Read on to see what we did to explore clouds and rain.
Cloud Sensory Bin
The older children (aged 3 and 4) were able to sort through and find the laminated clouds and raindrops and work on sorting them and identifying the letters. If we had more time or I was working just with them, we could have sorted the "clouds" (cotton balls and pom-poms) and the "raindrops" (glass beads).
The younger children (aged 1 and 2) enjoyed finding the glass beads and putting them into (and taking them out of) cups and bowls, which was a good fine motor exercise. They liked tossing the pom-poms and cotton balls around and digging through them.
Together we enjoyed counting and talking about the colors of the beads, cotton balls, and pom-poms.
Ivory Soap Cloud and Fluffy Bathtub Paint
Instead of tossing the crunched up soap at the end, I found a recipe from Housing a Forest to create fluffy bathtub paint from the remnants. Though bathtub paint has been a big hit in our house before, this particular recipe was not a huge success. I think I should have done a better job breaking up the soap first. Next time, I would use my food processor to make sure it was really fine before adding the water. Sorry - I didn't take any pictures of this activity!