Wild Weather

Ever heard of a meteorologist? You know, the people on the nightly news who point at a big map and talk about the weather? But meteorology is about more than predicting beach days or snowstorms—this is the science that focuses on the Earth’s atmosphere, and here on earth, the weather can get pretty wild.

Consider this: Each minute of the day, 1 billion tons of water fall on the Earth. A heatwave can make train tracks bend and turn grapes into raisins. And in parts of Antarctica, the snow falls so hard you wouldn’t be able to see your hand in front of your face. (Brrrrrrrr.) Get ready to explore the incredible nature of weather and why it matters so much for our planet. This week at Camp Kinda, you'll become a meteorologist.

A Note for Parents: This week’s adventure includes some videos, images, and stories about hurricanes and tornadoes. If you feel your child may be sensitive to these topics, please encourage them to skip ahead.

what you’ll need

  • Your Camp Kinda toolkit
  • A glass jar with a lid
  • A paper plate or bowl
  • Ice
  • Hot water
  • A bottle of water
  • A zip lock bag
  • Food coloring (preferably blue)
  • Shaving cream
  • A balloon
  • A plastic straw
  • An empty soda can
  • 2 clear containers
  • Baby oil (or another oil to substitute)
  • Alka Seltzer
  • A wool sweater or carpet

A Note on Materials: This week's materials list includes a few items that are a little more unusual. If you can find them, we think they make for some really cool experiments. If you can't, no worries, just skip ahead.

weekly family activity

Enjoy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs this week, a movie about an inventor who tries to save his town by making it rain delicious foods. (Check out the Common Sense Media review to make sure it's a good fit for your family.)

this week’s content builder:

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith has spent the past 9 years working in KIPP New Orleans and KIPP NYC Schools. At KIPP Central City in New Orleans, she currently leads the Student Support Program, which specializes in programs for students with significant intellectual and emotional disabilities.

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