Posted on March 17, 2020

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

An old weather saying is that the month of March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Our friend Peppa oinks, but she does have friends who “roar” and “baaa”! With Peppa’s help, let’s track the Spring weather and our feelings to see if there is any connection between the two. See if they’re more like wild lions or calm lambs.

Materials:

Paper and crayon/marker/pencil

Steps:

1. Let’s make or print a calendar for the month of March.


2. Let’s learn about lion and lamb weather and track the weather and our feelings for the rest of the month.


3. What’s today’s date? Is the weather outside calm like a lamb or angry like a lion? Mark the calendar with the word or a picture of the appropriate animal. And how do we feel: calm or angry (or sad or happy…)? Make a “feeling face” (like a smiley or frowny face) that represents our feelings.


4. Are our feelings connected to the weather or not? Let’s keep track for the rest of the month, and see what happens to the weather and how we feel.

Words to Use:

Observe – to watch
Spring – one of the four seasons (the others are summer, fall, and winter)
Weather – the state of the atmosphere at a place and time (regarding heat, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain, etc.)
Lamb – a young sheep
Lion – a big cat that lives in groups called “prides,” usually in Africa or India

Simplify: 

Show your little meteorologist how to do it: Point out the window and describe the weather. If it’s sunny, draw a lamb on the box. Then create a smiley face or a frowny face to represent your feelings. Talk it out! You can also cut out or print out pictures of lambs, lions, and different faces! Tomorrow, see if your child will take the lead!

Stretch: 

Ask your child to describe the weather outside, as well as his or her feelings. See if he or she will draw lambs/lions or write the words. Over time, compare the weather and your moods — are they the same or different? 

Why:

Observing the weather can spark your child’s curiosity about the natural world and meteorology, and talking openly about feelings can help your child understand his or her own feelings and manage emotions. This is always important — but especially in times of stress and hardship. 

Extend the Learning:

Watch a feeling face video with your child on Noggin to learn more about the feelings. Find “Feeling Faces” in the Bubble Guppies, PAW Patrol, and Wallykazam! sections of Noggin.

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