Taking time out to stare at the sky gives children a break from a sometimes hectic schedule, challenging feelings or a rut of boredom. They can stop and learn to simply ‘be in a moment’, a useful skill for self-awareness, emotional regulation and wellbeing. Cloud spotting can also be a fresh source of creative inspiration for ideas, drawings and stories. Just sit back and watch their imagination grow.
Top tip!Cloud watching can be even more magical at twilight. Watch as the clouds absorb the colours of the sunset before fading into the night sky!
About the activity
Get you child/children to lie on their back, get comfortable and simply let their eyes explore the sky. Make sure they know not to look at the sun. What cloud shapes can they see? Get them to count the clouds and think of ways to describe them. Are they fluffy, feathery, round, straight, heavy? Do they resemble anything, such as animals or cartoon characters? Are they moving and changing shape? As an individual activity they could make colourful sketches of that they see. Or, if cloud watching in a group, the children could take it in turns to tell a story about the cloud ‘characters’.