work.)
  • some googly eyes
  • glue
  • chenille craft stems (cut into 4 for legs)
  • hole punch

Trace something round to draw circles on your card (a large mug perhaps) and cut out the circles. Older children can cut these themselves. Use your paper punch to make holes on the sides for the legs.

spider fine motor activity

Invite the children to create their spiders! Thread those craft stems through the holes and bend to secure. If you choose, bend again to more resemble legs.

fine motor threading stems

Threading and manipulating the chenille craft stems will help children gain more control over the small muscles in their hands. These fine motor skills are important for writing, tying shoes, and other important life skills.

fine motor spider activity

Glue eyes on the top of your spider. We used a glue stick but white school glue would work better. Carefully controlling and applying the glue develops fine motor skills, too.

Once dry, display your spider creations or string them up in a corner! We have ours stuck to a window in the kitchen. Use yarn to create a web for the spider, too!

fine motor spiders

BIO: Do come visit Nicolette on her blog at Powerful Mothering. She loves to share simple and easy crafts, activities, printables, and learning ideas for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers! She is also a co-author of 99 Fine Motor Ideas.

More Spider Theme Posts—
Making Patterns with Spiders
Fine Motor Spider Web Activity
Spider and Halloween Activities
Itsy Bitsy Spider

Follow my Spiders Pinterest Board for more great ideas!

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