There are few things as relaxing as cloud gazing, but when you combine it with the salty ocean air and the warm sunshine, it takes the experience to a whole new level. Whether you’re warming up on a beach towel or lounging on a balcony chair watching the clouds go by, it’s a great time to slip in some science homeschooling without anyone being the wiser.
We start cloud gazing by picking out the different types of clouds that we see in the sky. Are they puffy like cumulus clouds or high and wispy like cirrus clouds?
We then talk about what the presence of those clouds might mean for the day’s weather. Are the clouds darkening in the distance? Are there only a few clouds in sight? It’s like being a detective trying to figure out what those clouds are warning us of – if anything!
Of course, cloud gazing wouldn’t be complete without looking for animals and shapes in the sky. Hey, was that an elephant riding a dolphin I saw in those clouds?!?
This is a great cloud resource if you want to brush up on your cloud knowledge: http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-clouds.htm