Children love to lie on the grass, gazing up at the blue sky, dreaming about the shapes of the clouds, imagining them as animals, people or mountains. Eventually, they ask, what keeps the clouds up in the sky? What are their names? How high do they go? The Cloud Viewer, together with the cloud activity, helps answer some of these questions for the Child.
‘The curly white cloud loves the sky;
It stays up there—so high, so high,
Until the earth sends up a call,
“I’m thirsty, cloud, O, fall, please fall!” ‘
by Annette Wynne
The Cloud Viewer:
- a square, ply-wood paddle, with a cut-out in the centre and a handle
- 10 images of different cloud formations surround the cut-out
- each image is labelled
- the Child holds the cut-out portion of the paddle, over the cloud, to view it
- children match the real cloud to one of the images
- once the Child identifies the type of cloud, they can refer to the cloud activity material to learn more about it.
Children must use this viewer under supervision. Teach them the danger to their eyes, if they look directly at the sun.
Size of the Cloud Viewer:
- paddle – 22 x 21 x cm / (8.5″ x 8″)
- handle – 8.5 x 4 cm / (3¼” x 1.5″)