Teaching Temperatures from a Young Age

28 August 2015, 19:52

Even if you have no idea when you learned about temperatures and what they mean, you would probably agree it was an essential topic to learn about. Even as an adult you will look at the temperature for the day ahead and use that information to dress in a particular way. If you hadn’t learned about temperature you would get caught out even more than you probably already do!

Nowadays there are many more ways to learn about temperature than there were previously. For example, there are interactive games and apps that are based on temperature and what it means. It doesn’t take that much effort to find a range of apps and online games referring to temperature so young children can become more familiar with it.

Many of these are based around an interactive thermometer of some kind. This will usually show Celsius on one side and Fahrenheit on the other. One example we found had a slider which allowed the child to see what a particular temperature in Celsius equated to in Fahrenheit, and vice versa. This example also had pictures and examples relating to specific temperatures. These included snow scenes and desert scenes, and other things such as boiling water as well.

By including examples of what particular temperature would relate to, it becomes easier for a child to understand what a specific temperature might mean and feel like. There are other games online as well that approach temperature in a different way, but they all provide a good way to learn.

Another example of a game that brings in thermometers is one where a level of mercury is shown on an interactive online thermometer. The child then has to type in what the temperature is in Celsius and enter their answer to see if they are right or not. This also brings in the idea of understanding how to read a thermometer – an important skill to have as a child grows older.

We also found a game where the association between the temperature and the outside world was clearly shown. By sliding the thermometer the picture next to it changes through the seasons, showing snow, greenery and then parched land depending on what the temperature is at any one time.

As you can see, it’s not just about learning how Celsius and Fahrenheit relate to each other. It’s also about teaching how temperatures are related to the world around us in so many different ways. As adults we sometimes forget this. However young children have to learn the various lessons that are associated with different temperatures and the effects they can have. The more knowledge they have at a young age, the more knowledgeable they will be about Celsius and Fahrenheit later on. This could make a big difference to them in the future.