Have fun whilst staying at home with our Yorkshire Attractions activity ideas!

This week it’s Weather Week!

Have fun whilst staying at home with our Yorkshire Attractions activity ideas. Every week we’re bringing you activities that are themed around our attractions, to guarantee you will have plenty of fun and learn a lot whilst you stay at home.

In celebration of the wonderful sunshine we’ve been having, this week’s theme is WEATHER! You may not be able to get out and about in the sunshine at our outdoor attractions, or spend some time cooling off at our indoor attractions, but we’ve got some fabulous activities for you to do at home, come rain or shine.

1. Make a Weather Dice

Roll it in the morning to see if it matches the weather outside. Or why not use it to play Pictionary or Charades with your family?

You will need: paper, pens, scissors, glue

  1. Download the template here, or draw your own cube net on a piece of paper – make sure the lines are nice and straight, and include tabs to help you glue it together.
  2. Draw a different weather symbol on each face of the cube.
  3. Carefully cut out the template – make sure not to cut off the tabs!
  4. Put glue on each tab and carefully stick it together.
  5. Roll the dice and guess the weather!

2. Wind Experiment

Understand how wind works with this easy experiment!

You will need: a plastic bottle, bowl, hot water, balloon

  1. Put the balloon on top of the plastic bottle – it will be completely deflated.
  2. Fill a bowl with hot water. (Not too hot – get an adult to help if needed!)
  3. Set the bottle in the bowl of hot water.
  4. Watch the balloon inflate as the air inside heats up.

How it works: hot air rises, which causes it to move – and wind is movement of air caused by the uneven heating of the Earth by the sun.

3. Fake Snow

It might be summertime but you can still play in the snow with this easy craft!

You will need: Bicarbonate of soda, shaving cream or white hair conditioner, white or silver glitter (optional), mixing bowl

  1. Put a mugful of bicarbonate of soda into a bowl – add glitter if using.
  2. Gradually add small squirts of shaving foam or hair conditioner and mix it together with your hands until you reach a powdery, fluffy consistency – if it gets too liquid-y just add a little more bicarbonate of soda.
  3. You now have snow! You can mould it into snowballs or make little snowmen.

4. Make a Sundial

You will need: paper plate, pens, sharp pencil, straw, drawing pins

  1. Position your paper plate so it is upside down. Write the number 12 at the top of your plate and add numbers all the way around it to look like a clock.
  2. Decorate the rest of the plate.
  3. Make a hole in the centre of the plate with your pencil. Use a ruler to help you find the centre if you need to.
  4. Insert the straw into the hole.
  5. At midday, put your sundial in the sun (choose a spot that is sunny for most of the day if you can), so the shadow cast by the straw points to the 12.
  6. Return every hour and the shadow will point to the time!

5. Tiny Lightning Experiment

You will need: a balloon, metal spoon, wool jumper, dark room

  1. Blow up a balloon and tie the end.
  2. Go to a dark room with all the materials.
  3. Hold the balloon where it is tied and rub it on a wooly jumper or your head.
  4. Get the balloon close to the metal spoon and when it is close enough, you will see a tiny spark jump from the balloon to the metal.
  5. If you don’t see any sparks, try rubbing the balloon on a jumper or your head whilst you are sitting on a chair, or wearing shoes.

How it works: Static electricity is produced inside a thundercloud, and this moves to the ground, creating lightening. Rubbing the balloon also created static electricity, which moves to the spoon, creating a tiny spark of lightning.

Get creative, have fun and most importantly stay safe!

Don’t forget to stay tuned for more exciting activities next week.