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Take & Make: Make a Cloud Mobile

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Patrons learn about four kinds of clouds while constructing a mobile of feathery clouds that will twist and turn in a gentle breeze. Turn this into a "Take & Make" activity by creating bags for each patron with the printed cloud templates (2 pages), 2-3 pieces of Styrofoam or white cardboard, 2 thin wooden skewers, Mylar shred (such as used for gift baskets, and some lightweight string.

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Add a Tech Twist For youger patrons, do all of the cutting work before the program or have their older siblings or parents help with that part.
Hints for uses in your library "Take & Make" tip: consider including the hyperlink to the How-To video in the bag so patrons can watch it at home as they make their Cloud Mobile.
Related Links Hands on program version
10 Interesting Things About Earth
What Are Clouds?
What is Earth?
What Causes the Seasons?
Why is the Sky Blue?
Originating Source Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Related Books
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Clouds by Alice K. Flanagan
Clouds by Roy Wandelmaier (Also available in Braille and Spanish )
What Do You See in a Cloud? by Allan Fowler
The cloud book : words and pictures by Tomie DePaola
Little Cloud by Eric Carle
Explore My World Clouds by Marfe Ferguson Delano
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw
The Kids' Book of Clouds & Sky by Frank J. Staub
The cloudspotter's guide : the science, history, and culture of clouds by Gavin Pretor-Pinney (Also available in Italian , French and other languages )
The Man Who Named the Clouds by Joan Holub and Julie Hanna
Fluffy, Flat, and Wet by Dana Meachen Rau (Also available in Spanish )

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Take & Make: Make a Cloud Mobile

Take & Make: Make a Cloud Mobile

Patrons learn about four kinds of clouds while constructing a mobile of feathery clouds that will twist and turn in a gentle breeze. Turn this into a "Take & Make" activity by creating bags for each patron with the printed cloud templates (2 pages), 2-3 pieces of Styrofoam or white cardboard, 2 thin wooden skewers, Mylar shred (such as used for gift baskets, and some lightweight string.