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Clouds in the sky

The clouds in the sky are way up high. One, two, three – how many can you see?

You will need

  • A4 paper
  • Cotton wool balls
  • PVA glue
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Pictures of different clouds (optional)
  • Blankets (optional)

Before you begin

  • Set out enough paper, coloured pens or pencils, glue, and cotton wool for everyone to use.

Story time

  1. Everyone should sit in a circle.
  2. This activity involves reading the story A Cloudy Day by Annabel Rose. Make sure you save a copy of the story before the session.
  3. After reading the story, everyone should take some time to reflect on it as a group. We’ve included some questions to help you reflect in the pink box below.

Different types of clouds

  1. Ask everyone to sit in a circle and chat about clouds. What do people already know about them?

Play the cloud game

  1. The person leading the game should show everyone some actions they could use to represent the different types of clouds in the sky.
  1. Everyone should play a short game to help them think about the different types of clouds.

Make your own cloud

  1. The person leading the activity should give everyone a piece of paper, some cotton wool, and some glue.
  2. Everyone should use the glue to stick some cotton wool to their picture. It’s up to them whether they want to make a dense sheet of cloud or lots of little wispy clouds.
  3. Everyone should use coloured pens or pencils to add any details to their cloud picture. Do they want to add any details like Sun, rain, or storms? Is the weather in their picture affecting what people are doing on the ground?

Cloud spotting

  1. Now it’s time for everyone to put their new knowledge to the test. Everyone should take their cloud pictures outside and sit or lie on the ground.
  1. Everyone should look at the clouds above them. What can they see?


This activity encouraged everyone to learn something new, be creative and have fun whilst playing a game. During the activity everyone had the opportunity to learn about the different types of cloud, see what they look like, make their own cloud and take some time outside to look at the clouds in the sky.

A Cloudy Day

  • Who has seen a rainbow before? Do you remember where?
  • Have you ever been caught in the rain before?

Different types of clouds

  • What different types of clouds do people remember? How do they move differently?
  • Did anyone make their picture look like a specific cloud? Why did they choose that one?

Cloud spotting

  • Did everyone enjoy looking at the clouds? How did people feel when they were looking at them?
  • Did anyone point out clouds to someone else? Whose friends helped them to spot new types of clouds? How did people feel when they were helping each other and working together as a team?


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Glue and solvents

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.

Active games

The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.