When it comes to selecting the best weather charts for toddlers there are loads of things to consider depending on the climate you live, how detailed you want the weather to be, or if you prefer a more calendar and weatherboard for preschool circle time setup.
Below you'll discover our top picks from wooden weather stations, to magnetic and felt, and printable weather chart PDFs that are still interactive. We'll also look at daily weather charts for preschool and kindergarten classrooms and how to choose which one suits your needs best!
- Best Weather Charts For Toddlers:
- Best Wooden Weather Stations:
- More Top Weatherboards for Preschoolers:
- Best Weatherboard For Preschool Classrooms:
- Best Printable Weather Chart PDFs:
- How To Choose The Best Weather Chart For Toddlers + Preschoolers
- FAQs About Weather Charts
- Final Thoughts
Best Wooden Weather Stations:
Probably my personal favorite weather chart on this list is the Tender Leaf Toys wooden weather board.
It includes a spot for setting the season front and center, to the left is a section for rain depicted by “wet, wetter, wettest” and a temperature gauge.
I personally LOVE the lunar display which is a turn style setting the phase of the moon with the name of the phase beneath it.
At the base, are wooden picture board magnets for the daily weather showcasing clouds, rainbows, rain, storm, lighting, and more. The bottom right showcases wind shield all with a handy cotton canvas bag for safe keeping.
It's one of the more comprehensive, beautiful, and quality boards on this list.
- Include moon phases
- Includes wind and rain
- Set season
- Set temperature
- Looks at yesterday, today, and tomorrow
- Designed in UK, made in Indonesia, formaldehyde free, safety tested
- No magnet for snow
- Only one magnet style of each – so if all week is “rain” you can set yesterday, today, and tomorrow as rain too
Pottery Barn's wooden weather toy is a great affordable option (on sale for under $25!)
It showcases the phases of the moon, wind factor, daily weather and includes both a temperature and wetness gauge.
While it's a little dull on the imagery, as a toddler mom, I can appreciate it's one piece – meaning you don't need to worry about losing anything.
- No lose pieces to loose
- Includes temperature, wetness, and wind gauge
- Includes daily weather and phase of the moon
- Phthalate-, BPA- and lead-free.
- MDF and engineered wood and water based paint
- A little dull imagery
Moon Picnic's wooden weather station is a fun arch design with modern art. On the board, you'll find a gauge for temperature, wind, and humidity.
I do find it a little confusing as the top is a turn dial for the current weather (storm, rain, clouds, sunny, etc.) with the words “wetter” and better” underneath… but then just below that are little wooden interchangeable pieces reinforcing that same information (cloud, rain, lightning, sun).
I would prefer to see an actual “wetness” gauge and then the section with the weather imagery separate given that it can literally be a torrential downpour with inches of rain on a sunny South Florida day.
- Includes temperature, humidity, and wind gauge
- Includes daily weather setting
- Low VOC, water based paints, no phthalates or added formaldehyde, lead safe
- No phases of the moon
- No real wetness indicator
Lovevery's Plan Ahead Weather Board
In Lovevery's The Observer Play Kit you'll find the Plan Ahead Weather Board which is a gorgeous Waldorf aligned wooden weather station for toddlers.
It's smartly design with beautiful imagery depicting the season and a little slot for storing the unused seasons. A turn dial for the day of the week (whose colors mirror Waldorf rhythms) and setting the weather, as well as a temperature gauge with appropriate clothing options in line, and a slider for planning the day and working on concepts like “home vs school” or travel, or “weekday vs weekend.”
While this weatherboard is only available in the Lovevery play kit, it does come with some other great toys that we found worthwhile. You can find my full review here.
- Waldorf aligned imagery
- Wooden weather board with season, day of the week, temperature gauge with appropriate clothing
- Smart storage for unused pieces
- No phases of the moon, wetness, humidity, or wind factor indicators
- Planning the day cards can be hard to get in and out
Inamio's magnetic weather chart for preschoolers and toddlers is a great affordable option.
It includes separate gauges for cloudiness, rain levels, wind, and the temperature. As well as sections for setting the overall weather for the day and phase of the moon. Additionally, there's a spot for identifying the day of the week, date, and season.
Overall, we'd have to say this is one of the most complete weatherboard options for under $20.
- Includes cloudiness, rain, and wind settings in addition to temperature gauge
- Includes season, day of the week, and date
- Includes moon and daily weather settings
- Includes second storage board for unused magnetic pieces
- No circle time components really (feeling, color, shape, etc.)
- Doesn't include month
This daily learning calendar combines aspects of a weather board with daily circle time components like the month, day of the week, etc.
What we love about this magnetic weather board is the magnetic doll with clothing options for getting dressed. This provides an opportunity for children to really learn how the weather relates to getting dressed and gives parents an opportunity to set up play based learning activities where they switch out the weather and the child needs to get the doll dressed for the day.
Since it's magnetic, it can be used on the fridge and serve as daily reminder while eating breakfast to talk about the type of day it is and plan for the day.
