Teaching Temperature


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Apparel Indicating Weather Thermometer makes teaching temperature easy.

#25AT,  $24.00

Made in the USA

Standard dial Apparel Indicating Weather Thermometer

Shows "What to wear out there" - Our unique and vibrant Apparel Indicating Weather Thermometer shows "what to wear out there!" Its patented design makes it the perfect tool for teaching temperature and how to dress for the weather.

This brightly colored thermometer's needle points to pictures of what clothes are appropriate for the current temperature. It looks great in anyone's garden (Mom's, Dad's, Grandparent's, Aunt's, Uncle's, even the elementary school's!)

Olmstead Product Award winner - The Apparel Indicating Weather Thermometer was tested by the Congress Against the Exploitation of Disabled Persons, who determined that, "THIS PRODUCT IS RECOMMENDED FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND ELDERLY PERSONS WHO WISH TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY."

It was awarded an "Olmstead Approved Product Award" in January 2006.

Makes teaching temperature easy - Originally invented to help our own son learn to dress appropriately for the temperature, the LucasWorks Apparel Indicating Weather Thermometer helps teach children to "dress for the weather", teaching temperature concepts using visual cues.

This easy to use learning tool is perfect for teaching temperature ideas to your pre-schoolers, and also for autistic and mentally disabled children and adults. It even gives a gentle reminder to adults with early stage Alzheimer's, so they don't over or under dress for the current weather conditions.

Unlike those tiny table top models, this colorful thermometer can be easily seen by an entire room, or from several of them! Perfect for teaching temperature concepts in homes, classrooms, daycare or residential care facilities, etc.

Made by people with autism - Our Apparel Indicating Weather Thermometer is proudly made in the USA by people with autism and other mental disabilities.

Apparel Indicating thermometers are assembled by people with autism.

  • They get a chance to learn and practice assembly skills, packaging techniques and word processing to make the box labels and inserts. They even type the shipping labels!
  • Of course, teaching temperature to this same group of people is easy with this thermometer! They can use this visual reminder to learn dressing for the temperatures!
  • Its closed coil movement is easily adjustable to ensure the correct readings. If adjustment is necessary, it can be calibrated to the proper temperature easily and quickly with a quick turn of the dial on the back.
  • 12.5 inches in diameter, it comes completely assembled, ready to hang outside.
  • There is NO MERCURY in this thermometer.

Easy to use - We have had enormous success teaching temperature ideas to Lucas, showing him how to dress for the weather without any more fights, thanks to the Apparel Indicating Weather Thermometer.

Lucas can now get up, check what to wear by looking outside at the thermometer, and go get dressed. No more putting on sweat shirts in 93 degree heat or fighting over wearing shorts in winter.

Works for everyone - Our Apparel Indicating Thermometer was specifically designed with no illustration of a person on it. It simply and clearly shows just the clothing appropriate to specific temperature ranges, making it the perfect tool for teaching temperature to ANYONE who has difficulty understanding the relationship between clothing choices and temperature, regardless of their age, nationality or gender.

From a preschool aged child just learning to dress themselves to a teenager with autism or mental retardation, to an elderly person with dementia who needs a gentle reminder to put a coat on in the winter, the Apparel Indicating Thermometer is appropriate for teaching temperature concepts on a daily basis.

Save a life - Just this past April, we attended an Autism Walk in Harrisburg, PA. The walk was named for a young man who wandered away from his home, and because he was not properly dressed for the bitterly cold weather, he froze to death before searchers could locate him.

We heard many times that day that maybe this tragedy could have been averted if this young man had been able to dress for the weather with help from the Apparel Indicating Weather Thermometer.

Let's face it; the number one reason for teaching temperature concepts with the weather is because it's so important to wear the right clothes for the temperature. This Apparel Indicating Thermometer quickly and easily shows your child what to wear, so they'll be comfortable and safe outside.

So if you or someone you know has little ones, a loved one in a nursing or residential care facility, or a disabled friend or relative who has trouble learning or remembering how to dress for the weather, teaching temperature concepts could be vital for them. You may just save a life by teaching them how to dress for the temperature!

Goes anywhere - The Padgett house has an Apparel Indicating Weather Thermometer in our front yard so that when Lucas gets ready to go out to the school bus, he can see if he needs a jacket.

We also have one in our back yard, easily visible from the deck. This way we know Lucas will see it if he wants to go out and play with his dog after school.

There's even an Apparel Indicating Weather Thermometer at Lucas' school, where it's used in teaching temperature ideas to a class full of severely disabled students. Having the thermometer there helps Lucas and the other kids remember to put a coat on (or not) at lunch time or when leaving for the buses. No one argues with the teachers in Lucas' class; they just look at the needle on the thermometer, and dress for the weather.

(Now if we could just invent something that prevents wearing stripes with plaid...)

Teaching temperature with Standard Dial Apparel Indicating Thermometer

Standard dial face Thermometer.


Temperature ranges


Coat Weather: - 40° to 40°

Jacket Weather: 40° to 60°

Shirt & Pants Weather: 60° to 75°

Shorts Weather: 75° and up


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