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Otis checking wind speed at How we Montessori

I really want to share with you our weather station, using child-sized real tools. I've spent some time researching 'Montessori' or 'child weather station', or 'Montessori weather unit' and most of the results have been either three-part card work or felt/card weather stations. The lovely felt or card weather stations might be fine for toddlers but a child from four or five can read a large children's thermometer, why not offer it to them. 

One of our previous Montessori schools had a large child's thermometer outside the children's house door (3-6 years), many of the children would, with interest, check the temperature as they arrived at school in the mornings. It sparked a lot of discussion. For a child who shows a deeper interest, why not record the temperature or perhaps check the wind direction, or measure how much it has rained?

Otis checking wind speed at How we Montessori

I found a few tools that are easy for children to use and understand that are also really accessible. For example, a rain gauge costs only a few dollars and can be found at most garden centers. Our weather station includes:

  • easy to read indoor/outdoor thermometer, children's thermometers are available at many educational stores
  • rain gauge
  • weather vane
  • compass, required to ensure the weather vane is operating in the right direction 
  • an anemometer.

Otis' weather station  child's wind vane at How we Montessori

We had a print out weather recording sheet but Otis preferred to record the results on our outdoors chalkboard. I would love to add a cloud chart but haven't found the perfect one. If you were somewhere like Brisbane, it would be interesting to measure humidity too. 

Otis reading indoor outdoor thermometer at How we Montessori

Our weather station is child-led, we've researched with Otis what tools he could use but when and what he measures, and how he records it is entirely up to him. Although, I hope he gets to a stage where he might be interested in graphing the results! He hasn't learnt about graphs and I think this may be a really good introduction.

Otis' weather station  child's wind vane at How we Montessori

"no rain

20 °c

8 m/s


He also dates and put his name on the recordings.

Educational child's weather vane at How we Montessori

What I love most about this type of work is that it allows the child to make their own discoveries. I have used worksheets before to teach Otis about how to use a compass, but out in the field/backyard he's learning in a more hand-on way. There is a whole lot of science, mathematics and language attached to this very simple (but also complex) work.

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