The 3 Best Weather Gifts and Toys for Science-Loving Kids

Perfect presents for little meteorologists

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How do we keep track of weather? How do we chart and predict it? If your child is a budding meteorologist, she might enjoy some of these weather-related toys.

Why Weather Toys are Cool

The weather has always captivated humans. It is all around us and constantly changing and it can bring about some pretty amazing scenes.

We can see cirrus clouds scudding across the sky, cumulus clouds turning gray and becoming storm clouds. We notice a bright sky darkening on the horizon, with winds picking up, as a storm brews. Thunder booms and lightning strikes. Tornadoes form and meander through towns destroying anything in their paths.

All of this and more can be both scary and quite fascinating, even for children. For some kids, it can even be the start of a career studying the weather and toys like these can help them play with that interest.

Discovery Kids Extreme Weather Science Kit

This lab kit is a water-filled container that simulates the creation and action of a tornado in miniature, of course.

Watching the spinning tornado really is fascinating. The clear sides allow you to watch the tornado as it forms and then watch as it spins. The top is clear, providing you with a look down into the vortex of the tornado.

This lab has a 5-speed control. For ages 6 and up.

4M Weather Station Kit

Perhaps your child is more interested in everyday weather rather than extreme weather like tornadoes. This weather station is a nice little kit to get a child started.

It helps kids understand what it means to observe and record weather data. It has a wind vane, an anemometer, a thermometer, and a rain gauge.

Also included is a bottle where kids can plant a seed to create a terrarium and experiment with the greenhouse effect.

Ages 8 and up.

Smart Lab You Track It Weather Lab

This is another great item for budding meteorologists. The lab includes weather measuring “tools” like an anemometer, compass, weather vane/thermometer, rain gauge, and weatherboard complete with a cloud chart. But that’s not all!

There is also great information about the extreme weather on the planet like the highest temperature ever recorded. Five weather-related experiments are also included and any kid will get a kick out of using crickets to predict the weather.

Ages 7 and up.

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