Monday, March 30, 2015

Poppins Book Nook- Weather

Welcome back to the first installment of the Poppins Book Nook for 2015-2016.

This month's theme is Weather!

My boys love to look at the clouds, and we found an adorable book called Not a Cloud in the Sky by Emma Quay.

This book had the most amazing illustrations, and it was a real joy to read. It was one of the books I suggested we read over and over, as I loved guessing all the cloud shapes and talking to my boys about what we see in the clouds.

On a walk around our neighbourhood, we saw...

a fish

a genie coming out of a lamp

and a wriggly worm!

We used our homemade puffy paint recipe to create a picture of our own puffy clouds, and talked about why clouds are sometimes white, sometimes gray,and sometimes pink, purple or yellow!

We also made our own cloud in a jar. We poured hot water into a glass jar, then after a couple of minute poured most of it out but left some sitting in the bottom. We then placed a metal strainer over top of the opening, and placed ice cubes in the strainer. The result was water vapour, then condensation, then a cloud that formed when the hot air hit the cold air.

We then talked about why it is sometimes cloudy, sometimes sunny, and why sometimes we see clouds racing across the sky when it is windy. Making our own weather wheels was a good way to check the weather and find out what the weather was doing each day.

I cut out two large circles using white cardstock, and divided these into four sections; sunny, windy, raining and snowing. The boys had great fun drawing a representation of each description.

I then used a cut out arrow and attached this to the centre of the weather wheel, so that it can point to the corresponding section.

The finished weather wheels have been used every day to discuss what to wear and what our plans are for the day. We cannot go for a walk if it is raining, and windy days are good for the washing.

We had a great time using experiments from this book to investigate the world around us. Click below to see how other members of Poppins Book Nook were inspired!

 Clip art by MelonHeadz.


  1. It took me a while to find the fish lol, but great fish :). I'm going to take note of the cloud in a jar experiment to try out with my daughter.

  2. This is neat! I had no idea you could make a cloud so easily!


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