Before I brought Alicia to watch Act 3’s performance of Eric Carle’s stories – Little Cloud, The Mixed-up Chameleon and The very hungry caterpillar, I decided to go through the books and some extension activities with her. It was after all, her first time attending a theatre performance. I thought it would be good to prep her a bit and arouse her interest so that she would enjoy the performance thoroughly.
As I’ve not been particularly creative of late and have been searching for simple, fuss-free activities to do with her, we really didn’t do very much for this book but after the activities, she showed much keener interest in reading (and re-reading) Little Cloud over and over again… so much so that she could even remember some lines! 🙂
If you don’t have much time on your hands and wanna do some activities with your child, you can try these Little Cloud activities! 🙂
(i) cloud observation
This is the simplest activity of all! Just pick a beautiful day where you have fluffy white clouds in the brilliant blue sky and have a conversation with your preschooler about what she sees!
Pick another day when it’s about to rain and discuss how the clouds and the sky look different.
(ii) cotton ball clouds
- a piece of blue construction paper,
- fluffy white cotton balls and
Have the child dab glue all over the construction paper:
… and stick the cotton balls on!!! 🙂
Demonstrate how to pull apart the cotton ball slightly to stretch it and make the cloud look fluffy and have your child follow suit.
and it’s done! 🙂
(iii) Painting clouds with bubble wrap
- drawing paper
- blue and white paint
- paint brush
- (big) bubble wrap (you can use small ones too but I think the big bubbles look better as clouds)
- sponge (to create some ‘texture’ in the blue sky – optional)
Get your child to paint a piece of drawing paper blue:
Dab the wet paint with a dry sponge (optional step):
Paint the bubble wrap white and press onto the blue ‘sky’:
You can see she had much fun painting with the bubble wrap from the big white patch of white!
If your child’s painting of the cloud(s) has a semblance of any shape or animal, you can get her to write a sentence about it (for older kids).
Other activities that you may wanna try (which I didn’t have time for):
- shaving cream clouds
- cloud matching activity: cut out some shapes of ‘clouds’ (make a matching set), mix up the clouds and get your child to pair up the clouds that look the same 🙂
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