There was thunder and heavy rain, what should we do? Time to take up on The interested child’s idea #100: Learn how to read a weather forecast and a weather map.
This was perfect, as my son was a bit scared of the thunder, admittedly it was close by, and the only thunder he remembers was from last summer when we were swimming in Pirkkolan Plotti (child friendly artificial pond for swimming in Helsinki) and we had to get out of the water when the thunder came so close to us.
So we checked the weather app on my mobile and studied the symbols. We looked up a few weather maps online as well. And then we did our own giant weather map without an actual map but just drawing the symbols. When that was done, the thunder had passed us. But the kids seem to have learned the symbols as we have been checking the weather app later on together and they’ve explained the forecast.
As a side note a great memory of a quick-witted lovely life guard on lightnings ( at the Kumpula outdoor pool, you may want to check it out):
When my daughter was two and we were ordered up from an outdoor swimming pool she went to a life guard asking were the Hattifatteners are. After all, the characters in the Hattifatteners get energy from lightnings in the Moomin stories, a child would remember that. But the life guards reply was amazing: she explained that the Hattifatteners are not allowed to the pool area as they don’t have money and can’t pay the entrance fee. And the child’s believe in the Moomin characters was safe.