July’s bright blue skies and puffy clouds make this the perfect month to spread out an old blanket, lie on your backs, and do some sky-gazing with your little ones! Cloud gazing in your backyard is a fun and easy outdoor activities that can bring you and your grandchildren closer to nature – and to each other!
Talk about the different types of clouds, for example:
Chat with your little one about what shapes you can see in the clouds – does it look like a snake, a dragon, cement mixer? What else do you see? Are the clouds moving in the sky?
A wonderful book to complement this imaginative activity is It Looked Like Split Milk, by Charles G. Shaw. This classic picture book features white shapes silhouetted against a blue background on every page.
After your session of cloud gazing, head into the kitchen for a fun and easy weather experiment.
You and your young scientist can now observe the cloud that forms as the warm air meets the cold, just like the clouds up in the sky!