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A Little Messy
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Lay a blanket on the grass somewhere – your yard, a park or even on the floor near a window. Look up into the sky and describe what you see above.
Question and Wonder:
- Have you ever wondered about a world in the clouds?
- Have you ever just gazed at the sky and watched the clouds roll by?
- What are clouds? How do they move?
Imagine and Design:
- Observe the clouds. What color are they? Do they all look the same?
- Imagine a world in the clouds. Who lives there? What kind of lives do they lead?
- Find shapes in the clouds. How many shapes or objects can you make out of the clouds above?
- Make up a story about one of the clouds you observe.
Test and Discuss:
- Did the shapes you found stay the same or did they change? Why?
- Did you know a fluffy cloud can weigh as much as 100 elephants?! How do they stay up there?
- Share the story you made up with someone.
Did you Know?
Clouds are made of water vapor and come in different types:
- Stratus – flat and featureless, appearing as layered sheets.
- Cumulus – puffy, like cotton floating in the sky.
- Cirrus – thin and wispy, appearing high in the sky.
Most clouds form in the lowest part of the atmosphere. When clouds get very dense, less light can get through them, so they look darker. If they get very heavy, they start shedding water as rain, snow or sleet.
Remember, your child’s brain is a sponge, soaking up words, experiences, sensations. Even if they cannot speak yet, talk to them, with them, ask questions. They are hearing and absorbing, and you are giving them language for their thoughts.Print Instructions