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activities for creating weather {The Young Scientists Club}

It’s the end of weather week here in homeschool.  I planned on this being a topic earlier in the year but “weather” is mostly nonexistent here in the desert during the summer.  The temperature fluctuates more now and we get a bit of precipitation here and there, so it felt like time. The Young Scientists Club sent the Magic School Bus Weather Lab for review, and it has made this week a very fun and educational one!

teaching the water cycle in_the_know_mom

Above is a simple water cycle diagram my daughter made with me at the beginning of the week.  It was the backdrop for most of our experiments this week!

Inside The Magic School Bus Weather Lab you will find a stack of 28 cards full of weather-related experiments and most of the materials needed. As your kids move through the experiments, they record their data findings in a notebook.  This part is great for introducing basic science along with the importance of observation and recording data.

the magic school bus weather lab review in_the_know_mom

The experiments include making a tornado in a bottle, recreating the water cycle, creating a rain cloud, using a sun dial, constructing a barometer, catching a rainbow, and learning about the greenhouse effect and more.  Each activity is fun and thought-provoking and my 6 year old has been mesmerized by all that we have done so far.  Like I said, we’re finishing up “weather week” and all we have crafted, experimented and talked about this week has been weather, and I still have activities left in the bus!  This is not a one afternoon type thing — you really get a lot of value out of this one kit.

Creating a weather station was the crowning jewel of the Weather Lab.  It is something your kid can keep outside and keep collecting data for week after week.  If they grow tired of it, put it away and then pull it back out when the seasons (and therefore weather) changes.  My daughter is in love with this weather station!!  She goes out at the same time every afternoon and collects her data on the weather – precipitation, temperature, cloud cover, wind strength and direction.

weather station homeschool in_the_know_mom

The interactive weather station is super interesting to my daughter.  She documents the data at the same time every day, but she is out there all the time checking on it… what temperature is it? How fast is the pinwheel spinning or the anemometer…

weather station magic_school_bus homeschool in_the_know_mom

This kit is a perfect gift for your little scientist this Christmas!  It is super fun and very educational, my favorite kind of gift.  Recommended for kids age 5+.  Purchase online from The Young Scientists Club for $39.99.  Shop around their website for more incredible, educational products for kids.  Keep in the know by liking The Young Scientists on Facebook, following on Twitter and Pinterest.

Product was provided by The Young Scientists Club to facilitate this review; all opinions are 100% my own.

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