Weather for Kids

bird in yellow raincoat in rainstormWhat is weather? What is climate? Are they the same thing?

Well, no, they are not the same. The scientists at NASA's Climate Kids website tell us the difference: 

"Weather is a specific event—like a rainstorm or hot day—that happens over a few hours, days or weeks. Climate is the average weather conditions in a place over 30 years or more. NASA has observed that Earth's climate is getting warmer."

One easy way to remember the difference is to recall that author Mark Twain once said, "Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get."

Here is another famous quote about the weather: "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it."

Weather Jokes

What game do tornadoes like to play?     Twister

What's a weatherman's favorite reptile?     A blizzard

What goes up when the rain comes down?     An umbrella

What's the difference between weather and climate?     You can't weather a tree, but you can climate!


Weather Games

Play a game where you can Dress for the Weather, or play Weather Surprise.


Poems and Songs

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day,

Little (Child's name) wants to play. Rain, rain, go away.


Thunder crashes. Lightning flashes. 

Rain makes puddles, I make splashes.


Pitter-patter, raindrops, falling from the sky;

Here is my umbrella to keep me safe and dry!

When the rain is over, and the sun begins to glow,

Little flowers start to bud, and grow and grow and grow!


Feel like singing in the rain? Try some of these Weather Seasons Songs for Kids.


Books and Information

The Library has picturebooks and non-fiction books about the weather for kids. You can learn more about the weather by looking it up in the eSource World Book for Kids.



Posted by GailC on February 22, 2021