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Type of Cloud Activities for Kids with FREE Printable Worksheets

If you are ready to learn about the types of clouds, we have lots of fun cloud activities and cloud worksheets to add to your weather unit! Simply print the free cloud printables and you are ready to learn about, review, and make a cloud craft by making clouds with cotton balls. Get ready to play and learn wih these cloud activities for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade, and grade 4 students.

If you are ready to learn about the types of clouds, we have lots of fun cloud activities and cloud worksheets to add to your weather unit! Simply print the free cloud printables and you are ready to learn about, review, and make a cloud craft by making clouds with cotton balls. Get ready to play and learn wih these cloud activities for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade, and grade 4 students.

Cloud Activities

Learning about cloud types is lots of fun with these cloud activity ideas perfect for elementary age students – from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and up! We have cloud printable sheets to go along with our cute cotton ball clouds diy plus lots of fun resources to learn about the weather for kids. Our free cloud worksheets include cut and paste activities, match the cloud type, cloud flashcards, and more to learn about Altocumulus, Altostratus, Cirrocumulus, Cirrus, Cumulonimbus, Cumulus, Stratocumulus, and Stratus clouds in the sky.

Cloud Printables

Start by scrolling to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> ___________<<. The free cloud worksheet pages pdf file will open in a new window for you to save freebie. Now print off  the pages that you’d like.

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Types of Clouds

We see clouds nearly everyday. Clouds can be light and whispy, big and puffy where they block out the sun, or dark and ominous – telling us a storm is coming.The different kinds of clouds mean different kinds of weather. A meteorologists is a scientist that studies loud formations to understand the weather better.  Clouds make look like cotton balls, but they are actually made up of tiny droplets or frozen water. If you recall learning about the water cycle for kids, most clouds form as warm air rises in the atmosphere and cools down and turns into tiny droplets of water or ice. As more and more air cools down, more droplets form and they eventually become a cloud.

Clouds form in various distances from the ground, called elevation. We generally group clouds as high, middle, or low level clouds.

  • High level clouds form way up high, about 20,000 feet from the ground. Because it is colder up high, these clouds are mostly formed from ice crystals. These high level clouds typically have a “cirro” or “cirrus” in their name. Some examples of high level clouds are: cirrus, cirrocumulus, and cirrostratus.
  • Middle level clouds form between 6,500 and 20,000 feet from the ground. These clouds are made up of water droplets or ice crystals. They typically have the word “alto” in their name. Some common mid-level clouds are altostratus, altocumulus, and nimbostratus.
  • Low level clouds form below 6,500 feet. Low clouds are mostly made up of water droplets. These closer-to-the-ground clouds usually have the word “stratus” in their name. Some typical low level clouds are stratus and stratocumulus.
  • There are some clouds that span multiple levels; instead of being horizontal, they are vertical clouds. Vertical clouds typically have the word “cumulus” in their name. Some examples of vertical clouds are cumulus and cumulonimbus.

types of clouds printable

Learning about clouds

Learn about the most common types of clouds with our types of clouds printable:

  • Altocumulus – Altostratus clouds are gray or blue-gray mid level clouds composed of ice crystals and water droplets. The clouds usually cover the entire sky; the sun may be dimly visible as a round disk. Altostratus clouds often form ahead of storms with continuous rain or snow.
  • Altostratus  – Altostratus is a cloud characterized by a generally uniform gray sheet or layer. These clouds are lighter in color than nimbostratus and darker than cirrostratus. These are typically associated with wide areas of rain and snow.
  • Cirrocumulus – Cirrocumulus clouds appear as small, rounded white puffs that appear in long rows and sometime resemble the scales of a fish. They are usually seen in the winter and indicate fair, but cold weather. In tropical regions, they may indicate an approaching hurricane.
  • Cirrus – Cirrus clouds are the most common of the high clouds. They are composed of ice and are thin, wispy clouds blown in high winds into long streamers. Cirrus clouds are usually white and predict fair to pleasant weather.
  • Cumulonimbus – Cumulonimbus clouds are thunderstorm clouds.. Cumulonimbus clouds are associated with heavy rain, snow, hail, lightning and even tornadoes. The anvil usually points in the direction the storm is moving.
  • Cumulus – Cumulus clouds are white, puffy clouds that look like pieces of floating cotton. They are often called “fair-weather clouds”. The base is flat and the top has rounded towers. These clouds grow upward and they can develop into giant cumulonimbus clouds, which are thunderstorm clouds.
  • Stratocumulus – Stratocumulus clouds are low, puffy and gray. Most form in rows with blue sky visible in between them. Rain rarely occurs with stratocumulus clouds.
  • Stratus – Stratus clouds are uniform grayish clouds that often cover the entire sky. They resemble fog that doesn’t reach the ground. Light mist or drizzle sometimes falls out of these clouds.