- Mix of weather and daily planning
- Play based learning opportunities
- Extra pieces stored on the board
- Not a true weatherboard with phases of the moon, wetness, wind, or humidity indicator
While Little Folks Visuals Weather Dog is not an officially weatherboard, it does include all of the necessary felt cut outs to use on a felt board to create a daily weatherboard set up.
Inside, you'll get a 7″ Wally the Dog with four weather-appropriate clothing options for each season. Plus four seasonal cards, a “yesterday, today, and tomorrow” section in both english and spanish and a thermometer gauge with repositionable temperature line strip.
Additionally, the set features the following weather imagery: 3 suns, 3 clouds, 3 rain clusters, 3 snowflakes, 3 wind, 2 thunder and lightning clouds, and 1 rainbow so if the weather is the same across the three days you'll have enough pieces!
- Interactive play based learning
- English and spanish options
- Reinforcement across multiple days
- No wetness, wind, or humidity gauges
- No moon phases
- No board
This large weather and calendar learning station is great for preschool classrooms thanks to it's durable pocket design.
It comes with 149 pieces in total, including cards for the year, month, season, date, and day of the week. Additionally you have weather sections for yesterday, today, and tomorrow as well as festival/holiday cards.
There's also 14 customizable dry erase card and storage pockets at the base of the calendar and weather board.
- Healthy mix of calendar and weather
- Includes customizable cards and holiday cards
- Weather across multiple days with ability to add more than one card per day if weather changes or will be mixed
- Storage pockets at base for unused cards
- Made from durable, easy to clean fabric and PET film to stand up to classroom wear and tear
- No wetness, wind, or humidity gauges or moon phases
- Occasionally, if a month that starts on a Friday or Saturday there may not leave enough room for the entire monthly calendar dates
- Typos on a couple cards
The KIGIGoal Circle Time Center chart is probably one of the most popular for preschool classrooms thanks to its circle time centric features like a letter, color, shape, and rhyme of the day.
In addition, you get the basic days of the week and date. There's a small section for weather with a turn style wheel and 20 cards to match clothes with said weather of the day.
Lastly, there's a section that focuses on counting making this durable classroom calendar and weatherboard a top pick, even if it isn't the deepest dive into weather.
- Includes 7 color cards, 8 shape cards, 72 word cards, 26 alphabet cards, 12 month cards, 72 cards for dates, week and day, 30 stickers in 6 colors, a weather wheel, and 20 clothing cards
- Pockets at base for unused pieces
- Durable nylon backing with strongly stitched plastic pockets and reinforced grommets for hanging
- No wetness, wind, or humidity gauges or moon phases
- Velcro stickers for counting not the most durable
The WATINC Daily Calendar Felt Board comes in at 3.5 ft wide, making it a great preschool early learning center for a classroom wall.
On the felt board, you'll find a mix of weather board information like the season, daily weather, and a little frog to get dressed based on the weather, as well as circle time daily planning info like the month, day of the week, date, and year.
- Blend of weather and daily planning
- Large enough for preschool classroom
- Felt design
- No wetness, wind, or humidity gauges
- No moon phases
- May have to velcro felt pieces to board
WhimsyPrintablesShop weather station is an adorable interactive printable weather station.
It's most similar to Moon Picnic's weather board with the same shape, temperature and wind gauges, and the wetter to better daily weather. However it does not show snow or have interchangeable centerpieces.
Beyond a printer, you'll need little brads to add the turnstyle pieces. But we think it's a beautiful affordable option!
- Includes temperature and wind gauge
- Includes daily weather setting
- Printable + interactive
- No phases of the moon
- No real wetness indicator
- No snow indicator
Montessori-ish's printable interactive weather station for toddlers + preschoolers is great for homes or circle time. It features an arched design with the upper section depicting sunny, cloudy, rainy, or snowy and a dial the child can set.
Rather than a temperature gauge, it uses a pipecleaner and bead setting to acknowledge cold, cool, warm or hot.
Lastly, it features beautiful cards for the season with nature imagery bringing the seasonal word to life.
- Interactive design
- Simple options for just learning about the weather and season
- Neutral color palette
- No wetness, humidity, or wind indicators
- Overly simple options may get a little boring for older preschoolers
Arrows + Applesauce's Montessori Weather Activity Set is a fun printable weather station set.
The first component is an interactive printable weather wheel where you print, attach an arrow with a brad, and let the child rotate between the pictures depicting the weather for the day.
Then you also get weather cards for matching and learning language as well as other homeschool montessori inspired activities. The imagery features beautiful water color designs and is sure to make any Montessori or Waldorf environment proud.
- Simple interactive design
- Included activity set
- Truly just focuses on weather at the simplest level; not a true “weather board” with all the other options
If you want a hybrid between a printable weatherboard and a planning your day circle time board, then DabbleRoutine has a great option for you!
