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Clouds

Having fun with "clouds" and "wind" while using target words and math

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  • On blue paper (sky color) place two cotton balls as clouds
  •  Let the wind blow away ( a puff from you) and ask how many clouds are left
  •  Put down one “cloud” and ask a child to make two clouds in the sky (child should add one cotton ball)
  •  Ask the child to make a big cloud (using a number of cotton balls) and then make a bigger cloud
  • Next, make a cloud that is smaller than the other two clouds
  • Have child blow all the clouds away while sharing that we can’t see the wind (our breath) but we can hear the wind

Simplify

Go outside with a child and look at the sky and the clouds.  Look and see if you can discover shapes in the clouds that you can describe and that others can recognize also.

Extend

Share some information regarding clouds. A cloud is a large collection of very tiny droplets of water or ice crystals. The droplets are so small and light that they can float in the air but when billions of these droplets come together they become a visible cloud.  Clouds have their own names and places in the sky.

Look at this video for more information.

QUESTIONS FOR CHILD

When you look up at the clouds in the sky, can you tell me about a shape you can see?

Do you believe in a place called heaven? If not, why? If you do believe, what do you think it is like?

Materials

  • blue paper
  • a bunch of cotton balls

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Circle
  • Color - Blue
  • Number - Two, 2
  • Alphabet Letters - B, F
  • Senses - Hearing
  • Character Trait - Joyfulness
  • Target Words - Big, Bigger, Happy, Small

Monthly Proverb

Unknown  “Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day."

Did You Know?

“A 3-year-old toddler's brain is twice as active as an adult's brain.”- Sean Brotherson, NDSU

Books to Read

"Color Dance"
by Ann Jonas (Activity 8)

"The Grouchy Ladybug"
Eric Carle (Activity 12)

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"
by Bill Martin and John Archambault (Activity 4)

"Color Dance"
by Ann Jonas Read/Listen (Activity 8)

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"
by Bill Martin and John Archambault Read/Listen (Activity 4)

"The Grouchy Ladybug"
by Eric Carle Read/Listen (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"Jump Up It’s A Good Day"
by Brady Rymer Album Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could (Children) (Activity 10)

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes "
by Countdown Kids Album 100 Silly Songs (Children) (Activity 24)

"Joyfulness"
by Nabil David Huening Album Children’s Virtues Songs (Children) (Activity 13)

"If You’re Happy and You Know It "
by Dora the Explorer Album Party Favorites (Activity 26)

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"
by Super Simple Songs video (Activity 24)

"If You're Happy and You Know It"
by Super Simple Songs video (Activity 26)

"Joyfulness"
by Nabil David Huening video (Activity 13)

"Jump Up It's A Good Day
by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could video (Activity 10)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Touch Your Nose

(Activity 25 Month 2)

Touch your nose, touch your chin, That’s the way this game begins. 

Touch your eyes, Touch your knees; Now pretend you’re going to sneeze.  

Touch your hair, Touch one ear; Touch your two red lips right here.  

Touch your elbows where they bend, 

That’s the way this touch game ends.