My Weather Station

What's the weather like where you are? Create your very own neat printable weather station to hang on your wall and report today's weather like an expert! This printable weather activity is a fun way to encourage kids to observe the weather everyday and learn how to describe it in words. Kids will find the dial and sliders fun to use. Follow our easy tutorial below to assemble the dial and the sliders.

The set includes 21 flashcards with words that describe the weather and children can pick 2 words for each day – like hot & dry, mild & breezy etc in combination with other indicators on the chart. Feel free to create your own cards and add them! Children can write, draw and decorate their own cards to use with this weather station.

How to make
my weather station

Although the instructions are long, it’s actually easy and quick to make! Just print the template and follow below!

Firstly, cut all the solid black lines including the holes and slits.
We ‘laminated’ small parts by covering them with clear tape so they don’t tear when used.

Making the movable arrow for the weather dial

1
Push the pivot through the small hole as shown below.

2
Now pass it through the hole in the red arrow. (We covered the surface of the arrow with clear tape before cutting the hole in the middle, folded the sides to give it a thickness and wrapped with more tape.)

3
Put a dab of glue on top of the pivot and attach the black pivot cover. Check if the arrow is moving smoothly. Done!

Making the sliding frame for the wind chart

Cut the 2 solid lines above and below ‘calm/breezy/windy’ on the main page.

Cut out the small blue frame shape (again, we ‘laminated’ the surface with clear tape) and cut all the solid lines to make 2 ‘flaps’ inside the blue frame. Push the white ‘flaps’ behind the cut strip on the main page. Put a small piece of tape at the back. Check if the frame moves left and right.

Making the temperature arrow slider

1
Cut the solid lines on the main page and weave the shape ‘A’ (marked on the template) through the slits so the black arrows show on the front as in the photo.

2
Turn the page over and on the rear side fold the sides of the shape ‘A’ over the strips towards the middle and glue the ends to secure. Don’t fold over the edges too tightly or get glue on the inside strip (it won’t move!). Check if it moves along the strip smoothly.

3
Now apply glue all over the back of it as shown.

4
And attach the shape ‘B’ print-side down.

5
Turn the page over and pull out the sides of shape ‘B’ to the front. Fold them forwards so it’s easy to grab them. It should look just like this and move along the temperature slider up and down.

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41 Responses to My Weather Station

  1. Thank you! As a professional graphic designer and busy momma, I REALLY appreciate these excellent, functional, and beautiful printable pieces!

    Two other ideas for inserting the small vocab cards: use two photo corners (I had sticky white ones!) at the bottom of each rectangle or cut two slits in the bottom corners (though this may be more difficult for wee hands.)

    Thank you and rock on! 🙂

  2. i love your website!!!! i use it everyday for our daycare and i must say the activities you have are way better then the workbooks provided for us!!! <3 <3 Keep up the good work

  3. As a kindergarten teacher, and as a craftophile, I want to say thank you for this amazing printable and this wonderful website!

  4. We LOVE your site! We’ve done flag cards, winter wonderland, peg dolls, subs and more! I adore the “up cycling” and wonderful design! Here is a shot of our weather station!

  5. Here’s our weather station. I taped a strip of card stock to the spots for weather vocab words so it created like a pocket for them to sit in. Then I made a holder for the rest of the words. I printed everything out on card stock to make it tougher and glued it all to a box so it will stand up by itself.
    (sorry if this posts two pics, I couldn’t get the image to come up without two thumbnails.) Thanks for the wonderful resources!! Going to work on a calendar next!

  6. I was really surprised to see your work being promoted on the Pottery Barn Kids website without a link or accreditation to you. A blogger called You Are My Fave, has used your activity for a party, but doesn’t seem to have clearly credited your original work (although she does link to your printable). Pottery Barn Kids have then linked to her tutorial without crediting you.

    Your work is totally amazing, and I love the way you share them. I’ve posted a comment on both blogs, suggesting they should properly credit you.

    • Hi Katie, thank you so much for thinking of us! I just had a look at the Pottery Barn post. Agree with you that they should make an effort to find and credit the contents properly. Thanks for leaving the comments! ^ ^ Very cute pics from You are my fave BTW.

  7. thanks so much for this! i love the design and my daughter is having fun with it. i used small clothespins for the “today is…” part. hopefully it will hold up!

  8. Hi,

    I’m from Belgium and found this one on Pinterest. Looks amazing! Only my kids in 5th grade aren’t that good in English so I took an effort and made it myself in Dutch! Really big thanks for the example, hopefully the kids will love to work with it!

    Greetings from Belgium!

  9. First I must say… You Rock!!!! Here is our weather station. I laminated it and we linked it together with pipe cleaners so it can be folded. It is our Portable Weather Station. The “Today is” words are laminated as well and they are attached to the station with small round velcro dots and are stored in a little photo album that he also decorated with cutouts of those words. We hang it on our door with a magnet. My son loves it! The moving parts are great! Thank you for all that you do and share!

  10. tried printing these today, getting lots of symbols instead of words. Can someone help?
    My kids are weather nuts, and anxiously waiting! This is great!!

  11. Here is our weather station!! My three kiddos LOVE it and so do I!! 🙂 I laminated the cards using clear contact paper. We decided to put magnets on the back and put it on our front door. Thanks for these wonderful printables that help make homeschooling easy and fun!!

  12. Here is ours!
    I ‘laminated’ it by putting clear tape over the weather station and cards then glued them onto coloured card stock. We hot glued velcro to the back of the cards and the two spaces where the cards go.

  13. Love this resource! I would like to use it in my French class. Is it possible to get it in Word format to edit the language? Thanks,

  14. Hi! We live in Panama. I’m obsessed with laminating things, since my mother sent us a laminator for our homeschooling stuff. I laminated the entire thing and it came out super! We used a glittery pipe cleaner as the tack for the wetter/better section. My DH asked what if we need rain? wouldn’t that be “better” weather then? Hee hee. Anyway. My girls love it! Thanks for making some really great easy printables and projects for us homeschooling families out in the middle of nowhere! 🙂

    Dashaina

  15. Olá!!! Gosto muito deste trabalho… Moro no Brasil, então preciso da estação em português!!!
    Vocês poderiam fazer uma versão no meu idioma?
    agradeço a atenção
    Fabiana

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