By contributing writer Colleen.
Do your little ones know what a cloud is? Clouds are fascinating and there are many crafts and activities available online, but many of them are just that – crafts and activities. It’s important for kids to know that clouds are made up of tiny water droplets or ice crystals.
Cloud Science Information
- All air contains water.
- Near the ground, it’s usually in the form of an invisible gas called water vapor.
- Warm air rises, cools, and expands.
- Cool air doesn’t hold as much water vapor as warm air, so the vapor condenses around dust particles.
- These droplets come together by the billions and form a visible cloud.
These are great facts to start a cloud study with. Grab some cloud books at the library, and talk about the different types and kinds of weather patterns associated with them.
A Quick Cloud Science Activity
Facts are all well and good, but kids learn and retain best when they are actively involved in their learning. And that’s why I love hands-on activities. Especially when they demonstrate a topic simply and effectively.
Here is a simple water vapor activity:
- Grab a spoon.
- Have your kids look at it and hold it in their hands.
- Tell them to breathe on the spoon and take a look at what happens.
- Explain that the “fog” that forms is a little cloud. Water vapor that collected together on the surface of the spoon. That’s exactly what clouds do around dust.
A Simple Cloud Craft
Crafts have a place, too. Since the science activity is so simple and quick, do this cloud craft right afterward to give your kids a souvenir to remember the lesson. They’ll love it, and it will help cement their learning.
Cotton Ball Cloud Craft
- Take 2 cotton balls and spread them out to resemble a fluffy cumulous cloud.
- Glue the cloud onto cardstock.
- Glue two googly eyes onto the cloud and let it dry.
- Cut the cloud out so that it has a stiff cardstock back.
Have your child tell a friend about how their pet cloud was formed when water droplets collected around a tiny dust particle. And let them enjoy their new science friend. Take their cloud friend on a cloud hunt and try to find new friends and pictures in the fluffy clouds overhead. Get them outside and enjoying nature for themselves this spring.