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Clouds made of craft materials are balanced on a mobile, creating a swirling decoration that shows the different cloud types.

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Originating Source NASA Space Place
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Activity Instructions Were Clear and Easy to Follow 
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05/16/2018

A fun, easy, clearly-described activity

This activity, which was designed and made available by the people behind the NASA Space Place, is a straightforward craft which is likely to annoy everyone who hates those mylar shreds used in mass-produced Easter baskets. Which is a lot of people, I think. The lady who does our custodial work at our library was leaving shreds on my desk all week in silent (and highly effective) protest. It was also tricky to track down the mylar shreds in our local stores during the dead of winter, but I did eventually find some in a thrift store at a markdown. My recommendation would be to go with something else light and flappy, like crepe paper. We used crepe paper and cardboard instead of foam in a second iteration of our weather-centric Story Time program, and it worked just fine to illustrate the same principles as the mylar shreds and styrofoam. The parents were also infinitely happier to let the kids put their mouths near the crepe paper and cardboard, which is a triple bonus feature of any craft for kids.

As far as this activity’s strengths, there are many! It’s a fun craft which utilizes beginner scissor skills (so crucial to kindergarten readiness!) and fine motor skills (it’s difficult even for adults to pick up the mylar shreds one by one, but the kids had fun with that). It utilizes materials which most librarians and educators already have lying around. And while it requires a little patience to get right, it results in a finished product which may even survive the car ride home, which not every library craft does.

Another strength is the video included in the instructions. If you don’t have time to build your own physical model ahead of time (which is always recommended, but not always possible), the video is detailed yet straightforward enough to provide a decent substitute. The instructions are interspersed with little “fun fact” sections which older kids utilizing this activity on their own might appreciate. And there’s the option to save and print a PDF version of the activity, making it a perfect passive craft to add to your Makerspace or other static library displays.

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Cloud Mobile

Cloud Mobile

Clouds made of craft materials are balanced on a mobile, creating a swirling decoration that shows the different cloud types.