Clouds, clouds, clouds… What do you see in the clouds?
Behind every cloud is another cloud. ~Judy Garland
I love gazing at the clouds on a sunny day when the backdrop is definitely sky blue. I like flat clouds, big clouds, fluffy clouds, and all kinds of clouds. They have technical names such as stratus, cirrus, cumulonimbus, etc. Today, while driving, my son said, “ As I watch the clouds go by, I love watching the shapes change. Look, there is a dragon. Oh, now look, he is opening his mouth…”
But seriously, have you ever looked at the clouds and found pictures or objects? (Who hasn’t, right?) Have you ever seen a whale, a dinosaur, or an iPhone? Lately, have you taken the time to look for pictures in the clouds or show a child how to do this? It’s fun! What objects do you see?
Cloud gazing is a wonderful spring board to reading & writing. Here’s what to do:
Read Eric Carle’s Little Cloud and The Cloud Book By Tomie dePaula Click here for a list of other cloud books including one for older children.
Discuss the story. Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How?
Go outside. Lie down or sit leaning back looking up at the sky on a day that has clouds. What do you see?
Just for fun, jump on a trampoline and pretend you are on “cloud 9”.
Come inside and draw or paint what you saw. (Check out Pinterest for great art and food activities to accompany these books.) Talk about your creations.
Lastly, write about what you saw in the clouds. (The lesson above can be done with any age. I still write about pictures I see in the clouds. 🙂 )
Be sure to share your writing and artwork with someone.
It is that easy. Who knows, maybe you will see an iPhone. 🙂