I am finally getting around to sharing our science weather unit we started last spring – yikes. These activities are intended for toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and 1st & 2nd grade to be able to do together in homeschool.
Clouds Weather Unit
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We did some fun, preschool type worksheets. One of our favorites is the Roll & Add. They loved putting their colorful magnets on top of the numbers on rainbow the dice rolled add up to.
We talked about why rain happens. That water evaporated and went up as water particles. The water condenses into clouds. When clouds get heavy enough they rain. We tried this simple illustration I saw on Reading Confetti. We put water in a jar and topped it with shaving cream. Then to illustrate how clouds hold moisture the kids put about 20 drops of food coloring in the “cloud” It took about 7 minutes for Goofy’s cloud to become heavy enough that it began to rain – you can see the colored rain. Minnie’s went faster, but I think that made Goofy all the more interested to watch & wait for his.
We observed clouds for a couple weeks and made a graph. The no cloud days definitely “won”.
We also made cloud art using the classic – cotton ball cloud! It may be old, but it is still just as fun for kids today =)
I don’t know about you, but it is pretty much a given that if we are going to study clouds we won’t have any! (You saw are chart above, right?!) Because I know that is how things go, I started taking pictures of clouds before hand. I put the Cloud Creations in sheet protectors and then let the kids draw to make the clouds come alive. This was the indoor way to lay on the grass, look up at the clouds, and see things in them – the way I had planned it! But it worked pretty well. The kids had SO much fun!
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