Cloud activities for preschoolers

Types of clouds printable

In the free cloud printable set below we’ve included flashcards of different types of clouds. There is a blue border set that shows a colorful picture of what that cloud looks like with a description. The other, yellow border set, shows a clipart image of the clouds with a description. Choose the set that works best for your setting.

cotton ball cloud activity

Cloud Crafts

To make a simple cloud craft project you will need a few common materials you probabaly already have on hand:

  • green and blue construction paper
  • cotton balls
  • grey paint (or mix black and white)
  • paint brush
  • scissors
  • glue
  • pen or cloud printables (optional)

cloud craft for kids

Cotton ball clouds diy

Start by holding your green piece of contruction paper horizontally and cut slits in the top to make grass. Cut a narrow strip with the slits at the top. Glue on the bottom of the blue construction paper placed horizontally.

cloud project

Making clouds with cotton balls

Pull apart cotton balls to recreate the different look and height of various cloud formations on your page.

making clouds with cotton balls

Cotton ball cloud activity

Once you’ve added the clouds you wish, use grey paint to add details to your storm clouds such as cumulonimbus, statocumulus, and nimbostratus. Then using a pen or the cloud names printable in the set below to label the clouds on your cloud craft.

cloud worksheets

Types of clouds worksheet

Children can review what they’ve learned in the flashcards and cloud craft by completing the types of clouds worksheet where they match the cloud to the cloud name.

Cloud activities for kindergartners

Cloud activities for preschoolers

Included in the free printable cloud lesson below are the following elements:

  • Real Image Cloud Type Flaschards with information
  • Types of Clouds Flashcards with clipart and facts to learn
  • Cut and paste cloud worksheet for students to paste the cloud in the correct altitude
  • Match the cloud with the cloud name
  • Cloud names to print, cut, and paste on cloud craft

cloud activities

Cloud activities for kindergarten

Teach kids about the different types of clouds, there names, and the important distinctions with these cloud printables, worksheets, and craft projects.

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Weather Activities

If you are ready to learn about the types of clouds, we have lots of fun cloud activities and cloud worksheets to add to your weather unit! Simply print the free cloud printables and you are ready to learn about, review, and make a cloud craft by making clouds with cotton balls. Get ready to play and learn wih these cloud activities for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade, and grade 4 students. Are you studying about weather for kids? This simple, but memorable weather science experiments will help kids understand that clouds behave like water since a cloud is made mostly of water. This easy weather science experiments is perfect for pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th graders too. All you need are a few simple materials for this cloud experiment. Simple and FUN water cycle in a bag project helps kids visualize this weather phenomena with a hands-on weather activity! This Water Cycle Book is a great way to work on reading and fine motor skills while learning about the water cycle for kids. Use this free water cycle printables as part of a water cycle study, study of life cycles in science, summer learning, or extra practice. This set includes a water cycle explanantion for kids from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too. Simply print water cycle for kindergarten pdf file and get ready to play and learn as part of a fun science or weather study.

Weather Science

Learn all about weather with this fun week-long Weather theme! Your kids will enjoy learning about weather for kids with these weather activities. These weather activities for kids are fun for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. We've included weather printables, hands-on weather experiments for kids, cute weather crafts, and so much more! growing a rainbow capillary action experiment bubble-wrap-rain-craft-for-spring two simple water cycle activities to help you teach about water cycle for kids. These science projects help you teach your littles all about the water cycle on the earth. Start with the water cycle experiment which provides a great way to see how water turns to gas and back into a liquid again. Then try our water cycle craft to help kids to reinforce the water life cycle. These are both fun ways to learn about the water cycle for kindergarten, pre-k, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade science. 

Weather Theme

Make teaching kids about weather fun and EASY with this free weather unit. These Weather Worksheets help kids explore a variety of weather topics as well as some weather themed worksheet for early math and literacy too. Use these free weather printables as preschool, 1st grade, 2nd, grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and kindergarten weather worksheets. Simply print pdf file with weather worksheets for kids and you are ready to learn! Help kids understand the four seasons and how they relate to the months of the year with this super clever, free 4 seasons printables. This seasons printable is a fun, hands on way for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade studets to learn what months are in fall, winter, spring, and summer. This seasons for kids activities make learning FUN! Simply print seasons worksheets for kindergarten pdf file with the seasons worksheet to color, cut and affix to learn the seasons of the year. Kids will enjoy learning more about the water cycle with these Water Cycle Worksheets. These water cycle printable pages include a water cycle diagram worksheet, pages to label, coloring pages, and more! Use these free science worksheets with kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students.  Simply print water cycle worksheet pdf and you are ready to play and learn about the water cycle for kids. If you are teaching children about weather and clouds for kids, you will love this free printable cloud book for students to learn about the different types of clouds for kids. Simply print the kids clouds and you are ready to read, color and learn about different kinds of clouds. This what are the types of clouds reader is perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too.

Weather Printables

Learn about types of clouds with fun, hands-on activities, free printable worksheets, and crafts perfect for your weather unit!

Cloud Worksheets

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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