Disappearing clouds

I mentioned that I would share with you a few more activities we have been exploring since reading the book “Cloudette” and at this table, the children spent time creating disappearing clouds…

This was an activity that involved writing, drawing, and tracing. Although we did this activity on black construction paper, it can also be easily done on a chalkboard as well…

Our three year olds particularly liked this process. To make a disappearing cloud, you set out black construction paper (or chalk board), white chalk, cups of water, and chalk. I created clouds on sheets of black construction paper ahead of time but you could just let your students draw their own clouds…

The children dip their paintbrushes in the water then trace over the lines of chalk (over the clouds) to make the clouds disappear…

My three/four year old’s enjoyed making the clouds disappear but in the process, they had to come to terms with the idea that once the clouds disappeared, they would be left with nothing but a black piece of paper. They were thinking from the start that they would make a cloud with the chalk to take home with them. Once they made the adjustment, they decided making the clouds disappear was more fun then just drawing clouds…

Super simple to put together and a great process!

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By |2012-04-20T17:00:45+00:00April 20th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Carolyn @ Mama's Little Muse April 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    I love it!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 21, 2012 at 1:23 am - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Carolyn!

  2. Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam April 20, 2012 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Fun!! Love your list of cloud books!
    How long were they able to water paint on the paper before it ripped?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 21, 2012 at 1:22 am - Reply

      Actually the paper never did rip but I think it was because of the kind of paper – it is a very high quality grade construction paper.

  3. Debs - Learn with Play @ home April 21, 2012 at 3:13 am - Reply

    Isn’t sometimes the simplest activities that end up being the most fun? 🙂 Thanks for sharing this one. I was wondering about the paper ripping as well, as I could imagine Maddie absolutely soaking it haha. I’m sure she’d love to make things dissapear so we might use our chalkboard so that we can repeat the activity many times. This would be great for learning to write letters, etc. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 21, 2012 at 8:53 am - Reply

      Perhaps if the paper rips, this could be part of the learning experience – especially since it isn’t a “take-home” kind of artwork. Trying to figure out how to paint on the water then gently move the paper so it doesn’t tear would have its own value in the learning process. If the paper does tear, then just make a paper and chalk collage out of it:)

  4. Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas April 21, 2012 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Such a simple and fun idea! My girls love the book Cloudette!

  5. andiejaye April 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    painting with water! what a fun way to explore cause and effect! we’ll have to check and see if our library has Cloudette!

  6. Ness @ One Perfect Day April 22, 2012 at 11:41 am - Reply

    This is such a great idea. I think I’ll try it out with my son with letters and numbers. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 23, 2012 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your comment and I hope you do give it a try!

      • Ness @ One Perfect Day May 17, 2012 at 9:21 am

        Hi Deborah! We finally tried this and it was a definite hit! My son really enjoyed it and it turned from a pre-writing excercise into an actual writing exercise when he decided to write with the chalk himself before painting it off with the water. Thanks again for the inspiration for this.

  7. Kim @ Little Stories April 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Simple & smart. I like that they had to be okay with the clouds going away. It’s good practice for loving something but not needing to hold on to it, right? Very special stuff there.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      Yes, it was an interesting concept to observe the children since they had to make a choice.

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