Welcome to my 10 Days Series on the topic of nature study! Each of the ten days brings you a creative nature walk idea and a fun follow-up activity to spark your enthusiasm for nature study today!
Why study nature?
Today’s nature study: Clouds
Did you know most of the wind in the northern hemisphere (north of the equator) blows from west to east and in the southern hemisphere (south of the equator) it blows mainly from east to west? On today’s walk, you should first notice how fast the clouds are moving. Next, talk about the wind’s role in that movement. Older children can use a compass to identify the direction of the wind based on the movement of the clouds. You might even bring along a map of the United States (or a map from another part of the world) to discuss and note your findings.
Today’s follow-up activity is strictly fun and yummy! Wait until after dinner to start the recipe because it will need to sit in your oven overnight.
Meringue Cloud Cookies
3 egg whites
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
¾ cup superfine sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray lightly with cooking oil. Beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Add sugar slowly and continue beating until very stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla extract. Use two spoons to place “clouds” of meringue on the cookie sheet. Bake for about 1 ½ hours or until they turn pale and are somewhat crispy. Turn the oven off and leave the door of the oven open slightly overnight. The cloud cookies will be ready to eat tomorrow!
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