It is that time of year in Kansas… Spring always brings storm season! Something that can be quite scary for an adult, let alone a child. Fear is the worst enemy when it comes to making good decisions and staying safe. So, how do you talk to kids about severe weather? Most importantly the T word (Tornado)?
Start by explaining weather in general! We read Weather in Spring (All about Spring) that was included in our Funshine Express kit. Which told about all the changes that take place as we transition from winter to spring and why. It has lots of detailed pictures and is perfect for young readers and preschoolers.
Then we made these fun weather charts that came in our March Fireflies weather unit from Funshine Express. This is a good way for kids to connect each day with the weather conditions and learn that not everyday will be stormy. Ashlee loves to change the marker as the day progresses. I think it gives her some comfort and she learns that weather isn’t such a scary thing.
Another way to make storm season less scary is to make it fun with Puppets!!! Like this rain cloud puppet from Funshine Express.
Have the children play with the puppets and pretend to be the storm that is happening outside. When the thunder rolls and lightning strikes, let them pretend that it their cloud puppet making the noise.
The most important way to stay safe and make it less scary is to practice, Practice, PRACTICE! We got an awesome storm shelter last year and have monthly drills (sometimes more) to make sure that we can all get to our safe spot. Practice tornado crouching with a fun dance.
Find out more about our safe spot here.
Also I would highly recommend getting a weather radio to stay updated on the latest watches and warning. Also know the differences between them. Learn when it is time to take shelter and don’t wait until the last minute.
A TORNADO WATCH means tornadoes are possible in your area. Stay tuned to the radio or television news.
A TORNADO WARNING means a tornado is either on the ground or has been detected by Doppler radar. Seek shelter immediately!
Get the kids involved in making a disaster supplies kit that includes a first aid kit, flashlights and extra batteries, snacks, water, card game or small toy, battery operated radio, extra clothes, or other supplies.
The National Weather Service has some great ideas and resources available to help teach kids about storms at Weather for Kids. They offer downloadable coloring books, stories, crafts, and games.
What are some ways that you help your kids and family prepare for storm season?