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When we start our spring preschool theme, we spend a lot of time talking about the weather.
It makes sense, of course, as spring is the one time of year where it’s nearly impossible to miss just how often the weather is changing.
So, we use this opportunity to start learning about various types of weather and when possible, we try to incorporate the practice of other skills as well.
These weather shadow matching cards work perfectly for that!
Whether we’re talking about the weather that we’re seeing right outside our windows or the types of weather that may happen throughout the year, these weather shadow matching cards come in handy!
Everything from snow and rain to clouds and sunshine in included and when we first introduce them we’ll compare them to the types of weather that we see everyday on our calendar board and even read a few stories that can teach us a little more about weather.
But these cards really shine when you use them for shadow matching.
Shadow Matching for Visual Discrimination Skills
Yes, we’re covering math in the matching and science with the types of weather, but these shadow matching cards are also a fantastic way to work on those visual discrimination skills!
Visual discrimination skills are the ones that make it possible for your preschoolers to detect the differences in objects and then classify those objects by the characteristics that they notice.
This not only helps when they are trying to sort objects, but it’s also useful in reading, writing, and reading facial expressions and body language!
Weather Shadow Matching for Preschoolers
These cards are perfect for busy boxes, early finishers, as part of your math center, and they are super easy to prep.
Once you’ve printed out the weather shadow matching cards, simply cut them out and run them through your laminator.
They’ll be ready for your students to use and they’ll have a blast matching each of the weather pictures to the shadow shapes that they make!
Extend the Activity
If you have a few students that need a little extra practice on their matching or visual discrimination skills, pair them up in groups of two and turn these cards into a memory matching game!