What a day-dreamy day, to theme your stay-at-home activities all around clouds! Guest contributor Camilla Packer chimes in with her ideas and how-tos with this brand new Studio 5 At-Home Activity Plan.
Camilla writes, “When I think of childhood, one of the things that comes to mind is watching clouds, seeing them change shape as they move across the sky. A child has all the time in the world to sit back and watch clouds, to dream and to imagine what the shapes could be. Now, adults and children alike find ourselves with all the time in the world for those wonderful childhood pastimes like cloud-watching!”
At-Home Activity Plan: Clouds
Homemade Puffy-Paint Clouds
Supplies: cardstock, watercolors, and (pantry-friendly) homemade puff paint
Homemade Puff Paint
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- about 1/4 cup water
Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add water until it reaches about the consistency of thick pancake batter. Use a paintbrush, q-tip, or even your finger to form cloud shapes on your paper (put it on there pretty thick). Pop it into the microwave for about 20 seconds or so, until the clouds are dry and puffy. Let cool for a minute or two, then add blue watercolor to the background to create the sky.
Blue Cloud Jello OR Fruit with Cloud Dip
It was once a staple at most Utah tables, but nowadays sometimes we forget about kid-loved jello. Make a large box of blue jello according to package directions, and let set until firm in a 9×13 pan. Use thawed whipped topping (like Cool Whip) to create clouds on your jello.
Or place a dollop of whipped topping in the center of a plate and add fruit and crackers for dipping. With each dip the “cloud” whipped topping changes shape!
“Little Cloud” Storytime”
With libraries closed and Storytimes cancelled, thankfully we still have YouTube options to help us find new books to love. We liked this reading of the book “Little Cloud” by Eric Carle.
Out & About
Sit outside and look for shapes in the clouds. How many animals can you find? How many desserts do you see? Which cloud would you like to live on if you could make a cloud your home?
Older kids: Use this chart to identify different clouds, or do the simple cloud-making experiment (on the second page of the pdf file) with ice, warm water, and a mason jar.