Emotion Weather Chart

Preschooler smiling at Bright Horizons childcare center

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to build tolerance of frustration and encourage persistence in building.

Materials Needed:

  • My Inside Weather (Click Here) by Jen Thorpe
  • Pictures of various types of weather e.g., sunny, windy, rainstorm, snowstorm
  • Construction paper
  • Glue or tape
  • Writing utensils

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction, and 2 or more participants/players.


  1. Read the story ‘My Inside Weather’ with your child. Talk about the correlation between emotions and weather.
  2. Glue weather pictures to construction paper.
  3. Under each weather picture write the feelings you and your child identify with each of the weather patterns. For example, a picture of sunny weather = joyful, glee, happy, excited or a picture of wind = confused, anxious, distracted.
  4. Hang your emotion weather chart in your home in a central location. Encourage your child to use it to identify their feelings throughout the day. Role model using the weather chart yourself, “I am feeling frustrated, I feel stormy right now.”
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