You get both a non-editable and editable PDF versions of this printable morning board. There are sections for the weather, temperate, the season, month, date, and day of the week. As well as more “circle time” options like feelings, and a letter and shape of the day.
This set does require you to print and cut lots of small pieces, so you'll want a bag for switching out all the different elements. It uses a stick on design, so you may need velcro or some other stick on method.
- Temperature gauge and daily weather setting
- Includes circle time add-ons
- Not a true weatherboard with wetness, phases of the moon, humidity, etc.
- Lots of small pieces to keep track of
How To Choose The Best Weather Chart For Toddlers + Preschoolers
Deciding which learning concepts you want a weatherboard to cover for your toddler will ultimately be the largest deciding factor in selecting a weather chart in our experience.
There are two main types of weather boards on the market, those that focus solely on weather and those that focus on weather and planning the day.
Sole Weather Focus:
If opting for a sole weather focus, below are the common concepts you can find on a weather only board. Selecting which one's matter or don't matter to you before shopping can narrow the options:
- Temperature gauge
- Wetness indicator
- Wind factor
- Overall weather
- Phases of the moon
- Today/yesterday/tomorrow depiction
Some weather boards have these things, others don't. Living in Florida, I don't mind if a weather chart forgot snow, but do care about a wetness gauge as our seasons go through periods where it does rain everyday, but not all day every day, thus knowing how wet it'll be is more important to me in teaching a toddler how to get dressed.
Daily planning + Weather Criteria:
A lot of weather charts are really hybrids with calendars. These don't go into as much detail on weather, but rather focus on teaching other concepts as well which may be beneficial in a classroom or homeschool environment. Here are some common things you can find on these sort of hybrid boards:
- Day of the week
- Overall/general weather
- Letter/color/shape of the day
Weather charts come in a variety of materials. The most non toxic are generally wooden or printable PDFs.
You can also find magnetic or felt one's as well as extremely durable pocket designed one's. The latter option is generally best for preschool or kindergarten classrooms.
We all know kids learn through play based learning! Some weather charts include dolls or figures you can “get dressed” based on the weather.
Parents and teachers can also use these loose pieces to have the child set up scene and match the appropriate weather to the season or weather of the daily.
Generally speaking, all weatherboards are interactive.
However there are different types of motor skills involved. Typically felt or magnetic weather charts will just have you pulling and sticking on the various pieces.
Wooden or printable weatherboards often use a turn dial or slider.
Lastly, fabric and pockets designs require children to use precision at fitting teh cards into the slots.
Calendar and weather charts often have a lot of unused pieces. Ideally look for something with storage and consider how you'll replace missing pieces.
Some options, like Lovevery's have smart storage where the unused pieces are stored behind the one's in use. Others like this one use pockets at the bottom. Magnetic ones typically allow you to add the unused pieces to a secondary board.
FAQs About Weather Charts
How do I teach my toddler the weather?
When it comes to teaching young toddlers about the weather, the first place to start is simply by narrating out loud the weather throughout the day.
For instance, as you get dressed in the morning say, “Hmm, what should I wear today? Let me look outside! Oh it looks like there are some dark grey clouds which means rain, let me grab a raincoat.”
The younger you start this, the better. From there see the next question below:
How do you explain weather to preschoolers?
When introducing weather to preschoolers or toddlers the easiest place to start is just noticing the weather aloud throughout the day and then pairing that with a visual daily weather chart.
You may even want to look up the weather together on your phone each morning, then set a daily weather chart together.
What is a daily weather chart + how do you use it?
A daily weather chart is basically a board with various elements about the weather on it. At the simplest level you'll have a spot for setting the overall weather of the day like “sunny” or “rainy.”
If you want to dive deeper you can get into temperature, wind, humidity and wetness gauges as well as phases of the moon.
To use it, basically each day – and potentially throughout the day – you simply look and go outside to get a feel for the weather, then visit the weather station with your toddler and set the information accordingly. Additionally, you can teach older toddlers or kindergartener's how to look up information (e.g. wind factor or humidity) to set the weatherboard that way.
What are the benefits of weatherboards?
Weatherboards teach children how to read and predict local weather trends. This information can then be used to make appropriate clothing choices or pick appropriate activities for the day.
How do you make a simple weather chart?
The simplest way to create a weather chart for toddlers or kindergarten is to purchase one of the printable weather charts mentioned above. Each one has its own directions.
I love this option because each child can then make their own chart, and set the weather themselves as if they were home versus a large classroom one where only one or two children may get the chance to interact with it daily.
What is the best weather station for toddlers you can buy?
I personally love the Tender Leaf Toys wooden weather board because it has a spot for the phases of the moon, wetness and wind indicators, temperature gauges, and daily weather settings. With that said, the Inamio's magnetic weather chart for preschoolers and toddlers is a great affordable option that also showcases similar features.
As far as printable PDF weather charts, I love WhimsyPrintablesShop Weather Station for its unique interactive features and beautiful design. Plus it's super affordable!
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