Cloud watching is on our “Old School” Summer Bucket List–you can’t beat a totally free bonding activity that allows you to slow down and spend time with your kids. There is no prep required for this old school activity. All you need to do is wait for a day with some clouds in the sky and go outside with your kids. Find shapes and pictures “hidden” in the clouds and point them outo to each other. You can even make up stories about what you see. Then keep the cloud watching fun going with this simple cloud painting activity.
You can add in pretend or real binoculars to make it even more fun!
It has been quite rainy lately so there were many clouds in the sky for us to observe. We spent the afternoon sitting on our back porch watching the clouds and enjoying the rain.
They told stories about the things they saw in the clouds and sketched the clouds on their paper.
Then we mixed up some cloud paint and painted the clouds we saw in the sky.
How to Make Cloud Paint
- To make cloud paint mix together a bowl full of shaving cream with about 2 tablespoons of white paint and 2 tablespoon of school glue.
- While it’s still fluffy give it to the kids to paint with using a paint brush.
The kids love to use the cloud paint because it stays fluffy and has a 3-D effect.
Cloud watching is always a great time–and adding an art project made the experience even better. It’s so interesting to hear what the kids come up with–next time I want to remember to video their stories.
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Disclosure: Gummy Lump Toys sent me toys to play with, but in no other way sponsored this post. All ideas and opinions are mine alone. 🙂
Jackie Higgins says
Great activity! I think we may have to try it next week, sounds like a good way to relax after a busy holiday weekend. The book, “It looked like Spilt Milk” would go great with this activity too!
Megan Sheakoski says
Jackie that’s so funny that you mentioned that book! We did a guest post for Jackie Small about making cloud window clings to go with It Looked Like Split Milk!
Hi! Dropping by from MaryAnne’s blog. Love this idea of cloud painting. This seems like a good, calm activity for my three year old.
Megan Sheakoski says
It was definitely relaxing! We had a fun afternoon–thanks for stopping by!!!