- Read "Little Cloud" by Eric Carle
- Make all of the shapes from Little Cloud out of paper.
- Glue them onto popsicle sticks.
- Hand them out to the kids or spread them out on the table.
- Have the kids hold up the right shape as you read!
- Read “It Looked Like Spilt Milk” by Charles G. Shaw
- After you read, fold a piece of dark blue paper in half.
- Give the kids a small amount of white paint and let them drizzle it on their paper.
- Fold the blue paper in half again and lightly press down.
- Carefully open the paper to reveal their own cloud shape!
- Let dry, then have the kids narrate a short description of their own cloud … “It looked like _____” Write it at the bottom of the page.
- Go outside & watch the clouds. Have a picnic too!
- Get a book at the library about the different kinds of clouds.
- Shaving Cream Clouds
- Give your preschooler a blue plastic plate and some shaving cream (or just do this right on the table. Wipe up afterwards and you have a clean table!)
- Let them use their hands and fingers to make cloud shapes.
- Stop there – or – take a piece of blue paper and gently press it down on your shaving cream clouds.
- Carefully remove and let your cloud picture dry.
- Cotton Cloud Shapes
- On blue construction paper, make an outline of a simple shape (a truck, cat, flower, etc).
- Let the kids brush glue all over the shape, then place cotton balls on the glue to cover the shape. Now you have a truck cloud!
- Little Cloud Rhyme & Puppet
- Make a simple cloud puppet by poking a large marshmallow onto a wooden skewer!
- Sing the following rhyme to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”
- Use your cloud puppets to do simple actions.
I’m a little cloud up in the sky
You can see me way up high.
Sometimes I’m puffy and sometimes stretched out
I just love to float about.
- Blue Skies & White Clouds
- On a white piece of paper, use a white crayon to draw cloud shapes all over the paper.
- Give the kids a “blank” cloud paper and a cup of watered-down blue paint.
- Have them paint a blue sky over the whole paper, revealing all of the white clouds!
Snack Idea: banana slices topped with whipped cream clouds!