Once Upon a Cloud

Outdoor

2.5-6 years

Cloud spotting! Clouds are a great source of creative inspiration for stories and drawings. This activity can help your child learn to ‘be in the moment’, a useful skill for self-awareness, emotional regulation, and well-being.

Materials

  • Blankets and pillows
  • Paper
  • Pen, pencil, or crayon

What do you see?

  1. Find a nice spot outdoors to arrange your blankets and pillows. This can be in the backyard or at the local park.
    1. Begin by laying with your child on the ground, gazing up and taking a few minutes to relax. This will help spark the imagination.
    2. Ask your child to count the clouds and think of ways to describe them. For example, are they fluffy, feathery, round, straight, or heavy? Do they resemble anything, such as animals or cartoon characters? Are they moving or changing shape?
      1. If you’d like, you can use your pen and paper to create a story using the shapes which you have spotted in the clouds.

      Improve the Activity

      Cloud watching can be even more magical at twilight. Watch as the clouds absorb the colours of the sunset before fading into the night sky.

      The Science of Clouds

      A cloud is a large collection of tiny droplets of water or ice crystals. The droplets are so small and light they can float in the air. Clouds form as warm air rises and cools. As the warm air cools the water vapor turns into tiny droplets of water or ice. As more air cools, more droplets form and eventually become a cloud.

      At Learning Jungle, we believe all children are capable, confident and full of potential. Co-learning empowers your child to take initiative. Encouraging child participation and engaging in open-ended, thought-provoking conversation throughout play is important for healthy child development.

      Conversations with your child

      • Are the clouds moving?
      • Do you think the clouds resemble anything?
      • Why do you think clouds are white?
      • Do you think the clouds look fluffy?
      • What do you think clouds feel like?

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