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#1 of 3 Old 07-28-2010, 02:41 PM - Thread Starter
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I am not an official unschooler, my oldest is only 2 yrs. old so I hope it is ok that I post here. I figured parents of unschoolers would be the best to ask about creative learning activities. My toddler is very interested in thunderstorms and rain, since we've had a lot here lately. Does anyone have any fun weather related activities that might be fun for a 2 yr. old?
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I'm not an unschooler, but I saw this in the new posts. I have been a huge weather geek pretty much my whole life.

A couple of things that I thought were fun when I was younger (probably more like elementary school aged, so you can just see if any of these sound like things your two year old would like)

The whole tornado in a bottle thing.

Make a fun rain gauge

Make felt clouds, sun, lightning, snow, etc, and find a place to hang them. Every day hang either what it is like outside right then, or what the forecast says.

Make a rainbow outside with the water hose

Create fog by freezing a bowl, then pull it out and put ice cubes in it. Then pour warm water slowly on top. (make sure it's a bowl that won't crack from the temperature differences)

Demonstrate evaporation by leaving a large glass of water somewhere sunny (but not where rain will replenish it). Every day mark where the top of the water is.

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another way to demonstrate evaporation - pour water on the sidewalk and draw around it with chalk, then check back later to see how it's shrunk.

Make ice in different size and shaped containers to play with outside (like building blocks) and watch melt.
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