Make a cloud mobile with your kids, and they'll be able to identify the different types of clouds by just looking up. This easy science activity for kids turns meteorology into art and brings outdoor learning inside.
What You'll Need:
- Poster board
- Cotton balls
- Dowel rod
- Paint and paintbrush (optional)
Step 1: Check online or in a library book to learn more about clouds. You'll want to find pictures of different kinds of clouds and their shapes, as well as information about how high they are in the sky.
Step 2: Cut the shape of each kind of cloud out of poster board.
Step 3: Glue cotton balls to both sides of each shape to make it look more like the cloud it represents. Make each cloud look like the real thing as much as you can. For a cumulus cloud, bunch up lots of cotton balls to make it fluffy. For a cirrus cloud, stretch out the cotton balls to make them thin and wispy.
Step 4: You can use a little gray paint (just mix a little black into white) to make some of the clouds gray.
Step 5: When all your clouds are assembled and the glue is dry, make a small hole in the top of each shape.
Step 6: Tie a piece of string through each hole. Nimbostratus clouds should have the longest string, since they're closest to Earth. Cirrus clouds should have the shortest string, since they're the highest clouds.
Step 7: Now tie each piece of string to a dowel rod.
Step 8: Finally, tie a piece of string around the middle of the dowel, and use it to hang your mobile.
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