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During our weather unit, we spent quite a bit of time studying clouds. I had no idea how truly fascinating they were until we began learning more about them!
Then we did this cool cloud classification craft project that combined art with a lesson about the clouds.
Note: You’ll find more weather-related activities on my Weather Unit Study page.
From our previous work learning about cloud classification, we knew that clouds were classified primarily by their shape and their altitude in the sky.
We used the book Clouds by Anne Rockwell to guide our understanding of clouds.
We started with a piece of blue construction paper, which I helped the kids divide into several sections. The kids added labels that said “high,” “middle,” and “low.”
I provided three different types of materials for them to create different types of clouds on their papers:
- Regular paint
- Puffy paint (using the recipe I share in this post)
- Cotton balls
The kids chose the material they wanted to use based on the type of cloud they were creating on their papers. My son, for example, chose puffy paint to make fluffy cumulous clouds, while my daughter chose cotton balls to do the same.
My daughter created three different kinds of clouds for her craft: Cumulous clouds at low altitude, altostratus clouds at middle altitude, and cirrus clouds at high altitude.
My son also created three clouds, but he selected cumulous clouds, cirrostratus clouds, and cumulonimbus clouds.
And this cloud classification craft was another fun and hands-on way to learn about these ubiquitous objects in our sky.
More weather resources
More weather posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Books about the weather
- Weather 3-part cards
- DIY weather station
- Water cycle demonstration
- Two ways to make a cloud in a jar
- Cloud classification activities
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- DIY weather vane
- Wind resistance experiment
- Make a tornado in a bottle
- How do hurricanes form?
- Make a hurricane
- Printable weather Bingo game
- Printable weather I Spy game