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North Hills Kids Virtual & At-Home Activities

Now, more than ever, it is important to keep our children engaged and stimulated as we all work through this period of uncertainty.  North Hills Kids, presented by Wells Orthodontics, is here to help!  We’ll be releasing weekly blog posts with ways your children can still benefit from programming, even if it is virtual!  When we all work to #stayhome, we can move closer toward gathering outside together very soon!

In this week’s lesson plan, we focus on all things weather related!

First things first, let’s go over some basic terms and definitions!

Weather: It describes the condition of the air at a particular time and place. Weather also tells how the air moves (wind) and describes anything it might be carrying such as rain, snow or clouds. Thunder, lightning, rainbows, haze and other special events are all part of weather.

Meteorology: A science that deals with the atmosphere, weather, and weather forecasting.

Atmosphere: A layer of gases surrounding a planet. The Earth’s atmosphere is divided into five layers: exosphere, thermosphere, mesosphere, stratosphere, and troposphere.

Clouds: A visible collection of tiny water droplets or, at colder temperatures, ice crystals floating in the air above the surface. Clouds come in many different sizes and shapes. Clouds can form at ground level, which is fog, at great heights in the atmosphere, and everywhere in between. Clouds offer important clues to understanding and forecasting the weather.

For our younger readers, check out these Printable Flashcards to help learn about all the different kinds of weather we have!

Crafts & Experiments

Cloud in a Jar

What You’ll Need

  • Warm Water
  • Jar with a lid
  • Ice Cubes
  • Aerosol Hairspray


  1. Pour warm water (not boiling) into the jar and swirl it around to warm the inside of the whole jar.
  2. Turn the lid upside down and place several ice cubes on top of it. Place the lid onto the jar.
  3. Quickly remove the lid and give a quick spray of aerosol hairspray. Replace the lid.
  4. Remove the lid and watch the cloud escape!

Soda Bottle Volcano

*This experiment is MESSY!  Make sure you are outside where you have lots of room!*

What You’ll Need

  • Roll of Mint Mentos
  • Clear 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke


  1. Go outside to an area where you have a lot of room.
  2. Open the bottle of soda carefully. Position the bottle on the ground, so that it will not tip over.
  3. Unwrap the roll of Mentos. The goal is to drop the Mentos into the bottle at the same time, which is very tricky.
  4. Drop all of the Mentos into the bottle at the same time and then move out of the way just as quick as you can & watch the eruption!

Curious why this happens?  Check out Weather Wiz Kids for a full explanation of the reaction!

Shaving Cream Umbrella Craft

Follow these easy instructions for a fun and colorful craft that your little ones can enjoy!

Paper Sun Craft

Design your own unique sun with this Sun Craft activity

For more activities and kid friendly videos, check out The Weather Channel’s Kid Zone for more resources!

Extra Weekly Activity

Each week, we will be ending with our top pick for an activity or idea to help keep you and your family going during this time.  This week, we are featuring Bravery Magazine.  Bravery is a quarterly print publication for boys and girls that features a brave woman from our history in each issue.

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