Hurricane Dough & Weather Science Activities

This past week we left Corpus Christi during Hurricane Harvey and spent a few days in a hotel. It was raining the first few days and then my youngest got sick, of course. So, the sun was out but we were stuck in the room again. It was a bit of a challenge keeping the kids occupied and having fun while they we’re cooped up.

I figured it was a perfect time to do a little impromptu weather study.

We started our hurricane investigation by watching a video from National Geographic, by looking at this article from NASA on How Hurricanes Form, and then making a model. When I think of clouds I think of shaving cream, so we bought a bottle to use to make our model. We filled a large pot with warm water and stirred it to make the circular pattern of a hurricane and then we added in some of blue sugar glitter to the water and watched it spread out in the water. Next we added shaving cream to the pot to make clouds on the top of our hurricane and then of course more blue sugar glitter.

 

The kids even took the shaving cream into the tub to make some hurricanes.

 

 

Websites for Hurricane Study & Lessons

 

We used these websites and lesson plans to extend our knowledge:

Hurricanes 101

We started with this video from National Geographic about extreme weather.

NASA How Hurricanes Form

This is a great description of how hurricane forms. This site also has links to other extreme weather education resources here. Just click on the education tab on the far right and look around.

Mensa Hurricane Lesson Plan

This is a link to a 4th grade lesson plan done by Mensa. We only got into the first few pages of this, but I love it because it includes a lot of in depth ideas for learning relating to hurricanes, like the origin of the names cyclone, typhoon, and hurricane.

Also, It includes a primary source document of a New York Times article written in 1900 about a hurricane that hit Galveston, TX, which we read and discussed. My son also enjoyed the lesson on coming up with a name for North Atlantic hurricanes for NOAA.

* The lesson is great, but some of the external links within it didn’t work. That wasn’t a huge problem for us because we usually grab bits and pieces from all over when we are learning about a subject, but it could be frustrating if you thought you had all you needed.

 

Edible Hurricane Dough

We also had to make some fun edible marshmallow play dough.

 

Edible Hurricane Dough & Weather Science Activities

 

I have seen quite a few recipes around the internet that melt marshmallows, but that seemed like an extra step when they sell marshmallow fluff. So, I had been wanting to try to make some.

 

Here’s our ingredients for Edible Hurricane Dough:

 

Marshmallow fluff

We used a 13oz. container and it made quite a bit.

Confectioner’s sugar

We bought a 32oz. bag and used about 3/4 of it, about 2-3 cups worth. We added a little at a time and mixed it with a spoon at first and then with our hands. My son loved this part and said it was so soft and fluffy.

Silver and blue edible sugar glitter

Add as much of this as you like. We bought the silver to make it look more like clouds and the blue for rain color.  The blue sugar actually gave the dough a really light blue color after a little mixing.

 

To make Edible Hurricane Dough:

We emptied the jar of fluff into a pan and mixed in confectioner’s sugar until it wasn’t sticky anymore.

And, that was a lot of sugar people.

Eventually… it wasn’t sticking to our hands and we could mix in the sugar. It gets softer the more you play with it. And, it smells amazing. The kids were begging to try it the whole time we were mixing it.

*I ended up adding about a tablespoon of room temperature butter to it to help with the stickiness. If I’d had vegetable oil I would’ve used that.

It was a little messy, a lot sticky, but super fun and the kids had fun winding the dough and trying to get it to look like a hurricane.

 

 

What DIY play dough recipes have you tried? Let me know in the comments.

 

I linked up at:

The Homeschool Post

 

 

 

 

 

Edible Hurricane Dough & Weather Science Activities
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Hi there, I'm so glad you stopped by. I'm Heidi, a perfectly imperfect woman, wife, and homeschooling mama who lives each day by the grace Jesus provides and a strong pot of coffee. We are a full time Rving family and spent last year roadschooling across the United States and loved every minute of it! I love National Parks and spending time with my family seeking out new adventures.

2 Comments

    • Hi Alison, One of the things I love most about homeschooling is using real life to teach my kiddos. This study was a good way to incorporate real life and to ease the scary aspects of this kind of storm for them. Thanks for sharing my post, Heidi

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