The Best Toys Let Nature Do the Heavy Lifting

Donna Freydkin
·2 mins read

Much like Amy Dunne in Gone Girl, the weather these days is mercurial, ruthless, and utterly unreliable. And while you can (quietly) curse the fickle gods of thunder and lighting when your park outing is ruined, your kid doesn’t understand why a previously glorious, sunny day just turned into a scene from The Perfect Storm. Weather impacts kids’ lives: Storms are scary, rainbows are pretty, puddles are damn fun.

That’s where the beautiful wooden “My Weather Station,” a 3-D weather chart for kids from Moon Picnic, comes in. It’s part science lesson, part showpiece, and something concrete that gives preschoolers a sense of understanding and control over what’s happening outdoors. It’s an observational tool that teaches kids to track temperature, wind, and humidity. And it’s quite possibly the easiest, and most practical, science lesson they’ll ever have at home, as they begin to understand what cold or hot means, why an influx of dark clouds leads to a downpour, and how to dress accordingly.

My Weather Station by Moon Picnic

Kids learn about the weather by moving the weather meter, turning the dials, and sliding the thermometer.

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Little meteorologists move the weather meter to show whether it’s gross or sunny out, turn the dials to figure out humidity and wind levels, and slide the thermometer up and down to indicate how cold, or warm, it is outside. It’s made of sustainable beechwood and is that rare toy that’s sleek enough to hang on the wall.

Parents can go one further and create a weather journal, where kids can help track daily weather and changes in temperature. It’s an easy way to learn the fundamentals of science, and a quick, fun activity to do together. And while it won’t guarantee a perfect beach day, or even a rain-free park outing, it at least makes kids feel like they have some ownership and understanding of what Mother Nature has in store.

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