On a beautiful fall day, my daughter was curious about clouds. We had been on a flight about a month earlier and flown through clouds, which was fascinating to her. Now, from the ground looking up, we noticed shapes of animals and all kinds of objects.
We found a beautiful book on clouds, and we were inspired to learn more about the types of clouds we often see.
Using cotton balls and blue folders (so we could prop them up on the window sill), we made a chart to easily remember:
We found this fun, simple experiment to learn how clouds hold water, and then release to rain. For our rain, we used water dyed with green food coloring ("So we could see it," my daughter explained). Our "cloud" was shaving cream floating on top of a vase of water. Using a plastic beaker, she slowly added the green water until the "cloud" was so full, it rained!
We also discovered a simple cloud finder kit from Green Craft Kids. My son made this on his own, and now keeps it by the kitchen window to identify cloud types. You could also make your own with google images, a picture frame mat, and a popsicle stick.
A few weeks later, at the Discovery Museum in Acton, we touched "clouds" and enjoyed their cloud observatory.
And now that we are on the lookout, we are spotting clouds almost everyday - even made out of legos at Art of the Brick in Faneuil Hall (an exhibit we loved!).