Isn’t it great to lie on your back in the grass and watch the clouds?! You can create a Montessori-inspired cloud unit and include cloud watching as one of the activities.
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Spring, especially April, is a nice time to do a cloud unit if you want to focus on clouds, the water cycle, and rainy weather. Summer is another great time for a cloud unit – especially if you have a dry, grassy spot for cloud watching.
A study of clouds works well as a multi-age unit study for a homeschool. Just choose the activities that are appropriate for your child’s age and ability. Of course, cloud watching is wonderful at any age!
(Note: This post is focused specifically on clouds. I have many more weather activities in my Montessori-inspired weather unit roundup post.)
Montessori-Inspired Cloud Printables
Every Star Is Different has free cloud formation cards. (You’ll find a number of cloud activities at Every Star Is Different by going through the Free Printables tab at the top of the blog. Go to Thematic Activities and Free Printables to Weather Activities. This particular printable is in The Earth: Creation.)
Not specifically Montessori but very helpful is the UK Met Office’s free cloud spotting guide.
Montessori Print Shop has a printable clouds book and 3-part cards (12 types of clouds) available inexpensively online.
Montessori for Everyone also has 3-part cloud cards (12 types of clouds) available for purchase online.
Montessori Research and Development has materials on both clouds and atmospheric structure available for purchase for the elementary level.
“The God Who Has No Hands” Great Lesson for elementary-age kids could work well during a cloud unit. A number of sites have resources, including Montessori Commons, Montessori Teachers Collective, Montessori Nuggets, and Discovery Moments.
Montessori-Inspired Cloud Activities
I have a post with free water cycle printables and Montessori-inspired water cycle activities.
I also have a roundup post with a Montessori-inspired weather unit.
The Guilletots Playful Learning has activities for naming clouds and demonstrating a raincloud.
Montessori Beginnings has a cloud unit.
Two Little Seeds has a Montessori-inspired rain unit.
Gift of Curiosity has an activity making a cloud in a jar.
The Pinay Homeschooler has free cloud nomenclature cards and a variety of activities about types of clouds.
Counting Coconuts has a number of cloud activities in a weather unit (including photo of Counting Raindrops Activity).
Montessori Mom has some cloud activities and links.
Carrots Are Orange has an activity making “clouds” from cotton balls.
Elaine from Planting Peas has a lesson with cloud activities (“Creation Sky and Water Hands-On Learning Activities”) at Christian Montessori Network.
Montessori Muddle has information on atmospheric circulation.
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Kayla Arrowood says
Love this post — We are getting to learn this in the next few weeks!
Thanks, Kayla! I’ll look forward to reading about your work! 🙂
Mommy to the Princesses says
Thanks for stopping by my blog and thanks for posting this, we are going to attempt this unit in a few weeks!
Thanks so much for your comment! I’ll look forward to reading about your unit, too! 🙂
About a Girl says
Hi Deb. Thanks for linking to my cloud post. Wish I’d had all these links before we did our cloud unit! LOL Great post. Your blog is such a wealth of information. Thanks for all of the work you do!
Thanks so much for your kind comment! And thanks for sharing your cloud activities – I especially love the idea of making a cloud book! 🙂
Nice idea, thanks x
Thanks for your comment, Daisy! I hope you’re having a great week! 🙂
Michelle Breum says
My family loves to look at clouds. Our trampoline is our favorite spot. Thanks for the resources to learn more about clouds.
Thanks, Michelle! What a great place to watch clouds from! 🙂
Hello there mamma- what a fantastic learning activity. You have so many great ideas! Thank you for sharing this with us on The Sunday Showcase 😉
Thanks so much, Aimee! I appreciate your hosting the Sunday Showcase! 🙂
Wow! Lot of Cloud activities! We are reading “It Looked Like Spilt Milk” book, May be I will take some of the activities from here to go along with the book:-)
Thanks, Esther! That’s a great book … have fun! 🙂
Lauren Jones says
We went on a hike today and my son kept asking “what our those called” “what kind of clouds are over there????” Perfect timing for us! Thanks for sharing all the ideas and links!
Thanks for your comment, Lauren! That’s awesome … have fun! 🙂
Carolyn Wilhelm says
Thank you so much! These activities are perfect for us right now. You are appreciated!
Great learning activity for the young age. Best way to learn the different types of clouds. I remember myself struggling to identify them back in the days. Thanks for sharing