Cloud Study for Homeschool Nature Study

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?

The answer is more serious than you might think.

Today’s nature study: Clouds

Nature Study: Clouds

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Creative Walk:

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.

Follow-up Activity:

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

You need:
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!

Read a Book or Two if You Like:

Today’s nature study ideas are just a very small sampling of similar suggestions you’ll find in the NaturExplorers Captivating Clouds study!

16 Comments

  1. I love that recipe for cloud cookies! We definitely need to try it (though we STILL haven’t done our Resurrection cookies!)

  2. These are actually similar to resurrection cookies. You could use the resurrection recipe and make it work for both a Bible and cloud tie-in! lol

  3. We are doing the Captivating Clouds study right now! Love your Nature Studies!!!! They have been a continual source of fun and inspiration and just an all around BLESSING! 🙂

  4. Making cloud cookies sounds like fun!

  5. I can’t wait to study clouds. It’s on my list. 🙂

  6. So fun. Thanks for including a whole new realm of the home to incorporate into our nature studies.

  7. This will be a perfect fit for us this week. We are currently Constable for art and, of course, clouds are a big focus in many of his works.

  8. Clouds are next on our list for nature study. The cookies sound like fun! Thank you!

  9. Oh, this looks so fun. I don’t even like meringue cookies 🙂

  10. Sarah James says:

    I didn’t realize the wind in the southern hemisphere goes the other direction! Such a cool fact! We love looking for pictures in the clouds, but I’ve not thought of making cloud cookies. 🙂 That would be fun!!!

  11. The clouds always fascinate. It baffles me how they help to predict the weather.

  12. Clouds might be our next purchase! You have such a gift with these studies!!

  13. We actually studied Clouds not to long ago and made a moral of the different ways they looked on our dining room table. I might have to do a review just for the cookies!! LOL

  14. We’ve watched clouds or pointed out interesting ones, but not done a formal study.

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