How to Start a Kids Weather Station

How to Start a Kids Weather Station

Homeschoolers don’t get snow days (most of the time) but the weather is still a part of their learning. Meteorology is an engaging science with plenty of hands-on learning opportunities. Let’s face it, the weather is always there! No matter where you live, you experience weather first hand, on a daily basis. This makes it a perfect real-world science for kids. Ready to get your kids hooked on learning about weather patterns and meteorological terms? Keep reading for a step by step guide on how to start a kid’s weather station in your homeschool.

Annual Weather Tracking Worksheet

Tools to Start a Homeschool Weather Station

Every scientist needs tools. For meteorology, tools can be pretty expensive and high tech, or simple and low cost. However, evey weather station will need a way to measure the following:

Pick out tools that fit your budget and outdoor space. Look for opportunities to double up on tools. For example, a thermometer might also have a barometer. Find a safe spot to house each of your tools, then create a routine for checking each tool.

Daily Weather Jourals for Kids

Weather Journals for Kids:

Part of the fun of setting up a weather station is recording the daily weather! Encourage your children to record their findings each day in their weather journals. Using a daily weather journal will help you see patterns and over time help you predict what the weather will be. There are a variety of different types of weather journals available on You’ll find simple daily weather sticker charts, monthly calendar tracking sheets, and more advanced daily weather tracking which includes extras like wind direction, wind speed, precipitaion and more.

Annual Weather Tracker & Monthly Weather Tracker

You can also track the weather on an annual weather journal sheet to see longer-term patterns at a glance. It’s also a fun and colorful way to add some color to your homeschool classroom.

See Inside Weather & Climate Book by Usborne & Weather Sticker Chart

Weather Science Books for Kids:

Now that you have all those special tools and instruments set up, it’s time to learn how to use them!  Grab a couple of good books on weather and weather predicting to get your homeschool weather station off the ground. Some recommendations are listed below. 

Weather Tracing Pages for Fine Motor Skills

Weather Youtube Channels:

There are also some amazing channels on Youtube about meteorology for children. The best thing about them is they are free to use. It’s like getting your own personal meteorological science tutor delivered right to your school room! Let these experts help you start a homeschool weather station for your family.

There are many decorative weather tracking options available as well. You might find that setting up a children’s weather station, inspires you to add more tracking elements indoors as well. Since these elements will be in your home, you might consider more visually appealing options if that is a concern for you.

Homeschool Weather Station Activities for All Ages

Time to add some hands-on learning activities. A homeschool weather station can be a hobby or a full blown science study. Add activities and experiments to suit your homeschool needs. The printables include everything from a weather journal to STEM challenges. If you really want to dive deeply into meteorology, check out the weather lab kits. These are packed with activities, information, and experiments. 

Weather Lab Kits:

Electronic Weather Station:

If you opt to get a professional level weather station, you can even join the “Weather Underground” and help predict the weather for your area. 

Need more kid-friendly weather station ideas? Try our preschool Kids Weather Station Printables Page!


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  • Backyard Ideas for Kids Reply

    […] Weather-March winds, April showers, and the occasional snowstorm make springtime the perfect classroom for meteorology. Set up a weather station and start learning! […]

    June 2, 2020 at 6:04 am
  • Thara Reply


    This is a great idea. For this unit study I’m going to cover other topics like foreign extreme weather events in order to liven things up. We will also make a barometer in our weekly art class too. I will start this one in January next year however. In terms of learning this topic has a lot of scope. In the maths lesson I want to focus on the numbers in question. In English class I will address reading and writing skills. Plus during history class the aim is to do research into extreme weather events and make some brief summary notes. Geography is easy.

    July 19, 2023 at 12:07 am

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